Buttonless Sleeves on a Suit: interesting statement or horrendous mistake?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Saigonesque, Apr 27, 2012.

  1. Saigonesque

    Saigonesque Active Member

    Messages:
    42
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2011
    Location:
    Charlotteville, VA
    So I was thinking: buttons on the cuffs of a suit are (for the most part) nonfunctional, and even surgeon's cuffs don't fulfill any real role, other than showing off made to measure or bespoke cred. What if someone ordered a jacket made with absolutely zero buttons on the cuff? Could that be done, or would it just look horrendous? Are there any pictures/ precedent for buttonless suit sleeves?
     


  2. jerrybrowne

    jerrybrowne Senior member

    Messages:
    2,902
    Likes Received:
    540
    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2009
    

    This would look really feminine IMHO.
     


  3. Not Ed Harris

    Not Ed Harris Senior member

    Messages:
    202
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2010
    Location:
    London, UK
    A couple of years ago a got a suit in a sample sale that had concealed, but functioning, cuff buttons. After thinking about it I decided it looked weird and took it to a tailor so they could turn them into normal cuffs.

    While you might think it's an interesting idea, chances are that most people when seeing it will think it slightly odd.
     


  4. ter1413

    ter1413 Senior member

    Messages:
    18,315
    Likes Received:
    1,945
    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2009
    Location:
    Central Booking
    i saw a guy on the subway the other day either with just this, or he had the buttons and thought they were optional. really looked stupid!
     


  5. clapeyron

    clapeyron Senior member

    Messages:
    1,695
    Likes Received:
    4,075
    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2012
    I had an overcoat that had this. notice the past tense.

    To me surgeon cuffs or jacket pockets serve entirely a decorative purpose, as they add detail and break up what would otherwise be a plain area of cloth. I don't even cut the pockets open anymore.

    Same with back pockets on women's jeans, they make their asses look nice and they are not intended to use as pockets. women keep their shit in purses. Notice how even baby clothes have pockets?
     
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2012


  6. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

    Messages:
    24,366
    Likes Received:
    410
    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2007
    

    I know a guy who also thought the sleeve buttons were optional, so he didn't have them sewn on to the sleeve. Looked weird.
     


  7. Stirling

    Stirling Senior member

    Messages:
    524
    Likes Received:
    53
    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2012
    Ofcourse it could be done, ofcourse it will look awful.
     


  8. GBR

    GBR Senior member

    Messages:
    7,793
    Likes Received:
    551
    Joined:
    Mar 15, 2006
    Horrendous - stop contemplating such an idea.
     


  9. a tailor

    a tailor Senior member Dubiously Honored

    Messages:
    2,855
    Likes Received:
    109
    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2006
    Location:
    chicago suburbs
    on a sleeve bottom i have seen a plain finish. it had a double row of flat stitching about 4 inches from the bottom, going around the sleeve.
    i have also seen this done with raised stitching.
    another choice of finish would be cuffs.
     


  10. ter1413

    ter1413 Senior member

    Messages:
    18,315
    Likes Received:
    1,945
    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2009
    Location:
    Central Booking
    

    don't do it...
     


  11. clapeyron

    clapeyron Senior member

    Messages:
    1,695
    Likes Received:
    4,075
    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2012
    [​IMG]
     


  12. Infrasonic

    Infrasonic Senior member

    Messages:
    1,900
    Likes Received:
    216
    Joined:
    May 27, 2007
    Location:
    Manchester, UK.
    Reckon it could work on a one button vent less DJ, minimalist extreme.
     


  13. intfxdx

    intfxdx Senior member

    Messages:
    356
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Feb 16, 2010


  14. dieworkwear

    dieworkwear Senior member

    Messages:
    8,009
    Likes Received:
    12,977
    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2011
    If it's a very casual, sporting coat, you could try one. I think it looks quite elegant. Two AA illustrations, and then Solito:

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     


  15. Manofstyle85

    Manofstyle85 Senior member

    Messages:
    314
    Likes Received:
    122
    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2011
    I guess you don't wear a pocket square!
     


Share This Page

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by