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Why do men’s and women’s clothes button on the opposite side?

Every wonder why men’s clothes button on one side and women’s on the other?

And why is it changing? In the last couple of decades, women’s pants, especially, are buttoning on the same side as men’s.

I found out why.

Years ago, women wore corsets. They needed someone to pull the corset ties tight in the back to get the small waist they wanted. Women had a servant to help them dress. So when it came to buttoning up, the servant did it for them. That’s why the buttons were put on the other side of the garment.

Nowadays, most women dress themselves. Because most people are right-handed, it is easier to manipulate the button into and out of the buttonhole with the right hand. That’s why things are changing. Women, out of necessity, have become very good at doing up buttons regardless of which side they are on.

These days, the way it should be (IMHO) is that baby’s and small children’s clothes should be made for a “servant” (aka Mother) to button for them and adults clothes should be the opposite way so the person can easily dress themselves.

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