Why are the bottom buttons of our suit jackets and blazers never to be fastened?

A friend asked me this question the other day and I did a little research...

This fashion guideline is typically attributed to King Edward VII, the British monarch from 1901 until his death in 1910. Quite the gourmand, King Edward loved his food so much that the
royal tailors often had trouble keeping up with his ballooning figure. One
day, seeking reprieve from the confining constriction of his waistcoat, King
Edward casually unbuttoned the bottom button. At that time, the King set
the fashion trends and when members of his court saw his new look, they quickly
emulated it. The fad spread like wildfire and within weeks unbuttoned
bottom buttons were found everywhere.

We continue to honor the memory of Edward the Wide to this day. Modern suit jackets and blazers are actually designed to
cutaway at the hips with the bottom button left undone. Buttoning it
results in unsightly pulling and bunching of fabric at the waist and
disapproving looks from your fellow gentlemen.

Tags: Dress, Forgetful, Gentleman

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King Edward VII was a hungry fellow who LOVED his food. He was almost the Henry VIII of the 20th century. I don't know about blazers and coats, but certainly for waistcoats/vests, Eddy set the fashion for keeping your bottom waistcoat button undone to give your beer-gut room to grow.
It offends me when one see's a young man wearing a suit with all three buttons fastened. I've even taken to undoing the bottom button on shop mannequins. It is one of the most important aspects in the life of a 'Chap', that thine westkit is ne'er fastend to the bottom.
Yes m'laird Stephen.

I admit though that I button up all my waistcoat buttons just for the look of completeness.
Complete what though?
For the aforementioned historical reasons. Also, now jackets are rarely cut to allow it to be fastened, so the fabric will buckle and look wrong if it is done up.
It is good to know that if I have a suit custom made I will have to state I button all my buttons to the person.
All those buttons could be saved and used as actual, um, buttons.

Probably the same reason they still put buttons on the sleeves that aren't functional.

There are single button jackets that are made for precisely this reason. But you won't typically find it on off the rack jackets. I know Thick as Thieves LA offers it as an option on their made to measure custom suits.

Stupid fashion thing, really. 


If the cut allows it, I button mine all the way.  Otherwise, I deal with it...

May be a stupid fashion thing, but anyone who sees you wearing that will probably think of you an oaf.


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