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Button Placement: a Fascinating Fact


   Button Placement: a Fascinating Fact

Why are buttons on the right side of men’s clothing and on the left side for woman’s clothing? It is not to distinguish gender as you may think. The button placement dates back to the 13th century when buttons became the latest fashion and a luxury used only by wealthy people. Most men dressed themselves so the buttons were placed on the right side for easier fastening maneuverability. Wealthy women had “dressing maids”, so the buttons were placed on the left side for easier access for the maid. It is fascinating that with all the vast changes over the centuries, some things stay the same.






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