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Are surgeon cuffs on a blazer (ie w/ metal buttons) a fashion faux pas?

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Friend and I were arguing over whether or not it is...he is more of "fashiony" dresser. He bought a costume national blazer (navy blue) with a whole bunch of details, one of which was working buttons. And I mentioned that it looked stupid to have the last button unbuttoned, and especially with a blazer since it was a fashion faux pas.
 

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Is wingtip too casual for a job interview?

Let's discuss.
 

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The presence of surgeon cuffs is never a faux pas, unless they prevent altering the sleeves to the correct length.

Leaving them unbuttoned, on the other hand, is open to debate...
 

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yes, but surgeon cuffs originate from needing to roll the sleeves up. And metal buttons with (faux) heraldic crests were more common with people who weren't working professionals.

Hence why I thought the two didn't go well together.
 

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Originally Posted by buddha123
He bought a costume national blazer (navy blue) with a whole bunch of details, one of which was working buttons.

C'N'C, then? Mainline clothes are usually pretty restrained, but then again we don't know what you mean by details or "whole bunch".
 

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Originally Posted by buddha123
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yes, but surgeon cuffs originate from needing to roll the sleeves up. And metal buttons with (faux) heraldic crests were more common with people who weren't working professionals.

Hence why I thought the two didn't go well together.


It appears that Manton was only the 122nd reincarnation of the Buddha. Send this one back - it needs seasoning.
 

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Originally Posted by Matt S
They are buttons after all. It makes more sense that they would function.
This is how I feel about them. If there are buttons on a sleeve, then make them functional.
 

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Originally Posted by Sanguis Mortuum
The presence of surgeon cuffs is never a faux pas, unless they prevent altering the sleeves to the correct length.

+1
 

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Originally Posted by Sanguis Mortuum
The presence of surgeon cuffs is never a faux pas, unless they prevent altering the sleeves to the correct length.

Leaving them unbuttoned, on the other hand, is open to debate...


It's a faux pas if you had the buttons opened after the coat was made. Save the $80.

Originally Posted by Matt S
They are buttons after all. It makes more sense that they would function.

Blazer buttons are uniform and ornamental. No surgeon ever wore one. And it looks terrible, from my pre-SF experience.
 

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Blazer buttons are uniform and ornamental. No surgeon ever wore one. And it looks terrible, from my pre-SF experience.[/quote]

I disagree. Hunt buttons on hunting coats are often set in functional buttonholes on bespoke and non-bespoke jackets alike (in England, at any rate.)
I collect antique livery, club, hunt and military buttons, most from the nineteenth century. Because the have a substantial loop on their reverse they do not look so well sewn onto sleeves directly. They will dangle and flop about. With functional buttonholes they should sit more flush to the sleeve fabric. If the fabric is thin, a second set of holes may have to be sewn into the bottom sleeve surface so that the button will sit properly.
The finest set I have ever seen in use was an eighteenth-century silver hand-engraved set depicting favorite horses (with names), dogs ( ditto). and scenes from stages of the hunt. Six coat and eight sleeve. VERY rare and on a quite nice bespoke navy blazer. The buttons were probably a gift the the owner's father, who at one time had one of the finest fine and decorative art collections in the country.
 

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Thank you. I've learned something.
 

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