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Last button undone on working buttonholes...

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Maximus Mark, Aug 25, 2006.

  1. Maximus Mark

    Maximus Mark Senior member

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    Is it acceptable? I think GQ were the ones pushing it, and I see it quite often in ads and in the malls.
    What is the concensus on leaving the buttonhole undone? Is it just to proclaim to the world "Look at me and my working buttonholes!"?
     
  2. grimslade

    grimslade Senior member

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    Is it acceptable? I think GQ were the ones pushing it, and I see it quite often in ads and in the malls.
    What is the concensus on leaving the buttonhole undone? Is it just to proclaim to the world "Look at me and my working buttonholes!"?


    The latter. IMHO.
     
  3. kronik

    kronik Senior member

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    Tacky.

    No.

    95% of people won't care, and the ones that do will think it looks retarded.

    Personal opinion.
     
  4. Jovan

    Jovan Senior member

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    Leaving one is okay. Leaving two to all of them is stupid.
     
  5. EL72

    EL72 Senior member

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    Is it just to proclaim to the world "Look at me and my working buttonholes!"?

    [​IMG]
     
  6. RJman

    RJman Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I think one can go through a phase of it for the novelty of having them. But having an undone buttonhole is naff.
     
  7. dusty

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    It's fine imo.
     
  8. Artisan Fan

    Artisan Fan Senior member

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    I think leaving one is fine. It may be more of a way to celebrate artisanship than showing off in my opinion.
     
  9. j

    j Senior member Admin

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    I like to leave one of my jeans' working fly buttonholes undone. I don't know why people would want to draw attention to their wrists... [​IMG]
     
  10. JLibourel

    JLibourel Senior member

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    Tacky.

    No.

    95% of people won't care, and the ones that do will think it looks retarded.

    Personal opinion.


    Agree 100%!
     
  11. stach

    stach Senior member

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    Open is affected.
     
  12. Walter

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    FWIW, all Italian males wear them undone.
    I guess it depends if you can pull it off.
     
  13. gorgekko

    gorgekko Senior member

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    Is it acceptable? I think GQ were the ones pushing it, and I see it quite often in ads and in the malls.
    What is the concensus on leaving the buttonhole undone? Is it just to proclaim to the world "Look at me and my working buttonholes!"?


    If GQ was pushing it, shouldn't that tell you about what you should do?

    At any rate, I think it's tacky...if done on purpose.
     
  14. Artisan Fan

    Artisan Fan Senior member

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    Maybe they got something right...for the first time ever. [​IMG] Massimo does it and he is one of my style icons.
     
  15. kitonbrioni

    kitonbrioni Senior member

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    I've seen Massimo wear his buttons undone and not just the bottom ones. Maybe he's going for a certain Milano nonchalant look.
    This tread is good for a troll.
     
  16. AlexP415

    AlexP415 Well-Known Member

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    I wear one button undone most of the time when I wear my one higher end suit (thanks, Lance!), and I don't find it tacky. Some would probably consider it affected simply to outdress 99% of the population (which most of this forum likely does on a daily basis), not to mention to dress in expensive bespoke suits, shirts, and $1000 shoes (which I don't, by the way, but many surely do) regardless of whether one has one sleeve button undone. The issue of open sleeve buttons to me seems a very minor detail, and I just frankly don't care if anyone has a problem with it. [​IMG]
     
  17. Will

    Will Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Each undone sleeve buttonhole signals the number of fly buttons you've left undone. [​IMG]
     
  18. horton

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    I think leaving one is fine. It may be more of a way to celebrate artisanship than showing off in my opinion.


    what he said. Also I think it depends on context. In a business context they must be buttoned IMO. In social context, one can be undone depending on rest of outfit.
     
  19. Tuerney1

    Tuerney1 Well-Known Member

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    I don't leave one button undone but sometimes undo them all and push/roll both my shirtcuffs and sleeve ends back if I'm in a casual setting and doing something with my hands, eating at a bbq/picnic and particularly out of the city.

    Now back to our regularly scheduled flaming....
     
  20. AlexP415

    AlexP415 Well-Known Member

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    what he said. Also I think it depends on context. In a business context they must be buttoned IMO. In social context, one can be undone depending on rest of outfit.

    I was wondering about that. If I'm meeting with (usually) much older executives, for example, I probably would button up, for the same reason that I'd typically lose the pocket square - so as not to give them any reason to think I am pretentious, affected, etc.
     

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