Originally Posted by dcg
Could you elaborate? Not quite sure what you're referring to/why it might be a bad sign.
Lapel buttonholes are traditionally long and straight. On many less expensive brands, they're in the shape of a keyhole, like all the other buttonholes. This saves a step in the production process and allows the maker to save a bit of time (and, to the greater point, money). If you look at the cheap suits at Marshalls, most will have keyholes in the lapel. Some nicer makers use keyholes in the lapel these days, so it's not a conclusive sign, but it can indicate that shortcuts have been taken. Some folks here argue that it's a silly thing to worry about, and Iammatt has shown some nice hand-done keyhole buttonholes. But on RTW, a keyhole in the lapel is usually a sign the coat has been churned out as quickly as possible. From an aesthetic standpoint, I, personally, don't care for it. If nothing else, the big hole is unsightly and unnecessary, considering it's never going to be buttoned.