Rules For Buttoning Your Suit

Rules For Buttoning Your Suit

I know it seems rather naïve to be talking about rules to button your DB blazer or jacket. I mean it’s not rocket science. But getting it right has way too many advantages to be ignored.

  • It shows that you are the kind of man who takes pride in his look and likes to get even the minor details right
  • It makes the suit look more suave on your frame
  • It never lets you get in that awkward and embarrassing situation where your buttons snapped in public
  • All the designers follow this rule like the word of God and design their suits, jackets and blazers keeping it in mind.

Now for the rules. There are two major ones. One for the Single Breasted (SB) Suits and one for the Double Breasted (DB) Suits.

1. For the Single Breasted Suit

  • With one button: Always button it when standing, unbutton while taking a sit and button it back up when you stand
  • With two buttons: Always button the top button when standing, unbutton while taking a sit and button it up when you stand. Never button up the lower button
  • With three buttons: Buttoning up the top button is optional, the middle button is absolutely necessary and the lower button should never be buttoned. Unbutton when taking a seat to avoid wrinkles.



2. For the Double Breasted Suit:

DB’s are generally named using the number on number structure keeping in mind the specifications of the DB blazer or jacket. This helps simplify things. A 4 on 2 means that there are four buttons in all out of which two are functional.

  • The rule is to always button the functional buttons up when standing.

Hope this simplifies things for you about the button etiquette when it comes to buttoning a suit.

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