Anyhoot, my esteem for those gentleman has just been lowered. Why not just staple your tailoring bill, highlighting the tailor, to your breast pocket. Bad taste these unbottoned cuffs -- no two ways about it.
Well, no personal offense intended, but that appears to be a bit of narrow thinking. Â While I personally do not wear my sleeve buttons undone, I can allow for the fact that other people of equally good taste would do so and that it does not have to be "bad taste...no two ways about it." As for the tailoring bill comment, one might consider the opposite rationale, as well. Â If one were to assume that, as a matter of course, all jackets (or quality jackets...and who would want to wear one of no quality?) had working buttonholes on the sleeve, then it would not be showing off (or stapling your tailor bill to the breast pocket) to leave them buttoned or unbuttoned. Â It is only when one considers working buttonholes to be somehow special or otherwise out of the ordinary that one becomes particularly conscious (or self-conscious) about whether or not they are buttoned. Â Although I do not leave mine unbuttoned, I would have no reservation about doing so if I felt like it. Â I imagine that anyone from my social circle would assume that my jackets had working buttonholes, regardless of what I chose to do with them...so then it is really just a matter of preference or style (not economy or status) whether or not they are left buttoned or unbuttoned, no different, really, than if I were to fold or poof my handkerchief or if I chose to wear a flower in my lapel. Â
I can vividly recall my old Classics professor drilling into our heads Aristotle's admonishing one not to appeal to authority for argument -- it seldom works as a rhetorical manouevre.
Well, while you may have a reasonable rhetorical point, once again, my opinion differs. Â For the most part, I think that taste in clothing is a matter of tradition (the whole idea of button sleeves in the first place, for instance, or of wearing a tie). Â In light of that understanding, I do not believe that appealing to authority (or, more properly, in this case, pointing out earlier paragons of the tradition itself) is such a bad way to examine a habit or affectation of today in light of its tradition. Â I'd love to argue the point further, but, sadly, I am off to the office.