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This Is Why Buttons On Men’s And Women’s Shirts Are On Different Sides

By Karly Carpena
August 30, 2016

Women’s buttons are generally on the left, while men’s are on the right. Did you even notice it? It turns out that there’s a few historical theories on the matter, including ideas about Napoleon, sword-fighting, and breastfeeding.

Even when modern women started wearing pants and more masculine looks, the buttons were still on the opposite side. Hey, they had to keep their clothes slightly different, right?


It’s interesting to thing that a trend that used to have a purpose essentially carried on into the new century without much reason. Then again, we’ll always have a way to tell men’s and women’s clothes apart, right?


One theory claims that Napoleon had some issues with the buttons on his shirt: In all his portraits, Napoleon had his right hand tucked into his coat — believe it or not, it was a sign of “good breeding” at the time,m and his buttons were on the left. Because Napoleon felt men were superior and was sick of women mocking his signature posed, he allegedly demanded that women’s buttons be moved to the opposite side.


Find out why women’s buttons are generally on the left, while men’s are on the right by clicking the CONTINUE READING button below…