• I'm happy to introduce the Styleforum Happy Hour, our brand new podcast featuring lively discussion about menswear and the fashion industry. In the inaugural edition, a discussion of what's going on in retail today. Please check it out on the Journal. All episodes will be also be available soon on your favorite podcast platform.

  • Styleforum Gives - Holiday Charity Auction 8: Cuir de Russie card case from Equus Leather

    We are very proud to present this year's edition of the Styleforum Holiday Charity Auctions, this year in support of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Spokane (www.rmhcspokane.org). Each Auction lasts 24 hours. Please follow and bid on all the auctions.

    The 8th auction is for a Cuir de Russie card case from Equus Leather. Please bid often and generously here

    Fok and the Styleforum Team.

  • STYLE. COMMUNITY. GREAT CLOTHING.

    Bored of counting likes on social networks? At Styleforum, you’ll find rousing discussions that go beyond strings of emojis.

    Click Here to join Styleforum's thousands of style enthusiasts today!

Double Breasted Buttoning Point Differences

yfyf

Affiliate vendor
Affiliate Vendor
Joined
Apr 25, 2007
Messages
3,463
Reaction score
40
I've been very interested in DBs recently and it's been difficult to see examples of how changing which button you button affects the look. I'm posting my newest DB showing these differences. If anyone else has any DBs to contribute that use different buttoning configurations, please post them as well! (ahem Yachtie) I'd be particularly interested in seeing a good 4x1.
 

AndrewRogers

Distinguished Member
Joined
Mar 6, 2008
Messages
1,617
Reaction score
25
Sorry, I'm not a DB man, so I can't contribute any pictures. To get the conversation, rolling, however, I might add that the first configuration i.e. a 6x2 with both buttoned is often worn by Prince Charles and can look great, as it does here, and suffers no such problems as does a SB coat when the same is attempted. The second is pretty hip, i.e. buttoning just the bottom. But I must ask, does the coat gape a bit when you walk? Finally, the third is the ordinary way for a 6x2 and is not problematic.
PS You can't fool me, four is the same as two! Also, great choice on the buttons there.
 

Zenny

Distinguished Member
Joined
Sep 26, 2008
Messages
1,845
Reaction score
2
Personally I prefer just the top button done up, or both done up.
 

globetrotter

Stylish Dinosaur
Joined
Sep 28, 2004
Messages
20,607
Reaction score
400
for me, I button both buttons - like the picture on the left
 

TheFoo

THE FOO
Dubiously Honored
Joined
Feb 11, 2007
Messages
22,512
Reaction score
3,505
I normally prefer the top button to be fastened alone. But on you, fastening the bottom button looks the best--at least in these pictures.
 

zalb916

Distinguished Member
Joined
Dec 26, 2006
Messages
4,841
Reaction score
907
I've always thought fastening only the bottom button looked silly and overly affected. For instance, this picture of Luciano Barbera: I just don't think it looks that great. However, your second picture has changed my opinion. There's something very elegant about the way your lapel rolls.
 

GBR

Distinguished Member
Joined
Mar 15, 2006
Messages
8,547
Reaction score
717
Originally Posted by zbromer
I've always thought fastening only the bottom button looked silly and overly affected. For instance, this picture of Luciano Barbera:



I just don't think it looks that great. However, your second picture has changed my opinion. There's something very elegant about the way your lapel rolls.



Slightly dificult to tell but this looks as if it maybe a button 1.
 

TheFoo

THE FOO
Dubiously Honored
Joined
Feb 11, 2007
Messages
22,512
Reaction score
3,505
Originally Posted by zbromer
I've always thought fastening only the bottom button looked silly and overly affected. For instance, this picture of Luciano Barbera:



You think Luciano Barbera looks affected? I think he looks fantastic.
 

zalb916

Distinguished Member
Joined
Dec 26, 2006
Messages
4,841
Reaction score
907
Originally Posted by GBR
Slightly dificult to twll but this looks as if it maybe a button 1.
It's not. You can see the other buttonhole on the rolled lapel.
Originally Posted by mafoofan
You think Luciano Barbera looks affected? I think he looks fantastic.
Yes, I do. But I think a lot of sprezzatura looks affected. Maybe it's sacrilegious to accuse someone such as Mr. Barbera of affectations, but I just don't like the unnatural lines created by his buttoning. Perhaps, I believe his look falls more into the doesn't look good camp, rather than the affectation camp, but either way, I don't like the way it looks.
 

unpainted huffheinz

Distinguished Member
Joined
Jan 8, 2008
Messages
1,523
Reaction score
1
yfyf's jacket looks like it is intended to button at the upper button only as the lapel curves right above that point. Is the interior button only at the upper location?
 

sammy

Senior Member
Joined
Mar 12, 2006
Messages
468
Reaction score
29
I think Barbera's coat looks sloppy. I'm all for Sprezzatura, but that's Sprezzaterrible.
 

voxsartoria

Goon member
Joined
Jan 18, 2007
Messages
25,756
Reaction score
157
Originally Posted by mafoofan
You think Luciano Barbera looks affected? I think he looks fantastic.

I agree. It's not Flusser-sloppy, but someone comfortable in clothes that are worn in without care. What makes it is that the shirt and tie are fastidiously done.

A bit of rumpling and imperfection is manly.


- B
 

grimslade

Stylish Dinosaur
Joined
Mar 31, 2006
Messages
10,883
Reaction score
49
Originally Posted by mafoofan
I normally prefer the top button to be fastened alone. But on you, fastening the bottom button looks the best--at least in these pictures.

I thought you normal buttoned all 24 buttons.
 

TheFoo

THE FOO
Dubiously Honored
Joined
Feb 11, 2007
Messages
22,512
Reaction score
3,505
Originally Posted by zbromer
Yes, I do. But I think a lot of sprezzatura looks affected. Maybe it's sacrilegious to accuse someone such as Mr. Barbera of affectations, but I just don't like the unnatural lines created by his buttoning. Perhaps, I believe his look falls more into the doesn't look good camp, rather than the affectation camp, but either way, I don't like the way it looks.

I don't see any 'sprezzatura' in that pictire. His suit fits well; everything else seems very fastidious. He always wears brown suede shoes. Very anti-sprezzatura, if anything.

Originally Posted by grimslade
I thought you normal buttoned all 24 buttons.

Minus the two on my collar and two on my shirt.
 

Holdfast

Stylish Dinosaur
Joined
Mar 10, 2006
Messages
10,562
Reaction score
6,347
Originally Posted by yfyf
I've been very interested in DBs recently and it's been difficult to see how changing which button you button affects the look. If anyone else has any DBs to contribute that use different buttoning configurations, please post them as well! (ahem Yachtie) I'd be particularly interested in seeing a good 4x1.

Reposted my comments from the WAYW thread...

Originally Posted by Holdfast
Great suit. I like it best with both buttons done up, which I wouldn't have expected without seeing all the variants. Middle only is classic of course, but for the proportions of the suit, I think both buttoned actually works best.

To add, I have a couple of 4x2 and 6x2, but one of the 6x2 can just about be worn as a 6x1 if I want to. It's a summer suit though, so I don't have any pics handy right now.
 

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by

Featured Sponsor

How many pairs of shoes do you own?

  • 1 - 4

    Votes: 32 3.8%
  • 5 - 10

    Votes: 143 17.1%
  • 11 - 20

    Votes: 276 33.1%
  • 21 - 30

    Votes: 130 15.6%
  • 31 - 40

    Votes: 71 8.5%
  • 41 - 50

    Votes: 49 5.9%
  • 51 - 60

    Votes: 25 3.0%
  • 61 - 70

    Votes: 22 2.6%
  • 71 - 80

    Votes: 17 2.0%
  • 81 - 90

    Votes: 7 0.8%
  • 91 - 100

    Votes: 9 1.1%
  • 100+

    Votes: 53 6.4%

Related Threads

Forum statistics

Threads
429,210
Messages
9,230,387
Members
193,759
Latest member
Ronnyjonsson
Top