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A happy median between coats that look good buttoned and coats that look good un-buttoned?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by The Louche, Jan 23, 2013.

  1. The Louche

    The Louche Senior member

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    Anyone have a problem getting coats that wear well both buttoned and un-buttoned?

    I normally wear my coats un-buttoned; I know it’s “taboo,” but it just fits my work environment and personality. While most of my coats look good—albeit a hare too snug—when I do decide to button them, I had one that was simply too tight. I had the waist let out a bit, and while it now looks great when worn buttoned, it looks very boxy when worn unbuttoned.

    To make matters more complicated, I find it particularly troubling that this coat doesn’t look as good when worn unbuttoned as it once did because it's part of a three-piece suit—I’ve always found that it is advantageous to wear those with the coat un-buttoned in order to mitigate the formality of one worn with a buttoned coat.

    Do others have this dilemma?
     
  2. Caustic Man

    Caustic Man Senior member

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    I'm not being facetious, but as far as I'm concerned if a jacket doesn't fit well when buttoned, it doesn't fit well period.
     
  3. The Louche

    The Louche Senior member

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    Agreed, but shouldn't it look good un-buttoned as well for those times when one chooses to wear it that way?
     
  4. Caustic Man

    Caustic Man Senior member

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    Well the only time I unbutton a jacket, generally speaking, is when I sit down. I think the problem you are having is that sport coats, blazers, or whatever, were simply designed to be worn buttoned most of the time. It's like trying to find a pair of pants that looks good with the fly undone. It's just not made for it.
     
  5. HughJ

    HughJ Senior member

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    Well put.
     
  6. meursault42

    meursault42 Well-Known Member

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    I think what was said above is pretty much spot on.
    That said, I'm confused about your question. How does a coat look good unbuttoned? Stop me if I'm off track here, but it sounds like you are saying your jackets are usually very slim and fit to your body shape when unbuttoned (thus making them a hair too tight when buttoned). If this is your problem, you can stop right there, because you won't get a happy answer. If a jacket is tight enough to look slimming when unbuttoned, it will be (probably) too tight when buttoned, and if it fits properly (with no lines) when buttoned, it will purposely have enough loose fabric to lose the close look you are going for.

    That said, if I'm totally off track, you may want to consider getting the jackets nipped at the waist for a less boxy look.
     
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    usctrojans31 Senior member

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    Obviously you've never peacocked without underwear.
     
  8. The Louche

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    You are pretty much correct. I suppose that they answer should be to have al of them let-out a touch and begin wearing them buttoned, as they were intended. This will take some getting used-to, however.
     
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    I understand the OP's point. A jacket unbuttoned, on me anyway, looks better if it fits tighter than a jacket that is meant to be buttoned. I like wearing my shirts out (not tucked in), and I like the look of an unbuttoned jacket w/ an untucked button down shirt. I therefore have a couple of jackets cut tight that are not meant to be buttoned. Put another way, I intentionally bought a couple of jackets cut tight for the sole purpose of wearing them unbuttoned.
     
  10. Caustic Man

    Caustic Man Senior member

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    Obviously I'm missing out on something awesome.
     
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