2 button vs 3 button suits

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  1. voltronf0rce

    voltronf0rce Member

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    I am buying clothes and am wondering what is the difference between 2 button and 3 button. I know 3 button suits are more common today and 2 button suits are making a comeback.

    I just want to know how these suits highlight the body. For example, does one suit flatter taller profiles or heavier bodies? Does it matter what color (dark vs khaki color) I am 5 '10, 155lbs athletic lean guy.

    any input?
     
  2. Jovan

    Jovan Banned for Good

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    Either is just as common as far as I can see. I think two button is a good, classic, safe choice for anyone personally.
     
  3. Jolly Green

    Jolly Green Well-Known Member

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    I THINK...

    -3 buttons, in which the top button is designed to be buttoned flatters just about nobody. I have never seen one that I fell in love with.

    -3 buttons, in which the to buttoin is not designed to be buttoned (Lapel roll goes below the top button) is very nice. I've seen several examples that I like. Long vertical line and vast expanse of cloth, I expect, would be benificial to the short to average height.

    "I think two button is a good, classic, safe choice for anyone personally" Can't say it any better than that.

    Cheers,
    D
     
  4. Broadway

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    Two-button shows the shirt and tie more, so if you're well coordinated, no reason to hide it behind a 3rd button. But I've seen some very nice 3-buttons where the 3rd button is placed a bit lower. Personal preference, methinks.
     
  5. macuser3of5

    macuser3of5 Senior member

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    2 buttons or less, for me.
     
  6. nmoraitis

    nmoraitis Senior member

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    Just to add my two cents here. A two-button has longer lapels, so is going to have a more sliming affect than a three-button. My preference now is on the two-button, but both will always look good.
     
  7. kitonbrioni

    kitonbrioni Senior member

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    It's part of one's personal style. Try on several makers in 2 and 3 button and see what you think.
     
  8. thinman

    thinman Senior member

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    I'm tall and thin, however, I have very long legs. So I prefer 2-button suits because the lower buttoning point shows more shirt and tie, elongating my torso and giving me balance. I also like 3-roll-2 jackets very much because I love the 3-dimensional look of a nicely rolled lapel. I would never wear a true 3-button jacket and I was unreasonably annoyed by an alterations tailor who insisted on buttoning the top button of my 3-button jacket every time I tried it on. Sheeesh!
     
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    Tomasso Senior member

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    -3 buttons, in which the top button is designed to be buttoned flatters just about nobody.

    You just need to button all three[​IMG]

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  10. Jolly Green

    Jolly Green Well-Known Member

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    AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.....................

    It can be done well!! Thanks.


    It's still my least favorite of the correct SB or even DB styles.

    Cheers,
    D
     
  11. Maximus Mark

    Maximus Mark Senior member

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    If it's a two button make sure it's tapered and fits really well or you look like you're hiding a tent in your midsection. I've seen horrid two button sack suits, which are just not my style.

    I do prefer the two-button look, if fit is perfect.
     
  12. voltronf0rce

    voltronf0rce Member

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    i was looking into buying a 2 button black wool suit. any suggestions where i can buy one online.
     
  13. EL72

    EL72 Senior member

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    i was looking into buying a 2 button black wool suit. any suggestions where i can buy one online.

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  14. NoVaguy

    NoVaguy Senior member

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    always a good time for another black suit thread.
     
  15. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Black suits look much better when made up in the wrinkle-free miracle fabric of polyester. It's the sheen, I think.
     

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