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post #16 of 82
I wear one button undone most of the time when I wear my one higher end suit (thanks, Lance!), and I don't find it tacky. Some would probably consider it affected simply to outdress 99% of the population (which most of this forum likely does on a daily basis), not to mention to dress in expensive bespoke suits, shirts, and $1000 shoes (which I don't, by the way, but many surely do) regardless of whether one has one sleeve button undone. The issue of open sleeve buttons to me seems a very minor detail, and I just frankly don't care if anyone has a problem with it.
post #17 of 82
Each undone sleeve buttonhole signals the number of fly buttons you've left undone.
post #18 of 82
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Originally Posted by Artisan Fan
I think leaving one is fine. It may be more of a way to celebrate artisanship than showing off in my opinion.


what he said. Also I think it depends on context. In a business context they must be buttoned IMO. In social context, one can be undone depending on rest of outfit.
post #19 of 82
I don't leave one button undone but sometimes undo them all and push/roll both my shirtcuffs and sleeve ends back if I'm in a casual setting and doing something with my hands, eating at a bbq/picnic and particularly out of the city. Now back to our regularly scheduled flaming....
post #20 of 82
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Originally Posted by horton
what he said. Also I think it depends on context. In a business context they must be buttoned IMO. In social context, one can be undone depending on rest of outfit.

I was wondering about that. If I'm meeting with (usually) much older executives, for example, I probably would button up, for the same reason that I'd typically lose the pocket square - so as not to give them any reason to think I am pretentious, affected, etc.
post #21 of 82
No issue with one button undone, so far, but I reserve the right to change my mind from time to time
post #22 of 82
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Originally Posted by Tuerney1
If I'm in a casual setting and doing something with my hands, eating at a bbq/picnic and particularly out of the city.
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If I'm at a BBQ/picnic the last thing I'm wearing is a suit jacket, much less one that has functioning button cuffs.

I'm in the camp of do whatever you want with your buttons. Personally I leave them all buttoned, but if someone chooses to unbutton one, two, three etc it doesnt bother me
post #23 of 82
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Originally Posted by Get Smart
If I'm at a BBQ/picnic the last thing I'm wearing is a suit jacket, much less one that has functioning button cuffs.

Well, the original post never said anything about a suit, unless I misread it, simply a jacket with buttonholes.

If I can avoid it, I generally don't wear business clothes to social functions, but there are plenty of times I've been at a bbq, garden party, cocktail party that devolved/evolved to a bonfire on the beach outside, where it was cool enough to want my sportcoat (or even suit coat) on but I rolled up my sleeves a bit.

To each his own.
post #24 of 82
It looks like you are wearing a jacket with a button missing.
post #25 of 82
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Originally Posted by Artisan Fan
Maybe they got something right...for the first time ever.

Massimo does it and he is one of my style icons.

Right now I am at a 1 to 2 buttons undone stage and I notice that a lot of Italians (via Naples, not Brooklyn) wear one to all undone. I don't do that for more formal business occasions but I like the rakishness of the buttons undone, a puffed out pocket square and a tie knot that is slightly askew. The legends that I try to style myself after usually wore things in a manner that many today and then considered naff, i.e Gianni with his watch over his shirt cuff. Anyone can look good following "the rules", it takes a lot more work and balls to look good going against the grain.
post #26 of 82
I never knew the sleeve buttons were such a big deal.

When I wear a suit...that means I`m usually in a more formal/business setting so I leave all my buttons up (the jacket sleeves, shirt cuffs, shirt collar, and of course pants ) When I`m wearing a sports jacket (which is about 90% of the time for me) I usually leave a few buttons undone.

Leaving sleeve buttons undone (to me) is just another casual way of wearing my jackets. Sometimes I don`t button my shirt cuff buttons either. I would compare it to wearing a shirt with one or two collar buttons undone...it`s no big deal
post #27 of 82
95% Won't notice or care. 5% of people will notice and I don't care what they think.
post #28 of 82
It's an affectation, like a popped collar.
post #29 of 82
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Originally Posted by Aureus
95% Won't notice or care. 5% of people will notice and I don't care what they think.

But if that's the case, why do it?
post #30 of 82
It's the secret handshake of artisan fans worldwide.
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