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Need a little help with choosing replacement buttons for a blazer.

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by The Silverfox, Feb 18, 2013.

  1. The Silverfox

    The Silverfox Senior member

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    Just got myself a navy blazer, jacket is awesome, buttons really aren't. Obviously they made it assuming people who put on their own buttons, so obviously that's what I should do.

    Question is, where is the best place to get them, and how do people feel about silver as opposed to gold?

    Gold is more traditional, but I feel silver looks a little "younger" and at any rate my watch and pretty much all of my cufflinks are silver, so I think it'll suit me better with silver.

    I've been looking at these
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    What do you guys think about those? I have no experience with blazer buttons, so any input is appreciated

    They seem fairly priced at $35, but if anyone knows a better place I'm all ears. Naturally I want them looking good and will pay what I need to for that to happen, but I have little interest in shelling out a large sum for real gold/silver buttons if you can't tell the difference.

    Thanks.
     


  2. Makoto Chan

    Makoto Chan Senior member

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    Silverfox, if your gut impulse is to get silver buttons, then do it. I think our suspicions about the general perceptions of blazer button metal colors is a very small matter compared to how well the jacket fits and how comfortably its worn.

    I hate thinking about "what design on my blazer buttons is best," so I chose plain flat matte buttons in bronze.
     
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  3. RosarioBentons

    RosarioBentons New Member

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    If your planning on wearing your blazer casually (chinos, jeans, opened collared shirts) I may consider a shell button. If your a shirt and tie guy, I think brushed silver is the appropriate choice and $35 seems reasonable. I was in New York recently and saw some nice choices at J Press, very preppy. Blazer buttons are change rather easily, maybe a cream or light brown for the summer and switch to silver for fall/winter.
     


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    biged781 Senior member

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    Have you considered something in horn? I was going to go for brushed/aged bronze on one of my navy blazers, but I went for medium gray horn buttons instead. I was pleased with the result. Anyway, for what it's worth, I do like silver better than gold, and if you do to, go with it.
     


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    I'm a big fan of grey mother of pearl.
     


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    +1. I get smoked MOP buttons on my blazers.
     


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    I prefer pewter over gold for blazer buttons, and sewn through rather than shanked.
     


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    GBR Senior member

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    Not a lot they are pretty ugly things and have a faux coat of arms which has no connection with you. Stick with a horn button, possibly in grey or else a blue/white one.
     
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  9. The Silverfox

    The Silverfox Senior member

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    lol really? I thought they were kinda nice. Yeah the lion and the unicorn is sort of random, but I feel they have to have something on them.

    The thing is though, that while I love MOP in general, this is my first "proper" blazer so I sort of want to go the whole way with the traditional approach, so I guess I feel that metal buttons just somehow belong.

    Is it generally considered a big deal whether or not the motif on the buttons has any relation though? Do people actually look at the motif? I just picked this one because they have a good shine without being overly bright, and the coat of arms gives the whole thing a more muted effect than if they'd been plain, sort of like brushing without actual brushing. That was my thinking anyway.
     


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    E TF Senior member

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    Looks like the royal coat of arms to me, though they seem to have put an extra little lion on the top.

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  11. The Silverfox

    The Silverfox Senior member

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    lol, damn. Now I'm not feeling as enthusiastic about those buttons.

    I've found the site of benson & clegg who seem to have a few good ones though.

    What do you guys think of these?

    The first is the Coat of Arms of the East India Company and the second is that of the City of London
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    The first is Checkerboard and the second is the Britannia Silver Button
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    As for having a connection to me, I'll readily admit I never had much to do with the East India Company, I wasn't really making much mark on the world in 1858.
    While I no longer do, I used to live in the City of London, so this one sort of has a connection.
    I'm not a British subject, so is it weird for me to wear the Britannia? On the one hand it's not an official coat of arms, and a crown and anchor is pretty general. On the other hand the crown is meant to be the british one, and I neither sail nor own a yacht.

    They also have one with a hunter, which would suit me as I hunt, but that one's only in gilt, so I don't know...

    What do you guys think, both in terms of aesthetics and appropriateness?

    By the way these are all about £50 for 2 big and 8 small, so a bit more expensive than the first set, but still relatively reasonable I think.
     
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    E TF Senior member

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    Well only the monarch is allowed to use that coat of arms, so if you ever wore those buttons in the UK or a commonwealth country you could be arrested for impersonating the Queen.

    Personally I like the look of the East India company ones, a nice colour. The EIC probably went out of business long enough ago for you to avoid any legal ramifications.
     


  13. The Silverfox

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    Yes, I've often been accused of attempting to impersonate the Queens of various countries. I take it you're speaking of the first one though, the one with the lion and stallion etc. Or do you mean the Britannia one with the crown and anchor?

    Yes the East India Company was ended in 1858, which I take it is the reason for the "1858" being on the button right below the symbol. And I agree on the color, shiny enough to be visibly metal, without being particularly ostentatious.
     
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  14. Caustic Man

    Caustic Man Senior member

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    Personally, I would not feel comfortable wearing a coat of arms or insignia representing something of which I was never a part.

    One also risks getting a beating from a bunch of London City clerks walking in to the wrong pub wearing a jacket with the top right buttons in your latest suggestion.
     
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