On the list of mortal sartorial sins the unsightly flash of bare leg between trouser bottom and socks is always near the top. Belt buckle bulge under a vest is high on the list as well, along with matching necktie and pocket square sets. But what of the smaller sins? This essay begins an occasional series on venial, or forgivable, transgressions.
One sin that I've never understood is the practice of leaving one or even two of one's jacket sleeve buttons unbuttoned in order to show the world that they really work. Of course, this has the opposite effect. Men who see those sloppy sleeves justifiably wonder whether the wearer has a closet full of jackets with buttons that are just sewn on.
When struck by the urge to undo a jacket sleeve button, walk quickly to a large public men's room. Unbutton and roll up your sleeves and wash your hands. Then dry your hands and button the sleeves again. You'll demonstrate that your sleeve buttons work to many men without embarrassing yourself and after a few repetitions the urges will cease.