Ask Belle: How to Replace Buttons
Aug 13, 2015
You often mention that you would change the buttons on jackets or suiting that you show us. Would you consider doing a post on your thought processes for such an alteration? (E.g., general rules on what size/type/color considerations you think about? I’d also appreciate your favorite resources for nice buttons.)
Most women don’t realize that the buttons can make or break a jacket. Cheap-looking buttons, buttons that are the wrong color, or buttons that have odd embellishments can all make a garment look tacky and cheap. Changing them is an inexpensive way to lift the piece out of the mire.
The last item I mentioned changing the buttons on was this hot pink suit from Kasper. The buttons have this strange floral shape with a rhinestone in the middle (seriously?). To replace them, I’d have my tailor search out a similarly sized button in a similar shade of pink.
When changing out the buttons, size matters. In most cases, a button of equal size is the best choice. In others, you may want to choose a slightly larger button.
Good buttons are hard to find. Usually a good tailor can track down nice ones, but since so few people sew now, even they can have trouble. Etsy and eBay are great places to look for good quality buttons. Try searching for vintage buttons, and always get a matched set. If you’re really in a jam, I’ve been known to go to the Goodwill and buy clothes just so I can scavenge the buttons.