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Strange Tuxedo Button

VKK3450

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I saw a tux jacket with what appears to be an extra button with an extra extra long shank on the back of the normal single chest button. The only thing that I could come up with is that it would give you an extra inch or so and is there to allow you to button it more easily when sitting?

Any insights?

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A little room for expansion after a good dinner actually.
 

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Is it really? I am ok with the concept, but it looks kinda finny when you are standing and dont have the jacket buttoned. Just a dangling button.

Or is it that I one should not be standing around with their jacket unbottoned to begin with?

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The link front is not uncommon on dinner jackets.
 

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Originally Posted by whoopee
The link front is not uncommon on dinner jackets.
It's rare for DJ's, as well.
 

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Ok, so consensus?

It's to give extra space for after a large meal??

It's not common, but not an anomoly??

And what should does when do with it when the jacket is unbuttoned and it is flopping around like a........????

Help me out folks.

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Don't open the jacket. Use it as a link front if you want. Probably no harm in simply removing it if you have no intention of using it as a link-front.
 

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A link front used to be the traditional closure on formal clothes. It is still done for Savile Row morning coats, and smoking jackets with very thick lapels that don't overlap neatly. Some tailors say that SB shawl should always have a link front.

If it is a true link front, there should be a buttonhole on either side of the coat. The fastening apparatus should be two buttons, joined by a long shank. When the coat is closed, the lapels don't so much overlap as press together, sort of the like the open edges of a fastened french cuff.
 

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Thanks all!!

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