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post #16 of 40
It looks like its meant to be worn with the top 2 buttons left undone. Ive seen other photos of jackets like that in the past. They look nice enough but really they may as well be a 3 button in that case. The only real difference is that you can see an extra hole in the lapel for the 4th button which never looked right to me.
post #17 of 40
In my opinion it only works for shorter guys as it adds more visual length with each additional button. However, anyone over 6 foot tall looks freakishly tall with more than three buttons. Sadly, stylists who dress professional athletes are not privy to this information. Here's an example of GetSmart (who I believe is on the shorter side of average) where it definitely works: 4-button
post #18 of 40
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Originally Posted by pocketsquareguy View Post
Many classic equestrian jackets have had four buttons for over 200 years.
I agree. But this coat is not one of those. That said ... I don't always use a classic equestrian coat when I ride ... in fact I rarely do. I most often ride wearing a tweed odd coat with one button ... next most common is three button.
post #19 of 40
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Originally Posted by bmf895 View Post
Here's an example of GetSmart (who I believe is on the shorter side of average) where it definitely works:

4-button

Not the example I would have chosen.
post #20 of 40
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Originally Posted by bmf895 View Post
Here's an example of GetSmart (who I believe is on the shorter side of average) where it definitely works: 4-button
I completely disagree. I dont think that looks good at all. It would be way nicer with only 3 buttons.
post #21 of 40
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Originally Posted by Miles Gloriosus View Post
Not the example I would have chosen.

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Originally Posted by potemkin_city_limits View Post
I completely disagree. I dont think that looks good at all. It would be way nicer with only 3 buttons.

The four-button look is not for everybody. It's a bold look and not for the faint-hearted. My point was that it looks silly on taller gentlemen because it makes them look even taller thus throwing everything out of proportion.
post #22 of 40
I'm not a fan.
post #23 of 40
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Originally Posted by pocketsquareguy View Post
Many classic equestrian jackets have had four buttons for over 200 years.

Yup, reminds me a bit of something like this:



^ Though this is technically a 3-button, the stance is similarly high enough that you could easily add a 4th on the cut-away.
post #24 of 40
That jacket does not look bad at all. I usually like to have only 2 buttons, except for my field jackets. The 4 buttons goes well on them, since they are more casual.
post #25 of 40
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Originally Posted by bmf895 View Post
The four-button look is not for everybody. It's a bold look and not for the faint-hearted. My point was that it looks silly on taller gentlemen because it makes them look even taller thus throwing everything out of proportion.

I have a four button jacket of military origin that would look great if it wasn't a size too big. I just think the outfit you showed was terrible.
post #26 of 40
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Originally Posted by edmorel View Post
I think Doc has one and in his manner of dressing, it works.

The crazy manner of dressing?

I do own a four-button coat, but it has large lapels, and the top button is mounted on the lapel, such that the coat can't be buttoned all the way up. It has buttonable flap pockets on both breast and hip to boot.

I like mine very much, but do not care for the one in the OP. Mainly for the same reasons Ed mentioned. It's not, IMO, a good specimen of the form. I like GetSmart's much better.

That said, there is an argument to be made for the legitimacy of the four-button coat in the traditional canon. They're little seen today, but Brooks used to sell them, back when Brooks was Brooks. They're something of a remnant of the early days of the 20th century, when what was correct was less limited than it is now.
post #27 of 40
Thread Starter 
Thanks all who have contributed thus far. I think generally, a 4 button can work. However, it's not going to be one such as my OP.

Like I mentioned, I wasn't too sure myself. However, I honestly cannot say that I hate. Having said that, I can honestly say that don't like it completely either.

"Interesting, Mr Bond..."

Clint
post #28 of 40
It looks like a nice coat. What are you going to use it for. Walking along a windy beech in the winter it's great. Maybe hiking up in the mountains. It would be handy in a ski resort. Watching football games where it is cold is another place. For a general sports coat I would go with three buttons or less, but the reasons above and others of that sort is fine for a four button coat.
post #29 of 40
I like it more on a Forestiere or a Half-Norfolk, but it looks good!
post #30 of 40
Thread Starter 
Interesteing. I doubt that I'd be using the jacket (if I owned one) to be doing much else than going for walks around some of our local parks.

I've got plenty enough jackets to wear. I was simple curious about this 4 button jacket.

I thought (hoped) that there would be unanimous comments against or for the coat. However, things seem a little less clearer than I expected.

Still not sure how much I like it. I'm around 60% like at present. Doesn't necessarily mean that I'd buy it though.

Thanks to all who's contributed.

Clint
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