Jacket buttons & jacket etiquette: the secret code.

“Should I button the top? The bottom? What about both? Hell, when am I even supposed to button a suit jacket?” If you’re not sure on jacket-button etiquette, don’t worry—we got you.

First rule: Button when your standing. Unbutton when your sitting.

Second rule: Seat backs are no place for a jacket, especially a suit jacket. Either check it, hang it up, or tough it out. If you must, sling it over your shoulder, but if you’re going to take any long excursions, put it back on.

Now that we got the simple stuff out of the way, let’s move on to something a little more complex. But don’t worry, we’ll take it easy at first.

  • One-button (See. I told you we’d ease into it.): Button this one.
  • Two-buttons: only button the top one.
  • Three-buttons: only the middle one.
  • Four-buttons: …don’t buy a four button suit jacket.
  • Double-breastead: this one is tricky, but I have faith in you. Only button the middle button connecting to your left or right side.
  • If you’re rockin’ a vest, button all but the last one.

There you go! That’s it! Now throw on your suit jacket, blazer, or sport coat and take over the world darn-it!

-Rochester Sartorial


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