Two Buttons vs Three Buttons on James Bond’s Suits


James Bond is most associated with having two buttons on his suit jackets because it is what Sean Connery almost always wears in his Bond films. Daniel Craig’s Bond, on the other hand, almost always has three buttons on his suit jackets. For over a century people have debated whether a suit jacket is better with two buttons or three buttons. Which side does James Bond take? Like most men, Bond follows trends while also considering societal norms. But which of the two styles truly defines Bond’s sartorial identity?

The Styles

A lounge coat, the the type of jacket that a suit has, most commonly has two buttons or three buttons on the front. There are multiple variations of each button configuration. One button and four buttons are also styles with long histories, and they shouldn’t be forgotten either.

Sean Connery wears a button-two suit from Anthony Sinclair in Thunderball.

The button-two jacket is the most common style today, where the top of two buttons fastens near waist level and the second button falls below. Only the top button is designed to be fastened because the jacket is cutaway below the top button. The modern button-two jacket is the only kind that James Bond wears, but there’s also an older style with two buttons called the ‘paddock’ where the bottom button is at or slightly below the waist and the top button is above the waist. The top button may be fastened or left open.

Timothy Dalton wears button-three suit in The Living Daylights.

The button-three jacket has three buttons, with the middle button fastening at waist height and the top and bottom buttons falling equidistant above and below. This is the most traditional of suit buttoning styles. In a full button-three jacket the lapel starts at or above the top button, not below it, but on a well-made jacket the lapel flows into the front of the suit. The top two buttons are designed to be fastened, but in practice it is common to only fasten the middle button. The bottom button is not designed to be fastened because the jacket is cut away below the middle button.

Daniel Craig wears a three-roll-two suit from Tom Ford in Quantum of Solace.

The three-roll-two jacket—sometimes called a button-two, show-one—is constructed for the lapels to roll down to the middle button, effectively looking like a button-two jacket with a long lapel line. Some three-roll-two jackets are cut like button-three jackets while others are cut more like button-two jackets. The style originated when a soft construction allowed the lapels of a button-three jacket to roll down to wherever the jackets is buttoned. Men started fastening their jackets at the middle button so their jackets would look more like trendier button-two jackets. Some say the style originated in America, where the style has remained more popular than it has been elsewhere. It is also common in southern Italian tailoring and in British drape tailoring. On some examples the lapel folds flat when fastened at the middle button while on others the lapel rolls out from the middle button.

With the three-roll-two compared to other styles of three buttons, the top buttonhole is completely visible on the revers rather than on the jacket front, and the lapel side of the buttonhole is usually finished as the main side. The top button isn’t visible as it is completely hidden under the lapel. In the 21st century the style has become something of a secret handshake for those who notice and appreciate the button and buttonhole in the middle of the lapel. The style is typically a more relaxed one, both due to the whimsy of a buttonhole in the middle of the lapel and due to the usual softer construction that comes with the style.

Pierce Brosnan wears a three-roll-two-and-a-half suit from Brioni in Die Another Day.

When the lapel rolls below the top of three buttons but not all the way to the middle button it is sometimes called a three-roll-two-and-a-half. This is a traditional way of cutting a jacket with three-buttons and is typically how high-end button-three jackets are most often cut. There’s often no clear point of where the lapel ends as it rolls into the front of the jacket, but the lapel often ends just below the top button. Since most well-dressed men don’t fasten the top of three buttons, this style softens the look of a when a jacket with three buttons is fastened only at the middle button. Unlike how a three-roll-two closely resembles a button-two jacket, the three-roll-two-and-a-half presents the silhouette of a more elegant button-three jacket, and the top button remains visible. It is still possible to fasten the top button on many three-roll-two-and-a-half jackets, but the lapel may partially overlap the top button.

How much the lapel rolls and where it rolls to may be determined by the collar length and how the canvas is stitched into the lapel. Pressing can change a lapel roll to a small degree, but for the most part it is worked into the construction of the jacket.

Sean Connery wears a button-one suit from Anthony Sinclair in You Only Live Twice.

The button-one jacket has only one button at the front. The button is placed at the waist or slightly below the waist. The quarters may be more cutaway than on a button two jacket. This style is more commonly used for dinner jackets, but it is equally appropriate on suits and odd jackets. However, it is often thought of as a more formal style because it is more minimal and showier than other styles.

Roger Moore wears a button-four safari jacket in The Man with the Golden Gun.

The button-four jacket is a less formal style because it’s a more utilitarian style. Despite revivals in the 1960s and 1990s, it is the most old-fashioned style of jacket. Button positions can vary, with the third button at the waist, the second and third buttons straddling the waist or the third and fourth buttons straddling the waist. Most traditional examples have the buttons spaced equidistant with a fifth lapel button. Some button-three jackets space their buttons with the lapel buttonhole in the same manner. Four buttons are most commonly used for military jackets and safari jackets. For suits and odd jackets it is the most outdated style.

These are all legitimate styles with long histories, and James Bond has worn all of them over the years. None of them belong to any one era in fashion, but at times some have been more fashionable than other.

Early Lounge Suits

From the origins of the lounge suit in the 19th century through the early 20th century, the jacket usually had three or four buttons on the front. It was intended to be a practical and functional garment, and buttoning high meant that it would wear warmer outdoors in the British countryside. The lapel buttonhole was originally a functional button that allowed the jacket to close to the top of the chest for warmth.

Early 1900s

By the early 20th century the button-two suit had come into fashion. It exemplified how the suit had become a dressier garment for show rather than one based on functionality. It started out in the high-fastening ‘paddock’ style, and the modern low-fastening button-two suit was a standard choice by the late 1920s. A man looking for a single-breasted suit would have a choice between two buttons or three buttons. Two buttons and a three-roll-two was a younger look while high-fastening three buttons was a more traditional and conservative look, but the two styles were more or less equals. This would be the case through the 1960s.

1950s and 1960s

In the 1950s it became trendy to have only one button on the front of a suit, and this fashion became more popular the 1960s. However, it was not a new style for suits at this time either. The button-one suit was mainly found with bespoke tailors who used this as a way of setting themselves apart. In the 1960s, button-four suits also became fashionable again. Neither one button nor four buttons became a dominant fashion at the time, and for most men the choice remained between two buttons and three buttons. The three-roll-two was a very popular style in America during this time as well, usually in the form of the Brooks Brothers sack suit. It was during the 1960s that the standard switched from three buttons to two buttons.

Ian Fleming wears his preferred button-two suit.

James Bond’s creator Ian Fleming preferred two buttons on his suits in the 1950s and 1960s. While he didn’t specify the number of buttons on James Bond’s suits in the books, Fleming’s preference for two buttons would suggest the same for the character.

Sean Connery wears a button-two suit from Anthony Sinclair in Dr. No.

Sean Connery established the button-two look for James Bond in Dr. No in 1962. He consistently wore suits with two buttons in the 1960s except for a single suit with one button in You Only Live Twice.

George Lazenby wears a button-two suit from Dimi Major in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

George Lazenby played James Bond in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service in 1969 and wears an even number of button-two and button-three jackets. His London suits and his hacking jacket have three buttons for a more traditional look. His light blue suit also has three buttons, but there’s no particular reason for it. His cream, Prince of Wales and tweed suits as well as his black lounge wedding jacket have two buttons for a showier look.

George Lazenby wears a button-three suit from Dimi Major in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

Lazenby’s button-three jackets are made in the classic English bespoke style where the lapels have a gradual and pronounced roll just through the top button. This is a form of the three-roll-two-and-a-half, but it’s closer to a button-three style. They’re able to fasten at the top button but when he fastens the jacket at the middle button the lapels roll elegantly through the top button.


Sean Connery wears a button-two suit from Anthony Sinclair in Diamonds Are Forever.

In the 1970s, two buttons dominated suits while three buttons became an old-fashioned look. Wide lapels were in fashion, and there is more room for a wider lapel on a lower-buttoning jacket. Wide lapels look especially stubby on a button-three jacket.

Sean Connery wears a button-three half-Norfolk jacket, maybe from Anthony Sinclair, in Diamonds Are Forever.

Both Sean Connery and Roger Moore almost always wore suits and jackets with two buttons in the 1970s. The exceptions are two half-Norfolk jackets with a full three buttons in Diamonds Are Forever for a very traditional look. Because it’s a sporty country style, the full button-three style makes sense even though Bond fastens his jackets only at the middle button. Moore wears a button-four leisure suits and safari jackets in Live and Let Die and The Man with the Golden Gun and a cream suit with one button in Moonraker for a flashier look.

Roger Moore wears a button-two suit from Angelo Roma in Moonraker.


Two buttons remained the standard in the 1980s, but a return to traditional, conservative styles meant that three buttons also returned. Three buttons would once again be a mark of sophistication.

Roger Moore wears a button-two suit from Doug Hayward in A View to a Kill.

Two buttons—in a low stance—was the standard for Roger Moore and Timothy Dalton in the 1980s, but in the first four films of the decade they each feature one three-piece button-three suit for a scene in London. Octopussy also briefly features a button-three tweed jacket that is supposed to reverse into a button-four military jacket. Three buttons lends these outfits a more traditional and conservative look. These button-three for in London are amongst the dressiest suits of these films, but three buttons does necessarily make these suits dressier than two buttons. However, the more traditional look of three buttons may nominally raise their formality.

Roger Moore wears a button-three suit from Doug Hayward in Octopussy.

Bond’s button-three jackets in the 1980s all have lapels that roll at the top button, except the lapels on his flannel suit in A View to a Kill roll through the top button for three-roll-two-and-a-half look. Unlike Lazenby’s suits, which had a higher three-roll-two-and-a-half look, the lapel roll on this flannel suit approaches three-roll-two territory.

Roger Moore wears a three-roll-two-and-a-half suit from Doug Hayward in A View to a Kill.


By the mid 1990s, three buttons had become the trendy choice over two buttons, which was now seen as the more conservative look. High fastening jackets were popular, and even four buttons saw a revival.

Pierce Brosnan wears a button-three suit from Brioni in The World Is Not Enough.

For the first time, three buttons became the standard for James Bond. While the style made occasional appearances in the series since 1969, it was never enough to make an impact on Bond’s style until Pierce Brosnan wore it in GoldenEye. Brosnan’s Brioni suits in the 1990s films are almost all button-three suits, except one suit has two buttons and another has one button. The lapel roll is more elegant on these Brioni suits than it is on the average button-three suit of the era. While the lapel ends at the top button, the suit’s construction allows the front of the jacket to elegantly roll out into the lapel. Unlike the trend to fasten the top button, Brosnan never does so. He either fastens only the middle button or leaves the jackets open.

Pierce Brosnan wears Bond’s third and most recent button-one suit of the series in The World Is Not Enough. This suit is from Brioni.


The trendiness of three buttons was short lived, and by the early 2000s some felt that three buttons was already outdated. However, for the entirety of the aughts the mainstream attitude was that two buttons and three buttons were equally valid choices. The trendy choice was for high-fastening two buttons, which would remain throughout the 2010s.

Pierce Brosnan wears a button-two suit from Brioni in Die Another Day.

In Die Another Day, Brosnan wears an equal number of suits with three buttons and suits with two buttons from Brioni, signalling a return of the latter. The lapel on his button-three suits now rolls down slightly through the top button, making them a three-roll-two-and-a-half.

Daniel Craig wears a three-roll-two-and-a-half suit from Brioni in Casino Royale.

Daniel Craig wears three-roll-two-and-a-half suits from Brioni in Casino Royale, but they have a higher button stance than Brosnan wore. Craig also wears one high-stance button-two suit from an English tailor at the start of Casino Royale, following the trend that was especially popular in England at the time.

Daniel Craig wears a button-two linen suit with a high stance in Casino Royale.

During this decade, the three-roll-two saw an increase in popularity amongst those particularly interested in menswear. It gained a reputation as being a sophisticated style, and Tom Ford happens to be a fan of the look. Bond first wears the three-roll-two style on his Tom Ford suits in Quantum of Solace. Unlike most traditional three-roll-two jackets that have a soft construction, these Tom Ford suits have a firm construction. The ordinarily relaxed nature of the three-roll-two is absent on Tom Ford’s examples.

Daniel Craig wears a three-roll-two suit from Tom Ford in Quantum of Solace.


In the 2010s, the button-three jacket fell out of favour, especially as it was seen as a trend from the 1990s. The long history of the button-three suit has largely been forgotten, with only its reputation of being a 1990s trend remaining. Two buttons has the reputation of being both the current and the classic style.

Daniel Craig wears a three-roll-two-and-a-half suit from Tom Ford in Skyfall.

Despite the trends, Daniel Craig’s Tom Ford suits in Skyfall are a three-roll-two-and-a-half where the top button is visible. Despite popular misconceptions, it is neither a button-two nor a three-roll-two. Because the jacket is very tight it pulls the chest open so it looks more like a button-two jacket, but unlike in a three-roll-two the lapel doesn’t roll down to the middle button. The buttoning style is similar to the style of Bond’s button-three Brioni suits, but the trimmer fit that causes the chest to pull open lends it the deeper ‘V’ of a button-two suit.

Daniel Craig wears a three-roll-two suit from Tom Ford in Spectre.

The three-roll-two from Quantum of Solace returns on most of the Tom Ford suits in Spectre. While three buttons were largely out of fashion during this decade, the three-roll-two was still seen as a sophisticated choice by those in the know and is Bond’s primary style in the film. Spectre also introduces Bond’s first button-two suit since Casino Royale.

Daniel Craig wears a button-two suit from Tom Ford in Spectre.

In addition to the Tom Ford suits, Craig also wears an odd jacket from Brunello Cucinelli with a soft three-roll-two style that suits the casual nature of the jacket.

Daniel Craig wears a three-roll-two jacket from Brunello Cucinelli in Spectre.

Because No Time to Die was filmed in 2019, it falls under the 2010s heading despite its 2021 release. Here Craig still wears three-roll-two jackets, both in the stiffer Tom Ford suits and in the much softer Masimo Alba needlecord suit.

Daniel Craig wears a three-roll-two suit from Tom Ford in No Time to Die.

He fastens the top two buttons of his Masimo Alba suit, despite it being a three-roll-two suit. Even though the cut allows for it, the suit is constructed for the lapels to roll to the middle of three buttons, so it ends up looking strained when Craig fastens the top button.

Daniel Craig wears a three-roll-two suit (incorrectly fastened at the top) from Massimo Alba in No Time to Die.

The Winner

If it were as simple as counting how many suits Bond wears with two buttons and how many he wears with three buttons, two buttons comes out slightly ahead. However, there was a turning point when three button became Bond’s main style for GoldenEye in 1995, and the change wasn’t just for the 1990s. When isolating the most recent three decades of the Bond series, three buttons comes out far ahead against two buttons.

Despite two buttons being the popular style for the last two decades, Bond has still been a fan of variations on three buttons. While many of them have been three-roll-two suits that resemble button-two suits, as recently as Skyfall in 2012 Bond went against trends with three-roll-two-and-a-half suits, despite embracing the shrunken suit trend. And in the most recent film No Time to Die, Bond even fastens a three-roll-two suit at the top button like it’s a full button-three, further embracing having three buttons on his suits. Bond has been committed to having three buttons on his suits, in spite of both trends to the contrary and his early history as a man who preferred two buttons. Perhaps at a time when the average man wears two buttons, Bond feels that three buttons is a more distinctive look. He may prefer the longer tradition and history of the button-three suit compared to the button-two suit.

If there is to be a true Bond film of the 2020s, which style will be the dominant one when the next film is made? Will Bond finally break away from his recent preference for three buttons?


  1. What about the very short moment in Casino Royale right after the gun barrel and title sequence when we can briefly see Craig in a dark suit and striped tie, walking towards the camera ? Wasn’t it a two-button suit ? I always wondered.

    • What’s your opinion on this suit, Matt ? Do you think it’s the navy plaid from Montenegro or could it be another one ?

  2. I recall looking for three-button suits in Auckland in the early- ~ mid-00’s only for higher end menswear places to assure me that a modern high-fastening two button suit had the same look, but I assumed that they were just plying their trade to sell me that which I didn’t want and consequently disbelieved them. How wrong I was and now I know as a not-tall guy that a three button suit, whilst looking basically alright, does me few aesthetic favours either . . .

  3. The majority of my suits are button three (only fastened at the middle), and as pointed out the button three suit has dominated the last two or three decades for Bond, but I still feel the button two is a more quintessential Bond look. Connery was button two. Lazenby was balanced. Moore is mostly associated with his 70s suits and they were all button two. Dalton was pretty balanced as well. Brosnan was firmly button three. And that brings us to Craig.
    Almost all of his suits are button three, but they all LOOK button two. Most people assume there’s only two because the lapels pull so much at the waist, giving that classic deep V.
    We in the know understand that Bond might be a button three guy, but I think the look is one of the button two.

    (10 instances of the word “button” in this comment alone. Now 11. Not to mention how many times it’s written in the article. I think the word has lost all meaning for me now!)

    • While the suits in Quantum of Solace, Spectre and No Time to Die are three-roll-two and look like button-two suits, the Casino Royale and Skyfall suits do not look like button-two because you can see the top button and the lapel isn’t rolling down to the second button. There is a more open ‘V’ compared to Brosnan’s button-three suits, but it’s not a smooth V like a button-two suit has. I’d say that Craig is balanced between the look of the long lapel of a three-roll-two and the shorter lapel of a button three.

      • Very true, maybe I’m not giving the cut as much credit as it deserves. I suppose my thought process is that the average person, by which I mean those who aren’t particularly knowledgeable about menswear, wouldn’t notice the top button on many of Craig’s suits, they’re probably not looking that closely. When people think of a three-button suit I imagine they see a hard three-buttons, like Dalton’s in The Living Daylights, and which news presenters wore in the 90s. I don’t think many people are aware of the three-roll-two or any of its variations, and would assume it’s just a button two. That’s why to me the LOOK of a button two is the look of James Bond, even if we know there’s more to it.

      • You’re spot on Timothy. I remember discussing Bond clothes with an old mate of mine back in England who like me was caught up in the Mod revival look, and he was expressing his disdain for Craig’s style for having completely eschewed three button suits as opposed to Broz. I had to correct him and say a lot of Craig’s suits were in fact three buttons but they were the crap version with hidden top button and button hole but he remained largely unconvinced. The three roll two style is not as well known in England as it is in America where it was a feature of Ivy Style that didn’t really cross the pond.

  4. Most of my suits are 3-roll-2 and it’s my preferred style but I don’t think it suits Bond and don’t like the way it’s executed by Tom Ford. The style works best on softer, relaxed suits (either in the American Ivy League or Southern Italian style). With Ford’s structured cut I find it looks unnatural and a bit fussy. Of course it doesn’t help that the fit on the Skyfall, Spectre and NTTD suits is so poor.

    Bond’s suits should look current while retaining classic proportions in my opinion, and ideally be British (in style even if not always in origin). Incorporating well cut two and three button jackets, depending on which is more fashionable, is the best way to achieve that.

  5. Another excellent article Matt! Really great writing about a topic that has been on my mind recently. I personally have both 2 button and 3 button suits and enjoy wearing them equally. I’m especially a fan of the Brosnan era as in my opinion Brioni really did great job with his clothes in all 4 movies. I think that the 3 button suit look really good on a slimmer and taller body then it does on a shorter one. I’m 6 foot 3 and recently 3 button has been my go to .

  6. A SB two button suit jacket make sense for a secret agent, concealing his shoulder holster and being dependent on quick and easy access to his Walther PPK. But somehow, I find two button suit jackets boring, they are cheaper and easier to mass produce, and it looks kind of odd to always have the lower buttonhole empty. Paddock jackets (as worn by the Duke of Windsor, Anthony Eden, Larry Olivier, and JFK) are somewhat awkward to button (being easier with a slim figure). You can either button both or just the lower one. I really like Sean Connery’s button-one suit from Anthony Sinclair in You Only Live Twice. It gets rid of the fussiness of a unusable lower button and is a sign of a bespoke garment. Steven Hitchcock makes jacket’s in that style that looks really neat.

  7. Defo a team 2 (or 3 roll 2) man.

    3 buttons needs a particular build. Not too chunky, not too skinny. Most of us aren’t that goldilocks shape.

    • You’ll get away with a three-button affair if you’re at least 169 ~ 170 centimeters tall or over, and quite well if your shoes have some height (without being obviously high platformed things like Robert Downey Jr. wears in the ‘Iron Man’ film series to compensate for starring alongside the relatively tall Gwyneth Paltrow), but basically you’re right.

  8. It’s interesting that Craig favored 2.5 and 3-button suits, given that conventional wisdom says they’re best for taller men, and Craig is the only Bond under six feet.

    • He also favoured three-roll-two suits, which are better for shorter men.

      The conventional wisdom, however, follows fashion trends. When the full three buttons were popular 25 years ago, it was often said that the longer vertical line was better for shorter men.

  9. For me personally the absolute zenith of menswear silhouettes is the early sixties Mod style of ‘hard’ three button jackets with slim (not skinny) lapels and slim (not skinny) flat front strides. I accept that this look doesn’t work for everyone but I’m over six feet and 170 pounds so it works for me. I also concede that at the time the novels were written and the first few films were made, Bond as a conservative establishment agent undercover as a businessman would lean toward two button suits, which look great in the first few films but when I was a kid in the early seventies I associated two button suits with boring, shapeless, officious, dullards like Richard Nixon so when the Mod revival happened in the late seventies I jumped on the three button style and never left it. I just did a quick inventory and aside from my one-button black tie rigs I have sixty-six suit jackets and odd jackets, all three button, most ventless, some of them even converted from two buttons!

    My favourite suit in the entire canon is the Junkanoo sharkskin in Thunderball, even though it’s a two. I also liked a lot of the Broz Brioni three buttons. I despise jackets which are purportedly three buttons but are in reality embellished two buttons. There’s an Ivy trend to wear two button jackets with pressed flat lapels which have a hidden button on the back side of one lapel and an ugly button hole buggering up the bottom of the other. Craig wears a lot of suits which only reveal themselves to be threes on close inspection but to all intents they are two button jackets, cut so tight there is no appreciable roll to the lapels and very little evidence that they are indeed threes. Gruesome!

    It will be interesting to see what style New Bond leans towards. I agree that there’s a delicate balancing act to confirm to a degree with current trends as Bond is supposed to be ‘cool’ while at the same time maintaining one foot in the camp of established tradition. Recent films have found it harder and harder to show Bond in a scene with a tuxedo. If the race to the bottom of casualisation continues much further it will prove very difficult to dress secret agent Bond in a suit and not have him stick out like a sore thumb. Prepare for Bond 26 to have him go undercover in a hoodie, sweat pants and crocs! No buttons needed!

    • I think the demise of the suit will take a lot longer with Bond around. Maybe I’m being dramatic but I think the dinner suit has kept its legs this long because of him and I believe that if Bond sticks around then he will always wear suits.
      But as you pointed out, it’s famously become more and more difficult to find a reason for his dinner suits, so the deterioration has still occurred, just slower. I think this is true for the suit. With Bond I think we have several decades, but if they stopped making films tomorrow I still think it’s decades, but without the unofficial mascot it’ll be fewer and fewer. I believe, eventually, the full suit will go the way of the frock coat. I hope I’m wrong.

    • It’s starting already Rod. Just this year Paul Smith, a designer I usually like, introduced “a suit to travel in.” It features a normal jacket but with drawstring trousers cut like something you would wear to the gym for exercise but in suit fabric. Future menswear historians might trace this as the moment when classic suit designers started to admit defeat. I really hope it doesn’t catch on – I don’t want drawstring trousers in the next gun barrel sequence!

      • When James Bond was still wearing belted suit trousers, people were equating side-adjusters to drawstrings. Not that I’m in favour of drawstrings on suit trousers, but people at various times in history have thought poorly of all sorts of suit details that we love.

    • Yeah I have several items from Suitsupply but in their eagerness to maintain their market share in a decreasing suit market they were selling suits with drawstring strides recently too. I was in NYC briefly this week and just had time for a quick walk around the village to see the shops. Walked right past SS and for the first time ever just decided I couldn’t be arsed and kept walking.

  10. Dear Matt, as we’re approaching the New Year, perhaps you could cover some of the outfits from Entrapment (which is a New Year’s film ;)
    In the last scene, S Connery wears a particularly beautiful suit with a mandarin collar shirt. Considering the fact the necktie is becoming an accessory reserved only for the most formal occasions where Black Tie isn’t required, I’m surprised the mandarin collars from the 90’s haven’t made a comeback. The style looked quite cool back then.
    What is your prediction on tailoring fashions in the near future? As of now, it looks like the generic two button suit with flat front pants isn’t going anywhere, as it’s still the standard uniform required in some professions, while the soft, unstructured jackets are preferred by those who are not required to dress in tailoring, but choose to do so. What do you think?

  11. Me personally as someone who’s 5’9, overweight and who’s torso is longer in proportion to my legs, I prefer either a two button or maybe one button suit, both with the top button slightly below the waist. Most suit jackets I’ve tried the top button is too high above my navel and it really bugs me.

  12. Funny enough regarding the wisdom surrounding who should wear what, a salesperson told me in 2005 that I should wear a button three suit due to my height. (I am indeed a tall girl at 6’1, but I was only 5’11 back then and didn’t need tall sizes just yet. My limbs just barely skated by on length.) I insisted on a button two. I think either style suits me now. The three roll two/two-and-half style is virtually nonexistent on women’s suits and I think it’s a missed opportunity. The soft roll would look good against women’s curves in my opinion. Single button suits are on trend at the moment for us though. I like it.

  13. I actually think Connery’s two -button suit during the height of popularity of the three and even four button suit was a powerful and very deliberate statement by EON back in the 1960s. It really doubled-down on the “our man is a classic British gent who isn’t remotely bothered by the winds of the outside world and who always means business.” It’s not like the other spies of the time we’re doing this: John Steed, John Drake, Max Smart, Napoleon Solo, and Ilya Kuryakin often wore button-ones and threes. But not Bond. By keeping him, despite all this, mostly in button-two in the 1960s paired with Connery’s imposing presence, we instantly knew that this was a old school tough customer the second he walked in a room.

  14. Very interesting history lesson Mr. Spaiser. My personal taste I prefer the standard two button suit but I don’t mind the others.


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