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Posted on: 6/11/10 9:44 PM
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Shirt buttons are on the right side for men and on the left side for women. It is as simple as that.

My searching found several theories that exist to explain why.
--- Women breast feed
--- In Medieval times, women had handmaids to help dress them. Therefore the garments were designed so the buttons were in the proper position for the dressers, the person USING the buttons.
--- The right side because women's are on the left and women used to button men's shirts for them.
--- In France Napoleon ordered that all women's shirts be buttoned on the opposite side because women used to stick their hands in their shirts to mock him. With the buttons on the opposite side, women could no longer mock him.

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ryansmumAria said...
very interesting-Thanks!
6/12/10 7:51 AM
Gloria W said...
My draping instructor had a theory -- She said that on a womans bodice, the right is always on top because women are always right. Simple to remember. (and no one in the class would ever disagree with her ;-) !)
6/12/10 11:24 AM
MizLiz said...
Thanks for an easy way to remember Gloria W and a piece of history, Jet !!
6/12/10 11:47 AM
kws said...
That is a funny note. Thanks
6/12/10 12:06 PM
ChristineBR said...
Further to Gloria's, I was taught that you start from men are always wrong, so (buttonholes) women are always right!
6/12/10 5:21 PM
Princess Aurora said...
Ahem...if I may; Men's button position also goes back to Medival times. It allowed a man to take off his cape with his left hand at the same time allowing him to draw his sword for battle with is right hand. Most people were right handed because left-handedness was considered wicked/evil.
6/16/10 8:03 PM
 
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