If a suit jacket has three buttons, which one do you fasten?
none. some people suit it closed, but i cant pull it off - always leave it open
Depends on how fat you are.
centre and bottom, until the pressure forces open
This is how it goes for men, generally. You always leave the bottom button open. So, if it's a 2 button, just the top, and if it's 3 leave the bottom open. When you're sitting, unbutton the whole thing. If you don't, it will make the suit jacket look crumpled.
the middle and bottom ones. Definitely
Depends - if it's a funeral - all three done up. If it's a wedding and you've pulled a bridesmaid - all three undone including your flies....
It says here: Link: Rules of style - AskMen.com
No my opinion. Seldom you catch me in any kind of formal attire.3- Leave your bottom button undone
Ever wonder which buttons on your three-button suit should be fastened and which ones shouldn't? If so, you're not alone -- I get that question all the time. When wearing a three-button suit, never fasten your bottom button, no matter what type of suit it is. As a general rule, you should always fasten your top button, except if your suit features soft, rollover lapels. In that case, it's okay to keep the top and bottom button unfastened for a more relaxed look.
Who cares? As long as you look smart!
Gatt (17th June 2010)
Buttoning the suit jacket (wikipedia)
The buttoning of the jacket is primarily determined by the button stance, a measure of how high the buttons are in relation to the natural waist. In some (now unusual) styles where the buttons are placed high, the tailor would have intended the suit to be buttoned differently from the more common lower stance. Nevertheless, some general guidelines are given here.
Double-breasted suit coats are almost always kept buttoned. When there is more than one to fasten (as in a traditional six-on-two arrangement), only the top one need be fastened; in some configurations, the wearer may elect to fasten only the bottom button, in order to present a longer line (a style popularised by the Prince George, Duke of Kent).
Single-breasted suit coats may be either fastened or unfastened. In two-button suits the bottom button is traditionally left unfastened except with certain unusual cuts of jacket. Legend has it that in 20th Century, King Edward VII started the trend of leaving the bottom button of a suit undone.
When fastening a three-button suit, the middle button is fastened, and the top one sometimes, but the bottom is traditionally not designed to be (although in the past some jackets were cut so that it could be fastened without distorting the drape, this is not the case with current clothing). A four-button suit is untraditional and so has no traditional guidelines on buttoning, but the middle ones at least should be fastened. Additionally, the one button suit has regained some popularity (it is also a classic style for some Savile Row tailors). The button should always be fastened while standing.
With a single-breasted suit, it is proper to have the buttons unfastened while sitting down to avoid an ugly drape. A good double-breasted suit is usually able to be left buttoned, to avoid the difficulty of constantly redoing inner buttons when standing up.
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