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When do you keep your jacket buttoned?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by drew4392, Aug 23, 2012.

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  1. drew4392

    drew4392 Active Member

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    Thought about this earlier today... and wanted to ask the forum... When do you button your jacket? Whenever you have it on and are walking around? Only during important "walk-ins" (meeting, cocktail hour, etc)?

    I'd like to notice (and have others notice) a nicely tailored suit.... and I feel that is when it's buttoned up. However, there is a side of me that feels the buttoning of a jacket is a little over-the-top and screams 'narcissist'.

    Thoughts??
     
  2. Quadcammer

    Quadcammer Well-Known Member

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    when I feel like it?

    while seated, its unbuttoned.
    while walking around on the floor of my office, unbuttoned
    when attending an important meeting, buttoned
    when leaving the office, buttoned
     
  3. Rich0116

    Rich0116 Well-Known Member

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    Button your jacket, son.

    If you're sitting, unbutton it. Otherwise, see above.
     
  4. TheStormnMormon

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    ^ I like that.

    I do this purely out of habit (no idea why or where the habit was formed) - when ever I am standing or moving my jacket remains buttoned, when seated I unbutton. When seated, should the need to stand arise, no matter how short the amount of time or the reason (i.e.- shaking hands, woman leaves the table, etc.,) I automatically button back up.
     
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    add911_11 Well-Known Member

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    I button my jacket even when I am seating down
     
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    KObalto Well-Known Member

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    Standing buttoned, seated unbuttoned. Exception: 95 F days with humidity: unbuttoned always. No one else has a jacket on. :slayer:
     
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    ^ True professional right there!
     
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    Why are you people sitting down wearing your jackets?
     
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    The "rule" is easy-peasy -- your jacket should always be buttoned unless you're seated -- but I find enforcing it to be somewhat more difficult. Following it strictly tends to make you feel a bit awkward and self-conscious, having to fiddle with your buttons all the time. This is one of the reasons why I prefer DB jackets, which, as you probably know, should be buttoned always.
     
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    I agree that DB should always be button

    However, if a SB is tailored in the old drape style, it should be comfortable to button it up when seated.

    That is my experience.

    I only unbutton my jacket when I want to remove my jacket, rarely happened.
     
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    I don't see how the jacket having drape would do much of a difference. Maybe you're thinking of sack suits? Either way, the question isn't really about comfort, but about propriety.
     
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    More drape often means fuller chest shape, means when you sit down the coat is roomy enough to be comfortable...

    It is rather hard to explain..
     
  13. drew4392

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    Interesting perspectives. I'd like to get in the habit of always having it buttoned when walking. Feels a little awkward at times, though.

    I was always told never to sit with your jacket on. Pressed against back of seat, sitting on the tail, etc.
     
  14. Caustic Man

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    Standing, buttoned.

    Sitting, unbuttoned.

    Exceptions include when my girlfriend wants to put her arm around my waist. All styles are modified to the whim of a woman who wants to touch you.
     
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    Word.
     
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  16. ShelterIslandMike

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    Buttoned always, unless I am sitting down or performing some heavy physical activity. Hell, I wear a suit in order to look sharp. If I do not want to a look that formal, I don't wear a suit.
     
  17. Caustic Man

    Caustic Man Well-Known Member

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    What kind of heavy physical activity would you be doing in a suit?
     
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  19. Caustic Man

    Caustic Man Well-Known Member

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    Touche' sir...
     
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    I pretty much follow the always, sometimes, never mantra. I do think unbuttoned CAN look good; it depends on the occasion and fabric of the jacket. Suit or tux probably not, blazer maybe.
     

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