Why are men and women’s shirt buttons on opposite sides?

Men’s shirt buttons are on the right hand side because the majority of men are right handed. So surely women’s buttons should be on the same side as they are also right handed on average. Well the answer is – ‘that is correct’, but the difference is that before the twentieth century any ‘lady of means’ would expect her hand maid to do her buttons up for her, thus the buttons needed to be on the maid’s right. This became popular over time because it gave the impression of opulence.

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3 Responses to Why are men and women’s shirt buttons on opposite sides?

  1. Phil Krause says:

    I like it, sounds like we ought to get our fly holes to button up the other way around.

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