Find Out Why Men’s Shirt Buttons Are On The Right And Women’s On The Left

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In the world of clothing, fashion trends are constantly changing like the tide in the oceans. There is one feature, however, that has remained constant in men’s and women’s clothing since the invention of the button and buttonhole: men’s shirt buttons are on the right while women’s shirt buttons are on the left.

Though there’s no historical record or museum with an exhibit devoted to buttons (and/or factual logic as to why a person’s sex would have anything to do with said buttons’ orientation), most sources seem to cite the same simple rationale that dates back over a century.

Mens’ buttons are on the right side because men have always tended to dress themselves and most men (and women, for that matter) are right-handed.

Womens’ buttons are on the left side because years ago (say, during the Victorian Era), the women that could afford fancy clothing with a bunch of buttons would rely on maids to help dress them. So, if a servant (most of whom, naturally, would be right-handed) is going to routinely buttoning up a shirt/dress for someone else, that servant is going to prefer to have the buttons on their right side (which would be the left side of the garment).

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