Despite the actions of your favorite ESPN anchor or Alec Baldwin, no more than one button should ever (ever) be buttoned on a single breasted suit. There, we said it… because it’s unequivocally true. This might seem overtly obvious to some, and utterly draconian to others. Exactly the reason for our stand here; it is never okay. Yes, Raf Simons has (several times) sent models down the runway sporting fully fastened three-button sports coats. But let’s view the runway through the lens of the theatrical and assume Mr. Simons simply wanted to show off his fancy buttons and their ease of functionality. The bottom button of either a two or three-button suit remains undone to maintain the silhouette of the cut of the sports coat or suit jacket. Otherwise you’re venturing into a cylindrical profile territory best avoided by everyone, including NBA draft picks and the overlooked Beatle. The top button on the three-button version remains undone to accentuate the roll of the lapel and preserve a bit of symmetry in the garment. Plus, nothing’s better than subtly undoing one button, with one hand, as you take your seat for dinner.
Photos by Rose Callahan