The difference between men's and women's shirt buttons

It's not difficult to realize that men's and women's shirts have buttons on opposite sides, but do you know the reason?

Shirt is one of the indispensable items in our closets. However, have you ever noticed the difference between men's and women's shirts?

The answer is in the row of buttons (buttonholes) of the shirts.

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The shirt buttons are sewn on opposite sides for each gender

If you pay a little attention, it's easy to recognize that the buttons on men's and women's shirts are in the opposite sides. In details, the buttons of men's shirts on the right side, while the ones on women's shirts are on the left. But why is that?

If you ask, most people will say that the buttons are designed like that so it will be more convenient for wives when they button up their husbands' shirts. Unfortunately, actually the design of these shirt buttons for men and women was started by a historical element in the fashion industry.

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The reason for this button design started from fashion industry in the past

In the Renaissance, when the favorite costumes of women were luxurious, gaudy and flashiness outfits, dressing every day is quite annoying for rich ladies. Therefore, Sewing buttons on the left was supposed to help the maid team while helping the ladies dress every day.

On the other hand, the gentlemen always dressed themselves, so their buttons were sewn on the left.

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Women's outfits before were very complicated

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The rich ladies always had helpers when dressing

Besides, if the fashion brands today often use models to stimulate attention and boost sales, then hundreds of years ago, these ladies were always "trial wearer".

Gradually, sewing buttons on opposite sides has become a habit and an unwritten rule of the fashion world.

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Beautiful women all the times are tailors' muses

There are also another reliable reasons, yore, when men often had to use their dominant hands (mostly right hands) to pull out weapons from inside their shirts, the left hand would be the hand to unbutton.

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When a gentleman use right hand to pull out his weapon, he would have to unbutton with the left hand

Besides, some people suggest that the mothers often carry their babies in the left hand and have to use right hand to unbutton themselves for breastfeeding, it is also one of the reasons that set up the habit sewing buttons on opposite sides for each gender.

By: Quinn Fernandez

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