Here’s something we haven’t talked about in ages: should women unbutton their suit when they sit (and then button it again when they stand)? Years ago, when I did Mock Trial, that’s what I was taught by my (male) advisors because that’s what men are supposed to do. (There are a lot of suit button rules for men, actually!) But when we last took a poll on it, readers said they either hadn’t heard of the sit/stand rule (33%), or said it depends on the suit (44%) because some are meant to always be buttoned. (We had linked to this suit (maybe our first ever Suit of the Week?!) as an example of the kind of suit that stays buttoned… interestingly, I haven’t seen a suit like that in what feels like forever, so it will undoubtedly be back in style in the next 3 years.)
Now that double-breasted blazers are having a moment, though, let’s discuss. Personally I’ve always found the double-breasted blazer tricky because I think it often looks vastly better while buttoned — it somehow seems as if there’s too much fabric, awkwardly hanging because of the weight of the buttons — but maybe that’s me. (Although: Angie at YouLookFab agreed with me!) However: on me, I think a double-breasted blazer looks entirely stupid if I sit down with it unbuttoned — it tends to gape at the buttons and lapels, if it’s even comfortable to sit in while buttoned at all.
(The plaid blazer above is a great example, because they’ve pictured it both open and closed – I feel like most of the styling for unbuttoned double-breasted blazer has the model putting a hand in her pocket or otherwise ruining the line of the blazer. Thoughts?)
So readers, do tell: in general, do you feel like there are rules around when double-breasted blazers should be buttoned (e.g., standing), vs. unbuttoned (e.g., sitting)? In a broader sense, do you recognize any rules around when to button or unbutton your blazer?
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