I was really tickled when I saw this for sale on Vestiaire Collective today.

I thought it was a single button and had a giggle at selling a button for that price. But a second look showed it was a set of five buttons, which could really help someone out. I hope it was well-enough described to show up on a search.

I have always liked changing up old coats, shirts, and cardigans by switching out the buttons. Mass-produced fashion almost always has badly-attached cheap buttons which can look shoddy, or fall off/break. Changing them for vintage or higher quality ones can really change the feel of a garment. It also makes a huge difference if you do it with a piece of clothing you have grown tired of.

My favourite Zara parka suffered from broken buttons over time. I love it so much that I replaced the big black buttons with big green, red and yellow ones, because they were the only ones I could find that fit. I received so many compliments on my bright buttons, until I finally wore the parka out. I miss it even today!

Author: Janet Carr

Fashion, beauty and animal loving language consultant from South Africa living in Stockholm, Sweden.

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  1. I have had a Chanel coat. I love it as it was really warm and comfortable. Unfortunately I broke one of the buttons and I was desperate to find a similar one to replace it. Unfortunately I was never able to source one so I had to change the six buttons to regular black ones. I didn’t mind them not having the brand logo on them as it is not because buttons have a logo that the garment is the same brand. My only worry was to find buttons of the same size and it was not an easy task.
    It taught me a lesson: when my clothes are worn out I always keep the buttons (whatever brand they are) before getting rid of the clothes. That way I always have a stock of buttons of different sizes and colours that I can if I need to.
    The other possibility is to go to the maker (only if they are designers clothes and not older than two collections) and buy buttons. My mother used to do it and she replaced many YSL, Balenciaga, Dior, Hermès and Chanel buttons over the years.

      1. Indeed! However I was really surprised to learn that most buttons are manufactured in the same factories (mostly in China) and they just add a logo on them. Also I find it utterly hilarious when some people put buttons with brand names on clothes that are not of that brand. You can spot them miles away as the cut, fabric and design don’t correspond to anything the brand makes and it is just ridiculous. I think it is as bad as wearing fake clothes or accessories.

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