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The Case for & against Three-Button Coats

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by J. Cogburn, Jun 14, 2012.

  1. emc894

    emc894 Senior member

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    I find the two button the most flattering on the average build. One is a bit too aggressive, three looks dowdy.


    The below cut looks best going out at night but isn't a great choice for business wear.

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  2. Archivist

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    Is the line of the lapel the whole though? It's part of the overall jacket. There is something about the button and hole, even if you don't quite see them. There is an elegance there, that I just can't see in a two button. One button, sure. That has a boldness that is it's own justification.
    I've got a number of two button jackets in my closet, but I can't see ever buying another, as much as I hate to say never.
     
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    There is contemporary research that points to the vermiform appendix as a repository for intestinal flora, so that it may be repopulated after some debilitating illness. As gut bacteria is essential to the overall health of the individual, I wouldn't count the disparaged appendix out quite so quickly, nor the top button.
     
  4. Despos

    Despos Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    It's like you read my mind man, spooky!
     
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  5. Tropicalist

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    There is absolutely nothing wrong with this cut for business wear. It looks most flattering on most people especially if bespoke. Would probably use a different fabric from the one in the photo though :)
     
  6. EFBenson

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    you do sometimes see shorter men wearing flattering three button jackets

    IMHO it is partly because it is unexpected that it is more impressive than a two button jacket would on the same person
     
  7. SMatthews

    SMatthews Well-Known Member

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    I'm a proud 2-button guy.
     
  8. F. Corbera

    F. Corbera Senior member

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    I might pop a cork.

    Let's hope it is the right one.
     
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  10. DJosef

    DJosef Senior member

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    Was there anyone of iconic status in the world of style - actor, president, nobleman, etc. - who regularly wore the kind of three-button that Amies was talking about (the "2 and a half", where the top button could be buttoned, but it's not supposed to be)? I'd love to see how it "really should" fit. :)
     
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  11. Ianiceman

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    I bet you'd find loads from the golden age of the three button - about 1960-1965. Terence Stamp? Michael Caine? (he has a nice suit on when he gets out of prison n 'The Italian Job' which was 1969), Belmondo, Delon, Steve Marriott? Bowie? Jagger? Watts?
     
  12. YRR92

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    I was just watching The Italian Job today. The suit he walks out of prison in is very early '60s, and a two-button, but almost immediately afterwards there's a great scene of him buying a new suit from Douglas Hayward (who made the suits). That one (which has the button stance in question) shows up another scene or two later. Much later, immediately before the chase scene at the end, he's in a cream wool suit with the same button stance.
     

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