Suit buttons

Is it proper to change the buttons on a suit to a different color? Example: if you had a black suit with black buttons and want to change them to horn button that are brown, will this be an accepted change?


2 Replies to “Suit buttons”

  1. Depends on what you mean by “accepted.” A suit with buttons in a contrasting color is fine, but may be less formal than the suit originally was if you’ve made it stand out more.

    Replacing brown leather buttons on a tweed jacket with black ones doesn’t change much. Replacing the matching gray buttons on a business suit with bright white ones, on the other hand, makes the suit more of a fashion piece and less of a business-appropriate item.

    In the case of a black suit, changing to horn buttons will definitely make the suit a bit less formal. The brown and black may also not be the best combination, depending on the shade of brown. Trust your judgment, but be aware that it does lessen the formality of the suit.

  2. You don’t really want to have different coloured buttons on your suit. If that is what you want, get a blazer. Leave the suit jacket a suit jacket. These are the very subtle differences between suit jackets, blazers, and sport coats: the fabric, and the buttons. I would not recommend changing the button colour on your suit jacket. Change them on your blazer. You can have all sorts of colours on your blazer such as brass, mother of pearl, wood, horn etc

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