What is this button on the back of the collar for?
February 9, 2012 3:26 PM Subscribe
I recently bought a new wool coat and upon examining at home, I found a small (~1/4"-diameter) button on the outside, under the collar, dead-center at the nape of the neck. What is this for?
posted by Fortran to clothing, beauty, & fashion (9 answers total)
To add more to my quite trivial question, this wool coat (by Dockers, if it matters) did come with that "free scarf" most wool coats come with nowadays, so my first thought was it was a place to "attach" the scarf. You'd button the scarf in, fold down the collar and have a way to keep the scarf on the coat even when you hang it up. But, I examined the scarf carefully, stretching, feeling it and there is no button hole, no slit, no place where the button could pass through. There isn't even a tiny hole in the scarf that I can see.
That shot down my other theory that maybe the scarf was permanently attached to the coat by sewing a button through the scarf and into the coat. But if the scarf was then forcibly removed, I could see either a hole made in the scarf or the button being torn off, but neither seems to have happened.
So, can any fashion plates out there help me? Am I supposed to cut a slit in the scarf myself to use this button? Go to a tailor and have a buttonhole sewn in? Or is the button just "one of those things" that wool coats have? It's my first one, so I wouldn't have known about this before.