Working Buttons on Suit Sleeves

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by shoes22, Aug 12, 2006.

  1. shoes22

    shoes22 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    67
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2006
    i am having a jacket altered so that the buttons work on the sleeves? Is this something I should trust my guy (reliable so far) to do? Also isn't this kind of a must do on a nice coat?
     
  2. edmorel

    edmorel Quality Seller!! Dubiously Honored

    Messages:
    25,689
    Likes Received:
    3,334
    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2006
    Location:
    NYC
    No to both if by "your guy" you mean a local dry cleaner. Working button holes are neither must haves (I do like them) nor only for expensive coats as many cheap ones now come with working button holes.
     
  3. creat3cp

    creat3cp Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    46
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    May 13, 2006
    Location:
    Singapore
    why do you need to alter when you can get a new coat with button? And what does a tailor do? ( they alter clothes and give you suggestion to alter more)

    just my personal thought, I give up on altering my coat button in the end.
     
  4. grimslade

    grimslade Senior member

    Messages:
    10,875
    Likes Received:
    36
    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2006
    Location:
    Back in Black
    Working button holes (or rather, for RTW, basted sleeves without holes) are sometimes found on high-end suits. Bespoke suits often have working button-holes. So it is perceived as a sign of quality (it's also kinda cool cuz it's different from the norm). But having working button holes added to a suit that doesn't have them won't make that suit better. Of course.

    Depending on how the suit sleeves are constructed, btw, adding buttonholes may be difficult.
     
  5. Tomasso

    Tomasso Senior member

    Messages:
    4,078
    Likes Received:
    7
    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2006
    Location:
    U.S.A.
    But having working button holes added to a suit that doesn't have them won't make that suit better.

    Exactly. They seemed to have evolved into a sartorial affectation.
     
  6. chobochobo

    chobochobo Rubber Chicken Dubiously Honored Moderator

    Messages:
    6,424
    Likes Received:
    443
    Joined:
    May 7, 2006
    Location:
    Hong Kong
    Exactly. They seemed to have evolved into a sartorial affectation.

    Yes, I have a Sulka suit which has them- the suit is nice but not my best. And then a few Fiorovantis which really aren't worth speaking about. My best jacket/suits (Oxxfords) don't have them. They really aren't 'functional' as far as I can tell, as modern suit wearing goes.
     
  7. kitonbrioni

    kitonbrioni Senior member

    Messages:
    5,496
    Likes Received:
    1
    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2004
    Working suit sleeve buttonholes always as a statement of your personal style.
     
  8. GBR

    GBR Senior member

    Messages:
    7,525
    Likes Received:
    507
    Joined:
    Mar 15, 2006
    i am having a jacket altered so that the buttons work on the sleeves? Is this something I should trust my guy (reliable so far) to do? Also isn't this kind of a must do on a nice coat?

    No to the first. Why oh why is there this fascination with converting a coat into something it is not? Leave well alone - if it is cheap or ill fitting then it will always be cheap or ill fitting and no amount of unneeded changes to the sleeve buttons will change this one jot.
     
  9. Jovan

    Jovan Banned for Good

    Messages:
    2,533
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2006
    Working suit sleeve buttonholes always as a statement of your personal style.
    Not necessarily. While the detail is nice to have, not many people will focus much on it unless you purposely leave a button or two undone on the cuffs like some do. I do like them myself however, and a couple of times when I've worn my suit out I've found them useful for washing my hands. I think the most attractive thing about it, as has probably been said here before, is a. the suit has that kind of detail put into it and b. the affection for many sartorialists about having a lot of handwork on suits. (One reason kitonbrioni previously said he likes an off the rack Brioni rather than a Savile Row bespoke item, though the amount of handwork in either compared to each other seems up to debate.*) In answer to ......2's question, I think you should only trust someone you've known to do this well on others' jackets before. The main thing to ask yourself is: With how much (or little) I paid for this, is it a good idea to trust him? If it's an inexpensive suit, I would leave it alone personally. *If this isn't you, I apologize, I'm just going by memory.
     

Share This Page

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by