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Double top button on suit jacket

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by farooqm, Apr 16, 2010.

  1. farooqm

    farooqm Senior member

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    Hi Everyone - I have seen suits where there is a second button added to the back of the top button on a suit jacket such that you can button the suit up so that the inside of the lapels are back to back and one does not overlap the other.

    Does anyone know what this is called or have pictures?

    Cheers.
     
  2. MalfordOfLondon

    MalfordOfLondon Senior member

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    Are you talking about a double breasted or single breasted suit?
     
  3. cptjeff

    cptjeff Senior member

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    I think he's describing a link closure.
     
  4. MalfordOfLondon

    MalfordOfLondon Senior member

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    I think he's describing a link closure.

    That's something I've never heard of. What is it?
     
  5. apropos

    apropos Senior member

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    That's something I've never heard of. What is it?
    Observe closely:

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  6. MalfordOfLondon

    MalfordOfLondon Senior member

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    Ahhh on dinner suits - now I'm with you [​IMG]
     
  7. Kentishman

    Kentishman Senior member

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    Deleted due to ignorance.
     
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    blackbowtie Senior member

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    I like it. Is it only done on dinner jackets?
     
  9. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    No, he means on the back of the right lapel so you can "pop" the collar and fasten the button with the lapel button hole to give it a sort of "nehru" suit look. I have a Hugo Boss top coat that has this. The lapels have to be made in such a way that it is designed to do this. If you just put a button on the back of your right lapel and try to do it with anything it might not line up properly and with peaked lapels it wouldn't work at all, it would look a mess.
     
  10. Kentishman

    Kentishman Senior member

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    ^ That's what I initially thought, but I'm pretty sure the other posters ahve hit the nail on the head.
     
  11. MalfordOfLondon

    MalfordOfLondon Senior member

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    No, he means on the back of the right lapel so you can "pop" the collar and fasten the button with the lapel button hole to give it a sort of "nehru" suit look. I have a Hugo Boss top coat that has this. The lapels have to be made in such a way that it is designed to do this. If you just put a button on the back of your right lapel and try to do it with anything it might not line up properly and with peaked lapels it wouldn't work at all, it would look a mess.

    Well he says "a second button added to the back of the top button" so that can't be the same thing?
     
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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Hmm, interesting. Yeah, je n'ai se pas.
     
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    No, he means on the back of the right lapel so you can "pop" the collar and fasten the button with the lapel button hole to give it a sort of "nehru" suit look. I have a Hugo Boss top coat that has this. The lapels have to be made in such a way that it is designed to do this. If you just put a button on the back of your right lapel and try to do it with anything it might not line up properly and with peaked lapels it wouldn't work at all, it would look a mess.

    This is what I thought he meant. I have jackets that have an attachment that will close the collar as well.
    A link button is only used on a one-button jacket, so "top button" wouldn't make sense in that case.
     
  14. The Louche

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    I like it. Is it only done on dinner jackets?

    I've seen it on what looked to be a military mess coat.
     
  15. Kentishman

    Kentishman Senior member

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    I'm sure someone mentioned this on another thread where that dinner jacket appears (maybe WAYWRN); the latest Etro advertising features a sports coat fastened in this way.
     
  16. Makeshift_Robot

    Makeshift_Robot Senior member

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    I've never seen something like that. I can't imagine that it would look any good from the side, or that it would allow one to move gracefully. Plus, when the closure is under stress, you are directly pulling the two buttons apart, making it more likely to lose buttons than one with a typical closure.

    It would be neat to see someone else wearing it, but I can't imagine seeking it out myself.
     
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    awxg, what the OP has described is (if my understanding is correct) behind the top button on a 2 button, single breasted jacket, there is an additional button sewn – a bit like the reinforcing button on a mac-style jacket, only this is the same style as the 'regular' one on the front. This means that the jacket can be buttoned conventionally using the top button, with the two faces of fabric overlapping, or the two faces can be rolled back-to-back and buttoned that way, almost like a French cuff (poor anaology I know...).

    I've been trying to find a pic – I know what I'm looking for – but cannot find a better illustration than the dinner jacket quoted above, which is exactly right, I believe.
     
  19. calvinloke

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    [​IMG] It's just a link button used to fasten the front whenever you want more freedom of movement. My tailor does this all the time.
     
  20. farooqm

    farooqm Senior member

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    The dinner jacket and calvinloke's picture are spot on. Didn't expect this to cause such a controversy. Thanks a lot to everyone!
     

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