When to Button and Which to Button? Jackets are buttoned as a sign of (self) respect when standing and in particular when presenting. They are always unbuttoned (fully) when sitting. In the 80’s when three button jackets were popular, a rule of thumb was coined “sometimes, always, never”. This referred to the three closure buttons on the jacket, and the advice to button the top one, possibly the middle and never the bottom. Today two button jackets are far more popular, and the style rule is more simple – top button only when standing. All other times open. As you can see in the image above and to the left, the line of the suit is diminished, and even a well fitted suit pulls. A little royal history on button closure courtesy of The Insider if you would like to read more.
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