We have reiterated time and again that the first thing you have to know about menswear is that it’s all about the details. This is where most of us commit mistakes. Sometimes, you’re too eager to buy branded clothes without taking into consideration the smallest things. We can’t emphasize this enough but details are very important in men’s wear. As a matter of fact, its importance transcends fashion and style. Your ability to look at details is also important with your work and hobbies, heck it is even equally important in relationships.
Buttons are important in men’s wardrobe. It’s not just a tool to fasten clothes; it symbolizes a lot of things and it can control your overall outfit. In the Renaissance period, buttons were considered as a status symbol. Buttons were once engraved with the most intricate designs. Sometimes, the symbol and patterns are exclusive to a certain family or a club. Buttons were a serious business at that time so much so that Amish cultures restrict themselves from wearing one because of its potential ostentation.
Check out all his buttons! De Goya’s Don Tadeo Bravo de Rivero, 1806.
Intricate Vintage Buttons
The effects of buttons in society can still be felt today. Ever wonder why your blazer’s buttons are located at the right while your wife’s are at the left? Well, history suggests that women’s clothes were made to be worn to them by handmaidens. Of course, this practice is not applicable today but button placing is a great way to tell if you’re wearing woman’s clothes.
Going bespoke is fun until you’re lost with material choices. Picking the right button for the right fabric and the right occasion can be very complicated. Of course you have your trusted tailor to back you up. His experiences speak for itself and his opinion on the matter is of great weight. But of course, it all comes down to what you want. So you have to have at least a little background on buttons.
The most basic thing to remember is to closely match the color of the fabric with the shade of the button. This is the most traditional button choice when in formal occasions. If the fabric is light, you can go one or two shades darker for the button. Thus for business and formal events, it’s black on black, dark brown on charcoal, dark blue on navy, or dark grey on charcoal.
Nonetheless, if you want to be a bit edgier, pick contrasting colors. This is perfect if you opted for a CMT (cut, make, trim) blazer. Thus in sports coats, white buttons are perfect for navy fabrics.
Informal yet classy.
You likewise have to consider the material used. Some of the most common ones are Corozo, Horn, and of course, synthetic ones. Horn buttons usually come in all shades of brown, black, amber, and even ivory. These are specially carved from the horns of animals like buffalo or bull. Corozo buttons, on the other hand, are made from actual seeds of the Mococha fruit. If you don’t want animal cruelty, this is the best alternative to the Horn button. Ultimately, you can also opt for synthetically made buttons that mimic the texture of natural buttons.
Corozo buttons in action.
This dude used Mother of Pearls in his double breasted suit. Mother of Pearls are perfect for informal suits.
Horn buttons are almost always polished.
You can also opt for metallic buttons but be careful with the other metals that you’ll be wearing.
As we have said, it’s all up to you! Choose wisely and act confidently. But when choosing, always remember that buttons are very important in men’s wardrobe. Don’t underestimate its effects!