Working Buttonholes are so 20th Century

Contrast ButtonholesI’ll admit: I borrowed this idea. And I’m glad I did.

A few years ago, I ran into a salesperson I used to buy from, and he was wearing a beautiful Oxxford coat that happened to have buttonholes made of a contrasting thread. I’m sure he didn’t invent the idea, but it was, admittedly, the first time I had ever seen it. Naturally, I was never going to get that idea out of my head until I had tried it as well.

So the next suit I ordered –a 3-piece in the tan glen plaid pictured at left– was made up with buttonholes in a nice orange thread. Normal people have been complimenting me on that detail since I got the suit, but I was taken aback at Market this season by the number of vendors or fellow buyers that had never seen something like that. Especially since most of the navy blazers we’ve been selling from our Peter Millar Blazer Bar are being ordered with contrasting buttonholes in purple, green, blue, pink, orange, and red (that’s a topic for another post).

Next time you order a custom suit or sportcoat, seriously consider making it a little special with contrasting buttonholes…

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