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When is it appropriate to button a sport coat?

Asked by lotion (2points) January 5th, 2008

I know that with a typical three button suit, during formal occasions while standing, it is appropriate to button the middle button always, and top depending on the style of the suit. However, what are the generally accepted rules for a sport coat? I have heard that since a sport coat is generally worn during less formal occasions, one should never button their sport coat. Is that so?

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vanguardian's avatar

If its a 3 button jacket, if you must button…the top 2. Never button the bottom. You can get away with the middle only, if you are wearing it real casual with jeans. But you can’t go wrong with the top 2. Maybe start it buttoned then open it up. The jacket should fit right so if lays right when opened. If you are heavier set and your jacket isnt tailored right it will tend to flap open justifying the buttoning. I button and unbutton through out the night when I wear a sport coat.

Is it for a specific event?

lotion's avatar

This is not for a specific event, I was just curious because I just returned from a visit to France—where it is more common to dress up a little bit—to spend some time with my sister. While there, I wore my sport coat far more often than I do here in the states, always opened.

RIGGORYU's avatar

when you enter the event i think is most appropriate time to have your coat buttoned. all other times there is no need. when getting a blow job at some of these events i feel having my coat buttoned makes me feel much more important for some reason.

muddyh2o's avatar

you’re asking a question of etiquette, and with sport coats it follows the rules for a suit. essentially, you’re asking how to wear a jacket, as part of a suit or not. buttoned when standing.

you can be less formal, and that would be unbuttoned. always buttoned when entering a room / party / restaurant the first time, when meeting someone, et cetera. unbuttoned when being more active

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