If you are new to the professional world, you may need to know how to button a suit. In order for the suit to fit and hang correctly, the suit must be properly tailored first. The buttons must hit in the right spot or the suit will appear sloppy and ill-fitting. Suits tend to have buttons that are for accent only. Thus, you don't button every single button on a suit. Strategically button it so that it's comfortable and also appears professional. The type of suit, single-breasted or double-breasted, influences the way that it should be buttoned. They are constructed and hang differently.
- A single-breasted suit, button only the middle button only. Leave the other two buttons undone as the jacket is meant to be worn that way and it looks best.
- A double-breasted suit, button only one button, second or third from the bottom. There are six total buttons. You can also button all but the top and bottom buttons. This suit should remain buttoned all of the time.
- If there is a vest inside of the suit, button all of the buttons, except for the last one. Leaving the last button undone looks better if you will be sitting down for any reason.
- If you have unbuttoned your jacket and are sitting down, you must button it again when you stand up. Start from top to bottom and make sure not to miss any buttons.
Tips: When you purchase a suit, try to work with the salesperson to determine the best way to button the particular suit.