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Why do men button the top button of a three button

post #1 of 13
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I just want to walk up to that guy and unbutton that top button on a beautifully rolled three button suit or sport jacket. Have you ever been that bold to correct anyones fashion faux pas?
post #2 of 13
Sure, but not a stranger. If it were a friend, I'd gently suggest it was not meant to be done that way, and would look better the right way. I think many men have the idea that if it's there, it must be functional. Witness the Brooks Bros. catalog pictures with all three buttons done up, including (the horror) the bottom one.
post #3 of 13
But, IMO, cheap fused suits with no collar roll whatsoever look pretty much the same with or without that button done up. With no roll, the buttonhole lies right on top of the button anyway.
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But, IMO, cheap fused suits with no collar roll whatsoever look pretty much the same with or without that button done up.  With no roll, the buttonhole lies right on top of the button anyway.
This is not unique to fused suits. Even full canvas suits can be cut with short lapels that are rolled to the top button.
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Have you ever been that bold to correct anyones fashion faux pas?
Yes, if shouting at the television when the weather man has all 3 of a 3b sb done up, or a huge windsor knot fighting for space between his straight cut collars counts. Better still has anyone ever had someone try to correct their fashion "faux pas" only for you to have to point out that you are in fact correct, and it is they that are wrong? I can remember, following a function in which I attended in military mess dress uniform, a female attempting to mock me at length about my, according to her, "Simon Cowell" style trousers, worn very high. She though this was some hilarious fashion mistake of mine. I was forced to point out to her that they were in fact cavalry britches, they are a traditional uniform item, with a history of hundreds of years and they are supposed to be up there.
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(zjpj83 @ 13 Nov. 2004, 3:09) But, IMO, cheap fused suits with no collar roll whatsoever look pretty much the same with or without that button done up. With no roll, the buttonhole lies right on top of the button anyway.
This is not unique to fused suits. Even full canvas suits can be cut with short lapels that are rolled to the top button.
I suppose I'm saying I don't like that look (3 button, rolled to top button or just above), as I think it looks just as bad as a 3 button jacket with the top button buttoned.
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I suppose I'm saying I don't like that look (3 button, rolled to top button or just above), as I think it looks just as bad as a 3 button jacket with the top button buttoned.
I'm with you there.
post #8 of 13
Doesn't it depend on the suit itself, whether or not you button the top button for 3 button jacket? I think some suits are designed to have theirs buttoned, and others aren't. Although, I'm not sure how you know by looking at it.
post #9 of 13
not only do i often button the top button, but sometimes i *only* button the top button. good thing no one "corrects" me, as i'd be rude about it. now, if i were buttoning the bottom button, you'd have an understandable  peeve. though even when i just button the top, my coats hang closed, i.e. i've got no gut... [and i add, on my jackets with double zippers: i often zip the bottom one up halfway, so it hangs like a tailored coat]
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Doesn't it depend on the suit itself, whether or not you button the top button for 3 button jacket? I think some suits are designed to have theirs buttoned, and others aren't. Although, I'm not sure how you know by looking at it.
Check out this thread: http://www.styleforum.net/cgi-bin....;t=6128
post #11 of 13
If you are willing to accept the maker's word about how he intended the third button to be used, you can sometimes get a hint from examining the third button hole. The side of the lapel on which the button hole is cleanly finished is the one that's supposed to show.
post #12 of 13
Yes, Gary, I've done this. Well, not physically, but I have told more than one guy that "Hey dude, your jacket is a three roll two button model, you're not really supposed to button the top button. Ruins the look." And you've seen how casually I personally dress, so I nearly always get wierd looks unless I'm in LA.
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Have you ever been that bold to correct anyones fashion faux pas?
Yes, if shouting at the television when the weather man has all 3 of a 3b sb done up, or a huge windsor knot fighting for space between his straight cut collars counts. Better still has anyone ever had someone try to correct their fashion "faux pas" only for you to have to point out that you are in fact correct, and it is they that are wrong? I can remember, following a function in which I attended in military mess dress uniform, a female attempting to mock me at length about my, according to her, "Simon Cowell" style trousers, worn very high. She though this was some hilarious fashion mistake of mine. I was forced to point out to her that they were in fact cavalry britches, they are a traditional uniform item, with a history of hundreds of  years and they are supposed to be up there.
Do you perchance live in NYC?  Jim Castillo on the local FOX affiliate does this all the time...it looks so damn bad.  Like he is being strangled by his suit.
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