Harry Mount is frustrated to find that most tailors have succumbed to the two-button suit trend.
Last week I walked along Jermyn Street, spiritual home of the gentlemanâ€™s suit, and noticed something shocking. The jackets in the shop windows had lots of materials â€” tweed, cotton, wool â€” in all colours, shades and checks. But every single jacket had two buttons.
When did tailors get so boringly uniform? Why has the three-button suit â€” the classic style that dominated the 20th century â€” been wiped off the map? As a diehard three-button man, am I a fogeyish dinosaur, a walking Bateman cartoon: â€˜The Man Who Wore a Three-Button Suit in the 21st Centuryâ€™?
I seek solace (and a new three-button suit, in storm- grey, 13-ounce birdseye wool) from Tina Loder, a tailor for more than 30 years, and one of the few women tailors on Savile Row. â€˜Weâ€™re going through a two-button cycle, just as we went through a three-button cycle a decade ago,â€™ she says. â€˜Two buttons signal a casual informality and egalitarianism.â€™
But what if I donâ€™t want to look casually informal and egalitarian?
Read the whole thing and insist on three-button suits.
Hat tip to David Wagner.