Originally Posted by rrothsch
That's it, looks pretty strange to me. This style is just not my cup of tea so is removing the interior button pretty easy? Frankly, I don't know why WW Chan would give me this type of button if I didn't specifially ask for it. I've ordered 10 suits previously from them and any styling is talked about at our appointments but not on this one.
Link buttons work like chained cufflinks, so neither button is an "interior" button. As the photograph that I posted above shows, both buttons face outward when done up.
When you unbutton it, you would normally loosen the button on your left, leaving the pair in the buttonhole on your right.
The jacket fronts, thus, have no overlap as is the case in a standard button, just as double/French cuffs on a shirt have no overlap. Again, see the photograph.
Since you already have facing buttonholes cut, your only easy alternative would be to replace the button on your right with a simple, flat black button. Ideally, Chan would not have used metal-shanked covered buttons for the front...see below:
If it is an unshanked, or linen/silk shanked, covered button, you simple have the button sewn tightly against the simple, flat black button, which lies against the buttonhole on the interior of the jacket.
If it is metal-shanked, then you might have to have your seamstress test out how tightly she or he can get the interior button.
The simple, flat black button should be thin and a little greater in diameter than the buttonhole.
Your jacket would have (or should have) been fitted with no overlap in the fronts in mind. Returning it to a "normal" buttoning would mean some overlap, and a tightening of the waist. Keep this in mind.
Originally Posted by Bounder
Me too. But if you have that kind of set up, isn't it meant to be buttoned? Otherwise, you have either two button holes and no button or a sort of black pom-pom on a string dangling around your midsection.
A man who is uncomfortable with the dégagé affect of the link dangle can find a bit of refuge by pulling the right button inside the jacket. So, you dangle on the inside and not on the outside, something is generally advisable in other aspects of social behavior.