Category: sartorially

Buttons Right, Buttons Left

Marquise

theories on button direction

From time to time I encounter the question, various theories are discussed – but in the end, everyone is as clueless as before: Why are buttons on men’s dress on the left-hand side, while they are on the right-hand side on women’s clothes? I decided to do some research.

Revisiting Hal Fischer's 'Gay Semiotics,' A Taxonomy Of Gay Archetypes And Codes From The '70S

Paper

Gay Semiotics

Fischer’s photographs were primarily taken in the era’s gay meccas—San Francisco’s Castro and Haight Ashbury districts—and include explanations of visual codes like earrings, handkerchiefs and keys as well as archetypal gay styles like a leather man, an ‘urbane’ gentleman and a ‘basic gay’ street style.

All Dudes Learned How to Dress and It Sucks

The Hairpin

On Metrosexuals

Am I bugging or did a whole lotta dudes in New York suddenly learn how to dress? Sure, there are still square-toed Skechers and Targus laptop carriers and suede car coats and boot-cut date rapist jeans but other than those guys, I feel like people are KILLING IT sartorially and it is the biggest, fattest, suck.

A Brief History of Polka Dots

The Hairpin

Whenceforth came the Polka Dot?

But then came the polka, the dance so popular that mid-19th century Europe came up with the word “polkamania” to describe its own excitement. As the polka craze swept west across the continent, enthusiasts claimed the polka jacket, then the polka hat (neither of them spotted), and finally, the polka dot. There is only a tenuous connection between dot and dance, yet surely the two are linked—it’s possible that polka dots reflect the same regulated, short bursts of energy that inflect the polka itself. Regardless, we know that the American women’s magazine Godey’s Lady’s Book was the first to print the term, in an 1857 description of a “scarf of muslin, for light summer wear, surrounded by a scalloped edge, embroidered in rows of round polka dots.”

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