As a former suit seller who has sold a hell alot of suits from all the biggest brands I can tell you that you are wrong — three button suits were never ment to be. If anything, the people who make clothes should be conspiring to get rid of decorative elements on clothing since it means spending more on materials.
Are three button sport-coats so out of fashion that I should not wear mine? Years ago, I bought a raw silk spots coat while on vacation in Viet Nam. It is really quite nice, but for some reason, I opted for a three-button. Now that the weather is warmer here in NYC, I broke it out and am wearing it today. Is this a mistake? Should I put it away until three button is popular again?
Depends on the cut. Some three buttons can look really good, but, in general, high-cut three button jackets have fallen out of favor and can look dated. Although, if you don't button the top button, it doesn't really matter as long as the jacket fits you well.
This is great advice. To me, the most important part is fit. If it doesn't fit properly, it will look bad no matter what. Well, I think the "sometimes" comes from 3-roll-2, I've read the post about the jackets, too. And I think he forgot to tell the difference between 3-roll-3 and 3-roll Well one of us is "right" but I'm not sure.
You're definitely right for the 3-roll-2 but I think you might be wrong for the 3-roll-3 if I go by this image. That's quite confusing picture, in the first pic it's a normal three button jacket, but on the second one we have a 3-roll-2 and the last one is again 3-roll If you have a 3-roll-3 jacket you can't make it a 3-roll-2 just by unbuttoning the top button. But I'd never button the top button because it'll just look weird and stops the flow which the lapels create.
Sorry, dude, but this is wrong. The sometimes is for regular three-button suits. There are no concrete rules for this button. With a normal three button suit not a three-roll-two , the wearer has a choice to button the top button or not, and a well fitting normal three-button suit will have a bit of lapel roll when only the middle button is buttoned.
Well, in my own opinion I'd always button the top button. But then again I'd be amazed if I own a 3-button jacket, since 2-button jackets are always in style. You gotta post a picture. I have a three button madras sportcoat from Brooks brothers that I love to wear.
The fatal flaw for many men when wearing a three button suit or sportcoat is that they think they need to button the top button. Fuck waiting for it to be popular.
You know how shit gets popular? Someone wears something and everyone realizes that they have been sleeping on it. Wear it now and you will be on the avant guard. There was an unfortunate period about, what, 10 years ago where 3-button jackets were made with a very high button stance think top button about on the same line as your nipples. The classic 3-button has the top button about 1.
One of the things that you can do is to have it pressed as a roll. Next time you take it into the cleaners, have them press it so that the lapels roll down to the middle of the top 2 buttons.
Unfortunately, to the general public, any jacket with lapels is a "blazer", so they mixed the two up. It's basically used nowadays as a casual jacket with lapels.
What this does is this style works best on a man who is lean, a man who has an athletic build, a man who is younger, and it gives a more buttoned up looked especially with a three-button, you button the top two. Occasionally, you could unbutton that top one, but you always button the center, never the bottom. With the three, you could have a more buttoned up look, which is inherently more formal. It gives a little bit of this deeper V right here.
It accentuates most body types. For sports jackets , I also like the two-button because the two-button can also be made roomier. I like, just tradition-wise, for a sports jacket to have more room to open up. Peak lapels look great. It is a classic look. The two-and-a-half button is where I make a jacket that has three buttons, but it is meant to be buttoned only at the center button, so the lapel roll goes down lower.
I like this look. It has to be made right because the button itself can interfere with the roll of the lapel. I really like the look.
Should a man choose a three-button or a two-button jacket? Antonio, are three-button suits still in style? It’s really hard to find a three-button suit out there in the store. I like the three-button suit better than the two-button. I don’t even own a two-button. The Three-Button Suit. Best for: The three-button suit is an excellent option for men taller than six feet because the buttons on the jacket reach higher up on the chest, making it more comfortable and visually appealing on taller men. The three-button suit jacket is also an option for waistcoat enthusiasts. Whereas the 1-button is the cool, in-the-scene younger brother of the 2-button, the 3-button is the stiff, eccentric uncle from overseas. A 3-button suit has a high button stance, creating a shallow “V” and consequently, looks the most “buttoned-up”.