Vest and Suit Button Rules- The “Must Follows”
Learn which vest and suit button rules apply and never wonder “am I wearing this correctly?” again.
Our Take On Vest and Suit Button Rules
In your post, Suiting 101: Two Button or Three Button Suit, you discuss the do’s and do-not’s of buttoning up. I wonder, do the buttoning rules apply just the same if there is a vest under the jacket?”-Kadhim
Buttoning Your Vest
We’re not big on rules, but we stand by the “never button the last button” rule. Vest or no vest, buttoning the bottom button will make you look like a rube, plain and simple. If you do have a vest on, the bottom button on the vest ought to remain unbuttoned as well. To learn how to wear a vest casually solo, read here.
Suit Buttoning Rules With a Vest
When it comes to the rule of buttoning your suit when you’re standing and unbuttoning when you’re seated, you have a bit more leeway.
When you’re seated, definitely unbutton. Sitting with your jacket buttoned puts unnecessary stress on the button closure which in turn can lead to potential garment disasters. Adding a vest to the mix will only put more strain the button, causing an odd pulling in the chest and through the back.
When you stand, if we’re speaking true formality, button up. On the other hand, a three-piece suit with the vest buttoned and the jacket open can exude a nonchalance that looks pretty boss (see the above photo).
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