Should I wear a two or three button suit?

One of the most important factors involved in choosing a suit to buy is the number of buttons that your jacket will have. There are quite a few types of jackets with different numbers of buttons:

Three Button Jacket: The three button jacket started to become popular in the 1990’s. Most people who you talk to will tell you that the three button jacket is a “young man’s” style for those in their 20’s and early 30’s. However, that does not mean that it only looks good on young men. If you chose a three button suit, a more preferable style is one where you can close the middle button and have your jacket lapel softly roll over the top button. Three button jackets usually look better on men who are slimmer and taller.

Two Button Jacket: This jacket is famously known to be worn by diplomats and government officials. In the past it was known as a more conservative suit type. Most designer labels now make their two button jackets quite fashionable and modern. As of late, two button is very popular and a trend setter. Two button jackets usually also work better for shorter men as it does make there upper body look longer.

One Button Jacket: There is even such a thing as a one button jacket. It is a very fashionable jacket type if you can pull it off.

Nehru Jacket: The nehru jacket is one that was worn by Jawaharlal Nehru (the prime minister of India from 1947 to 1964). It is a hip-length coat that has a special “stand up” collar. This collar type is also known as a “Mandarin” collar. This type of jacket really hit the mainstream after the Monkees and even the Beatles started advocating it.

Other Jackets: With the one button jacket at one end and the Nehru Jacket at the other end, there are still other jackets that have more than 3 buttons and where the cut/break is higher.

At the end of the day, fashion is about expressing yourself. Try on different suit types and see what works best for your figure and see what makes you feel the most confident 🙂 Finally, no matter what type of jacket type you choose, don’t forget to leave the bottom button undone.


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