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Only the bottom button buttoned on a blazer? fluke or trend?


Aug 8, 2012
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I was watching this PBS documentary on Netflix called "The Secrets of Her Majesty's Secret Service" today and they were interviewing this former MI5 agent turned author named Matthew Dunn who looked to be in his late 40's or early 50s. In the camera shots were he was walking the streets of London, Dunn was walking around with ONLY the bottom button of his blazer buttoned. Whats the deal with this? Do some people actually walk around with only the bottom button buttoned, or is this just one of Matthew Dunn's fashion idiosyncrasies?

I've never seen anyone else do this, not even on a fashion-forward designer's runway show look.


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Dec 13, 2014
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It was fairly common (or, at least, not UNcommon) when I lived in Northern Ireland, actually.


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Mar 14, 2008
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Whats the deal with this?   Do some people actually
No matter what comes after "actually," the answer is almost certainly "yes, some people do." No matter how outlandish or ill-considered it is, ours is a diverse enough world that whatever the practice is, some people almost certain engage in it.

And this being the age of the Internet, a few of those people are likely at least grade D demi-celebrities-of-the-moment, and pictures of them doing whatever it is can be found somewhere online. :)

But the real question is, is this a thing which is typically done by men whose taste and judgement you tend to respect? Because if not, and particularly if it seems sort of weird and/or displeasing to you, then go ahead and ignore it.

It's like seeing some fellow accepting an MTV People's Gold Medal Choice Award Of Honor For Excellence, by the Academy of Foreign Blog and Indy YouTube Video Reviewers, and noticing that he's wearing torn jeans with his tuxedo. Do I care that he's doing this? Not very much. Should I emulate the practice? I don't think so.

On the other hand, if I started seeing Prince Charles dressing this way, and recalled seeing Cary Grant in a bunch of old movies wearing torn jeans with his tuxedo, and the new President of the United States showed up at his Inaugural Ball dressed like this... well then, I might have to at least consider the possibility that...

No, you know what? I'd still find it to be an unpleasant and rather ridiculous practice, and I wouldn't do it. But hey, neither could I dismiss it as a perverse idiosyncrasy of a handful of weird strangers of questionable taste. Well, at least not as just that. I mean, at least Cary Grant wasn't truly weird.

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