Published on June 8th, 2016 | by Janine Giorgenti0
Fashion Trivia: Real Working Buttonholes
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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