Jackets: Button rule questioned.

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  1. Juan

    Juan Well-Known Member

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    The rule says that on a two button jacket the lower button remains unbuttoned.

    BUT I have several slim-fit jackets that look better on me when I unbutton the upper button and button the lower one (the bottom button unbuttoned leaving a bell-ish look for the lower part of the jacket)


    I was reading yesterday in an old thread that someone saw not a few people in Britain wearing the jacket this fashion ┬┐any comments/experiences/advice?
     
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    E TF Senior member

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    It is possible that your jackets don't fit you properly. Please post pics.
    I have not seen anyone in Britain doing this deliberately, or not the sort of person one would want to imitate in dress.
     
  3. Juan

    Juan Well-Known Member

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    Here's the quote:

     
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    HughJ Senior member

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    I would imagine this would get some odd looks LOL. Sounds like the jacket is either too short or has too much waist suppression. Possibly both.
     
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    Loathing Senior member

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    Trolling, surely?

    People in "Britain"? Which of the four British countries did you have in mind? I've hardly ever seen this in London and only on dunces.
     
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  7. Juan

    Juan Well-Known Member

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    It's not too short but yes, quite slim
     
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    Juan Well-Known Member

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    Quote:"Maybe one of the British members can answer this: Why do many, and I mean many, Brits button the bottom suit jacket? Note that this isn't the typically American mistake of buttoning all the jacket buttons; they'll button only the bottom of a 2-button jacket, or the bottom two of a 3-button. It doesn't matter if the jacket's from a suit or a sport coat, or if it's unvented/single-/side-vented. This was really perplexing when I was over there." thread "Jacket buttons" 2004
     
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    quote (2004 thread "jacket buttons"): "Maybe one of the British members can answer this: Why do many, and I mean many, Brits button the bottom suit jacket? Note that this isn't the typically American mistake of buttoning all the jacket buttons; they'll button only the bottom of a 2-button jacket, or the bottom two of a 3-button. It doesn't matter if the jacket's from a suit or a sport coat, or if it's unvented/single-/side-vented. This was really perplexing when I was over there."
     
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    If it is a single breasted jacket, only button the top one. IMO it is only acceptable to button the lowest one when you are wearing a double breasted 6x2. But that takes a lot of sprezz. So stick with the top one.
     
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    Juan Well-Known Member

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    I've found even an article about this: permanentstyle.co.uk/2008/03/great-bottom-button-mystery.html
     
  12. Juan

    Juan Well-Known Member

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    ok, I should have warned that this is sort of informal clothing. It's a cord blazier, I turn up the lapels and wear the shirt untucked. And probably the jacket fits better this way because:

    1- because the upper button is placed too high
    2- because it's so slim-fit
    3- because I wear my shirt untucked
    4- just a matter of personal taste

    thank you for your opinions anyway
     
  13. Loathing

    Loathing Senior member

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    Go to the Streewear & Denim forum, if you want further discussion on the topic. The buttoning of (and actually everything else about) the jacket you've described does not fit the rules of Classic Menswear. Well-dressed Londoners do not do this: it is in no way an acceptable "British" idiosyncrasy.
     
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  14. Juan

    Juan Well-Known Member

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    yeah, right, I should have posted it in Streetwear. Thanks anyway
     
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    Note Simon Crompton's article says it looks ridiculous.

    Item 1 and 2 of your list indicate that your jacket doesn't fit you.
     

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