Why Men Never Use The Second Button On Suits

It’s a well-documented style rule that men should never button the second button of a two-button suit jacket. It’s considered appropriate to button the top one when standing, sure, but never the second. So if no one’s supposed to use the bottom button, why does it exist? As with many fashion curiosities, history reportedly factors in. Legend goes that Britain’s Edward VII ― a king with a famous appetites grew too large for his suit and had to stop using the second button as a result. Not wanting to embarrass him, others followed. The tradition stuck. The comfort of horse-riding in a suit was also the favored style of the exclusive club at Eton. Whether Edward VII was the true inspiration, modern suits are now tailored to fit with the last button unbuttoned ― using it makes it feel too tight. Many men just choose to leave their buttons undone altogether…….Ed

Source: Suzy Strutner /Photo: Blacklapel

Posted in All Stories, Ed McMahon

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