Button Tales

Posted April 03 2014

                                                                Traditional men’s clothing – or dress clothing – is full of arcane rules and customs that are often inexplicable, yet are very important in demonstrating to the world that you know how to dress yourself. One of the most common mistakes men make when wearing suit jackets and sport coats is buttoning the bottom button (confession time: we’re guilty of this ourselves sometimes). Unless you’re wearing a one-button jacket, leave that bottom button undone.   But where did this rule come from? And what does it mean?   Fortunately, unlike many fashion traditions, we’re able to definitely trace the...