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Fabric-covered buttons for suits

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by alchimiste, May 9, 2005.

  1. alchimiste

    alchimiste Senior member

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    What do you think of using buttons covered with the material the suit is made of instead of horn buttons?

    Mathieu
     
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    Manton Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I wouldn't do it. It's a formal detail that strikes me as out of place on a business suit. Plus, I like the look of a nice horn button.
     
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    alchimiste Senior member

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    Would this be acceptable on something like a DJ, a stroller or a suit on the dressy side (whatever this means)?
     
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    Manton Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    A DJ, sure. I would say "required," though others disagree. A stroller, I don't think so. At least, that's not the way my old books say they were made. Suits, definitely not.
     
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    alchimiste Senior member

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    On a DJ would you use wool or satin/grosgrain to cover the buttons?
     
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    Manton Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Use the same material as the lapel facings.
     
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    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    I agree, although I suspect that this case doesn't come up often enough to merit its own rule.
     
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    Strikes me as kinda an NBA detail.
     
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    alchimiste Senior member

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    Wasn't Manton saying no enough for you, Nick M? You wanna make me cry?
     
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    Nick M Senior member

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    And, and, and... I hear you stink, too. Yeah, I went there. [​IMG] EDIT: I'm sorry, I apologize. LA Guy just moved one of my threads, I'm cranky.
     
  11. Concordia

    Concordia Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I've seen cloth-covered buttons on business suits. They do look a little odd. The sort of thing that probably has regional appeal-- maybe in Scotland or parts of Canada. I'm guessing about that, but it is definitely not part of the London-New York aesthetic that we all love to sound off on here.
     
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    John Gotti, the mafiia killer famous in NYC in the 80's &90's wore these. can you think of a better reason to avoid them ?
     
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    I dont see how it is any different from putting grosgrain facing on the lapels.
     
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    Manton Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    The difference is that grosgrain facings are only put on dinner jackets, not suit coats.
     
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    (mjs @ May 09 2005,21:32) I dont see how it is any different from putting grosgrain facing on the lapels.
    The difference is that grosgrain facings are only put on dinner jackets, not suit coats.
    Right, but i was under the impression that nowadays, only buttons on dinner jackets are covered.
     

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