Esquire -That is because they know your hips won't fit in the sleeve. But seriously, guys and gals, the above thread reminds me of Mortimer Levitt's confidential 100 page manual for Custom Shop salespersons. If memory serves, it contained four pages of simple reasons you could tell customers which would explain why their sleeves were too short ... and why too short was correct. The following three pages offered simple explanations for customers as to why their sleeves were too long ... and why too long was correct. The bottom shirt button does have an important purpose. If properly placed, it will assist your shirt in remaining tucked when you raise your arms. That isn't to say any of the carefully thought out 'designer's talking points' above are untruthful. But they don't have to achieve untruthfulness to be hype. Except Faustian whose personal argument has merit.The rub here is that you are incorrectly solving a fitting defect by overcoming it with force. In all probability, the rear waist of your shirt is an inch or so too small. This is creating a strain under the circumstances you cite. The correct solution would be to add fabric where necessary. edited for stupid spelling
Quote:It was interesting that they didn't mention the need for a horizontal buttonhole on the gauntlet of a shirt.
Quote:buttonholes provide resistance to unbuttoning in the direction of the slit. on long tailed shirts, i have had the same problem with the BOTTOM button, where the two front halves of the shirt split from each other at the crotch. at this point on the shirt placket there is more horizontal stress placed on the button than any of the others (aside from the collar), so much so that i have had this bottom button come undone after, say, sitting down or taking a long stride. the horizontal buttonhole resists this problem more effectively than a vertical one. i know this from experience.