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How To Button Your Jacket

September 2016Words by Mr Dan Rookwood

You could be forgiven for wondering what the problem is here. There are jacket buttons. There are corresponding button holes. The buttons go in the holes, right? Well, it’s not quite that simple – and we’ve got King Edward VII to thank for complicating the issue. Legend has it that back in the early 1900s, his dapper highness got a bit portly for his bespoke tailoring and couldn’t do up the bottom button on his jacket. Everyone else obsequiously followed suit so as not to make him feel like a salad dodger – and thus a trend was started that holds to this day. But it also makes practical sense. Here’s the reason to avoid sartorial treason.

Do up one button