The 3 button suit has returned with a vengeance. After being out of fashion for a while, it started appearing in designers’ collections again toward the end of the ‘00s. Ever since, fashion-forward celebrities, including Ryan Reynolds and Andrew Garfield, have been seen wearing one.
Here’s what you need to know to pull off the 3 button look.
When it’s done well, the 3 button suit can have a super-chic, retro vibe. Popular with mods in the 1960s, the 3 button suit went out of fashion for a long time, only to be resuscitated in a majorly hip and current way. Isn’t this always the way with fashion?
It has to be said that 1 or 2 button suits remain the most popular type of suit with the majority of men today. This is mainly due to the low placement of the buttons, which creates a deep V shape, revealing a lot more shirt and tie. People believe this creates a more flattering look.
But don’t write off the 3 button look just because it hasn’t passed into the fashion mainstream yet. You can pull it off: you just need to know how! The 3 button suit has a style all its own – it shouldn’t be dismissed. Definitely featuring a more “buttoned up” look, the 3 button suit can be just as cool, if not cooler, than its 2 button counterpart.
Keep things cool
To ensure the “buttoned up” impression of the 3 button suit stays cool, not stiff, style it with a slim fit and hand stitched lapels. Slashed pockets are also a good idea. Your goal is to modernize the look.
For some examples of 3 button suits that work excellently, check out the images of Andrew Garfield and Ryan Reynolds above. You should notice both the retro flavour of these suits and the modern edge the suit makers have given them. This is what you should be aiming for.
- Remember to leave the bottom button unbuttoned. You don’t want to come off looking all wrapped up like an extra large burrito. Also, buttoning the bottom button can potentially damage your jacket: it pulls at the fabric and makes your jacket look constricted.
- If you’re very tall, you can pull this look off easily. If you’re on the shorter side, go for a 2 button suit.
- If you’re someone who doesn’t like to go with the crowd and you’re always looking for new fashion trends to explore, you might enjoy ordering a 3 button suit and styling it with a slim fit. Take the images above as inspiration.