If you’re going to rock a custom suit, make sure to follow the suit button rules. There is a right way and a wrong way to button a blazer or suit coat. If you don’t know when to button up or leave it open, you are advertising that you don’t know how to wear a suit.

So what is the protocol for buttoning a suit coat? Here are the key guidelines to follow.

5 Suit Button Rules

Suit Button Rules #1 Man in suit showing you Never button the bottom button

1. The bottom button: No matter how many buttons a suit coat or blazer has, the bottom one should never be buttoned. It would be too constricting, stretch the suit fabric and make sitting uncomfortable. It’s also a dead giveaway that a guy doesn’t know how to properly wear a suit.

 

2. One-Button Suits and Blazers: You’ve only one button to worry about so this one is a no-brainer. Unbutton it when you are seated and button up when you are standing.

3. Two-button Suits and Blazers: Stick to the top. Don’t button both buttons, only fasten the top.

4. Three-button Suits and Blazers: The middle button should always be buttoned up. You can fasten the top button as well, but never all three!

double breasted suit button rules

5. Double Breasted Suits: Whether standing or sitting down, double breasted jackets should be buttoned up, except for the bottom of course. That rule still stands!

If you’re interested in learning more about suit jacket rules… check out our blog on jacket vents.

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