Originally Posted by KenKen
How can you tell the buttons are too high?
Where should they be?
What is the rule of thumb for button stance?
There aren't really any hard and fast rules, only loose guidelines and trial and error. I find that the easiest way to think about the button stance is to think of it in architectual terms. Just as an architect can alter the look of a facade by changing where the windows sit, so a tailor, by moving the button stance up or down, can alter how a suit's lines and curves come together. This can be thought of in practical terms -- a higher button stance lends an illusion of height to a short person, and a lower button stance makes a tall person look less towering -- but there's also an aesthetic element to it, which means that a particular button stance might have both merits and demerits depending on which of these considerations you lend weight to. I find your jacket unaesthetic in that the "V" area between the buttoning point and the collar points is disproportionally small compared to the "V" area between your crotch and your shoes. This gives the ensemble an unbalanced, disharmonious look, much like -- to return to the earlier analogy -- how a displaced window can make a facade look discordant.