Why are shirt buttons on the side they're on?
June 25, 2005
Lately, I've lost sleep over wondering why shirt buttons are on the right side for men and on the left side for women.
Who decided this and how did all the clothes makers agree on this? Companies never agree on anything. Did they used to be on the same side before some guy got laughed at for wearing female clothing? Is there some ergonomic reasoning behind it- like only one gender was dressed by helpers while the other gender was left to dress themselves? Was there a time in history where the only way you could tell the difference between a man and a woman was the side their buttons were on?
I need answers.