If Giovanni Agnelli could leave his buttondown collars unbuttoned and be considered stylish, why can’t this guy button all three buttons and be considered the same? It’s not the number of buttons, it’s how you pull it off. And, he’s pulling just fine….
This may be the nerdiest I can get about clothes but, the idea that you never button the bottom button is almost always true with 99% of the jackets you will see today. However, certain English houses will cut a jacket that is meant to be buttoned all the way. The Duke himself had a few and there are a number of famous photos of him with a fully closed jacket.
What gives this man’s jacket away is the fact the the bottom button is aligned with the top of his hacking pockets.
First of all, he looks great. In regards to the button rule: looks like he is wearing it more as a coat rather than a suit or sports jacket. He looks ready for the chill and the way he is put together expresses that (i.e. the way the scarf is worn). He is perfectly styled. Thanks Sartorialist for seeing the truth behind the “rules”
He is truly stylish and my definition of stylish is epitomized by breaking all the rules and still looking great. This is one of the sharpest-looking English gents whether or not his lowest button should be closed.
Even though he has all three buttons closed, I don’t think he is violating the central tenet of male dress. The jacket is not a sport coat it is either an English equestrian or hunting jacket. Those jackets frequently have four buttons–all which can be button quite properly.
God, I hope we are still making men like that. I would feel stylish just by walking next to him and absorbing his atmosphere. This may reveal too much about my psychology: but I would love to take his arm.