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When do you keep your jacket buttoned?

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

  1. Svenn

    Svenn Senior member

    Oct 15, 2008

    It depends what kind of sitting we're talking about here. If you're sitting erect with good posture and not reclining, it's comfortable and aesthetic to keep it buttoned. If however you're in a chair where there's lots of recline, what happens is the button of the single-breasted coat rides up to where the chest is, because you're folding and angling your torso. It doesn't matter how much drape you have. The lapels will bend and distort, and the body of the jacket will cinch up. THAT's when you unbutton it.

    This all assumes the jacket is well-tailored and you're moderately fit. If it's not, really a coat looks better unbuttoned, since you can't see all the fitting flaws. It's very, very difficult to get a jacket to look good when buttoned, it's taken me years of bespoke trial and error to get the proportions just right.
  2. FillW

    FillW Senior member

    Jun 25, 2012
    I've always walked around with my jackets unbuttoned but there's a guy walking around our workplace with his jacket unbuttoned and it doesn't look good/right. Maybe I should button my jackets when walking.
    Last edited: Aug 27, 2012
  3. drew4392

    drew4392 Active Member

    Nov 13, 2008
    1 1/2 years later, still uncomfortable to walk around with it buttoned. Not sure why. In my head, it feels weird so I think it looks weird.
  4. ter1413

    ter1413 Senior member

    Dec 3, 2009
    Central Booking


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