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Last button undone on working buttonholes...

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

  1. 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]
     


  2. Will

    Will Distinguished Member Dubiously Honored

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


  3. horton

    horton 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.


    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.
     


  4. 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....
     


  5. 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.
     


  6. kolecho

    kolecho Distinguished Member

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    No issue with one button undone, so far, but I reserve the right to change my mind from time to time [​IMG]
     


  7. Get Smart

    Get Smart Don't Crink

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    If I'm in a casual setting and doing something with my hands, eating at a bbq/picnic and particularly out of the city.
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    If I'm at a BBQ/picnic the last thing I'm wearing is a suit jacket, much less one that has functioning button cuffs.

    I'm in the camp of do whatever you want with your buttons. Personally I leave them all buttoned, but if someone chooses to unbutton one, two, three etc it doesnt bother me
     


  8. Tuerney1

    Tuerney1 Well-Known Member

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    If I'm at a BBQ/picnic the last thing I'm wearing is a suit jacket, much less one that has functioning button cuffs.

    Well, the original post never said anything about a suit, unless I misread it, simply a jacket with buttonholes. [​IMG]

    If I can avoid it, I generally don't wear business clothes to social functions, but there are plenty of times I've been at a bbq, garden party, cocktail party that devolved/evolved to a bonfire on the beach outside, where it was cool enough to want my sportcoat (or even suit coat) on but I rolled up my sleeves a bit.

    To each his own. [​IMG]
     


  9. passingtime

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    It looks like you are wearing a jacket with a button missing.
     


  10. edmorel

    edmorel Quality Seller!! Dubiously Honored

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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.


    Right now I am at a 1 to 2 buttons undone stage and I notice that a lot of Italians (via Naples, not Brooklyn) wear one to all undone. I don't do that for more formal business occasions but I like the rakishness of the buttons undone, a puffed out pocket square and a tie knot that is slightly askew. The legends that I try to style myself after usually wore things in a manner that many today and then considered naff, i.e Gianni with his watch over his shirt cuff. Anyone can look good following "the rules", it takes a lot more work and balls to look good going against the grain.
     


  11. Dragon

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    I never knew the sleeve buttons were such a big deal.

    When I wear a suit...that means I`m usually in a more formal/business setting so I leave all my buttons up (the jacket sleeves, shirt cuffs, shirt collar, and of course pants [​IMG] ) When I`m wearing a sports jacket (which is about 90% of the time for me) I usually leave a few buttons undone.

    Leaving sleeve buttons undone (to me) is just another casual way of wearing my jackets. Sometimes I don`t button my shirt cuff buttons either. I would compare it to wearing a shirt with one or two collar buttons undone...it`s no big deal
     


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    95% Won't notice or care. 5% of people will notice and I don't care what they think.
     


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    It's an affectation, like a popped collar.
     


  14. grimslade

    grimslade Stylish Dinosaur

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    95% Won't notice or care. 5% of people will notice and I don't care what they think.

    But if that's the case, why do it?
     


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    Artisan Fan Suitsupply-sider

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    It's the secret handshake of artisan fans worldwide. [​IMG]
     


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