Ask the Tailor: How Many Buttons Should I Choose?

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Each month we ask our expert tailors to address one of your most frequent questions. This month we’re talking buttons: how many should you choose?

The question of how many buttons you should have on your suit jacket may be more complicated than it first appears. Some jackets have one button, some have two and some have three. Which option you choose will affect the way your jacket looks, fits and hangs. 

The case for one button

One button jackets used to be seen as a more casual option. This is changing, and one button is now a very real option for all kinds of suit jackets, including dinner jackets. 

A single button can be a great choice both in terms of style and comfort. Less buttons mean a more flexible fit around the middle, which many gentlemen find more comfortable. In terms of style, one button allows for a deeper V shape when the jacket is fastened. This can be great for showing off your shirt and tie combo. 

The case for two buttons

The two button jacket is the most traditional option. It’s quintessentially classic, and is suitable for any jacket type and any occasion. The two button cinch gives a slimmer silhouette, while still leaving a low enough V shape for your shirt and tie to make a stylish impact. 

The case for three buttons

Three buttoned jackets are derived from traditional military jackets. They present a very neat look, but can be less comfortable for those carrying a little extra weight around the midsection. They look particularly good on taller gentlemen.

So which one is right for you?

The bottom line on this one is that it is totally a matter of personal preference. The most classic option may be the two button jacket, but there’s no reason to feel constrained by this if you prefer the look and feel of one or three buttons. 

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