Published on June 8th, 2016 | by Janine Giorgenti


Fashion Trivia: Real Working Buttonholes

Doctor Sleeves?

By Janine Giorgenti


Why do they call real working buttonholes on sleeves “Doctor Sleeves”?


In the early 1900’s (and prior), it would have been considered impolite for a doctor to not wear a suit coat when a making a house call to perform a procedure, including delivering babies. Functional buttonholes on sleeves allowed physicians to unbutton their suit coat sleeves and roll them up prior to performing surgical procedures.

The term, “Doctor Sleeves” continues to be used today for real working buttonholes.

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Janine Giorgenti

For over 25 years, Janine Giorgenti, renowned fashion designer and image consultant – has provided a long line of satisfied clients with unparalleled service and first class made-to-measure custom suits. Featured in the Wall Street Journal, Vogue Magazine, The New York Times, CNN, Fox News, CBS, and other top media outlets – Janine has established a clientele of some of New York’s most successful and discerning professionals – including such New York dignitaries as former New York Islanders legend Bobby Nystrom and chief economist Dr. Irwin Kellner.

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Fashion Trivia: Real Working Buttonholes

by Janine Giorgenti