Wearing a 3 button jacket or suit like a 2 button

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by lpalma121, Mar 7, 2013.

  1. lpalma121

    lpalma121 Senior member

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    If my boy Frank can do it why not... what are your thoughts? [​IMG]
     


  2. taint it sweet

    taint it sweet Senior member

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    Frank could probably do whatever he wanted... I haven't tried this before.
     


  3. atia2

    atia2 Senior member

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    If you mean with just the penultimate button fastened, then I have always understood (and my Savile Row tailor agrees) that this is de rigeur.
     


  4. Claghorn

    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    You've been around since 2009 and you're asking this?

    Yes. You can leave it unbuttoned, have it pressed into a semi 3-roll-2, or have it pressed into a full 3-roll-2. Most around here will opine that all three are superior to buttoning the top button. I'll occasionally button the top button depending on the jacket.
     


  5. Matt S

    Matt S Senior member

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    You can press the jacket so the lapel doesn't fold flat. But you can't change where the lapel rolls just by pressing. The collar needs to be altered for that.
     


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    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    From what I understand, that's why it's called a 3-roll-2...it isn't going to look like a 2 button but will have a distinctive roll starting from at or near the middle button and rolling over the third, covering it completely. But as it's not a practice I engage in (if I wanted a two button, I would've purchased a two button), so I could very well be wrong in this.
     


  7. lpalma121

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    You can't make a jacket into a 3-roll-2 by just pressing. It's cut differently to get the lapel to roll over.
     


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    if it's a true 3B, ie the lapel falls to the top button, then I think it should be acceptable to close the top two. If you want to just do the middle, it can be worn that way but I think it fits a bit strangely. Matt S is technically correct from what I know, a true 3B is actually cut differently than a 2B so it'll never quite fit right but yes, you could attempt to press the collar so it'll softly roll closer to the 2nd button and wear it like that.
     


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