Originally Posted by Klobber
Button the middle button - it is quite common on 3 button jackets to button just the middle. I do in any case habitually.
Usually I button just the middle one, here I tried to make up for the missing length. With just the middle one, I think something looks more wrong than before. (see below)
By seems of it, you are like me, conservative with occasional taste for eccentricity.
Originally Posted by cncrd
I was going to suggest a trick my tailor once tried for me on an L-length jacket that had a high button stance. He raised the pocket flaps about 3/4", so that they still covered the pocket opening, but gave the jacket better balance. It seems like a small adjustment, but having the flap that little bit higher worked to bring the shortened jacket back to a better proportion.
Very good idea. Thanks.
But looking at your jacket, it seems that the button positioning is really too low to do much. If you button the middle button only, you'll really see how much the balance is off now. It seems to look better with the top two fastened than it might with the middle one only.
Yes, the best buttoning point would be between the top two.
Originally Posted by blahman
I don't know. As a newbie, I do not possess the keen eye for the details experienced members have but looking at it there's a feeling of something not right about it - a sort of nagging discord.
Exactly this is what I think. Since many of the rules are aimed for delivering a pleasent appearance to the common fellas, I guess most people will notice but can't say--in opposition to the expert--where the problem is.
Anyway, here are some additional pictures, this time only with the middle button closed.
Pocket flaps turned inside:
Waist taken in a bit (with the help of clamps in the back):
There are possibly issues with the area around the top button, so I guess my first take with buttoning the top two was better.
However, I'll take this opportunity to see what can be done with this blazer to rescue (of fvck up) as much as possible.