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4 buttons or 3 buttons for blazer cuffs

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Silver19, Sep 30, 2006.

  1. radicaldog

    radicaldog Senior member

    Feb 11, 2009
    Three on a 2B is probably the safest choice (slightly more casual), but four wouldn't be wrong either.
  2. eg1

    eg1 Senior member

    Jan 22, 2007
    Burlington, ON
    My old ratty RTW 3B SB no-vented one has 3 sleeve buttons. I have two custom-tailored 3B SB double-vented navy blazers -- one has 3 sleeve buttons, the other has 4.
  3. Bird's One View

    Bird's One View Senior member

    Jan 15, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    If we are talking about metal buttons, I would want no more than three. Better if they do not touch (I don't like the noise).
  4. Diavolo

    Diavolo Senior member

    Mar 23, 2009
    or go with 4 buttons and unbutton 1 or 2 depending on your mood [​IMG]

  5. robert in LA

    robert in LA Well-Known Member

    Jun 22, 2009
    Los Angeles
    Well, that's one theory...

    Interesting that Wikipedia doesn't support the HMS Blazer story. Here is their remark:

    The term blazer originated with the red 'blazers' of the Lady Margaret Boat Club, the rowing club of St. John's College, Cambridge. The Lady Margaret jackets were termed blazers due to their bright red 'blazing' colour, and the term was adopted for wider use later. These early blazers were like later sports jackets, but this term has never referred to blazers, instead describing jackets derived from the later innovation of wearing odd jackets for land-based sports. Assertions that the name is derived from HMS Blazer are not borne out by contemporary sources, although it is reported that before the standardisation of uniform in the Royal Navy, the crew of HMS Blazer wore "striped blue and white jackets",[2] apparently in response to the sailors of HMS Harlequin being turned out in harlequin suits.[3]
  6. JLibourel

    JLibourel Senior member

    Aug 7, 2004
    I think two sleeve buttons are supposed to be classic and traditional for an odd jacket. I still prefer four for both suits and odd jackets.

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