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Women are just discovering why their shirt buttons are on a different side than men – and it blows their minds

HAVE you ever wondered why men’s and women’s fashion are only slightly different?

Women are just discovering why their shirt buttons are on a different side than men, and it blows some people away.

Which side is easier to attach the buttons to?

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Which side is easier to attach the buttons to?Photo credit: Getty

The reasons for the differences go back centuries when men struggled and women were expected to stay home to raise children.

One Quora thread says that men’s shirts button on the right side to make dueling easier and quicker to get to their gun because: “It was more convenient and faster to use the left hand to unbutton.”

Most men held their swords in their right hands, so they had to quickly undo their shirts to duel and protect themselves.

Why women’s shirts button inside out is probably because of babies.

Women tend to hold their infants in the left arm so the right hand can do other things, another reason why the right arm is often dominant in most people.

Women’s shirts were designed to be opened or closed with the only free hand – the right hand.

So they were buttoned on the left to make breastfeeding easier.

Another theory is that horseback riding determined where the buttons on women’s shirts are placed.

Because of the wearing of long, heavy skirts, dresses, and underwear, as well as “proper etiquette,” women were expected to ride sidesaddle, with both legs on the right side of the horse.

The buttons on the left side prevented the wind from penetrating the shirt while riding.

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Some believe the difference in button placement began during the rise of emancipation, when women began wearing trousers and other styles borrowed from men in place of their restrictive corsets and girdles.

Button makers place them on the wrong side of women’s clothing as a convenient means of distinguishing between men’s and women’s clothing, as the cut in the fabric is also different.

An unusual theory from The Atlantic dates back to the time when French military and political leader Napoleon Bonaparte was fed up with being bullied by women for his pose.

Napoleon liked to stick his hand between the buttons of his shirt and women would tease him by mimicking his pose themselves.

Some say Napoleon could have ordered women’s shirts to be buttoned on the opposite side of men’s shirts to stop bullying.

Melanie M. Moore, founder of women’s blouse brand Elizabeth & Clarke, told Today about modern clothing: “When buttons were invented in the 13th century, like most new technologies, they were very expensive.”

“In those days, wealthy women did not dress themselves, but their maids.

“Since most people were right-handed, it was easier for someone standing across from you to button your dress.”

Ultimately, it comes down to tradition when people had staff to put them on, as Alex Fisher wrote on Quora: “The buttons and clasps were arranged to make it easier to button and fasten the garments, which required that the fasteners on men’s clothing were located on the right side, while a women’s dresser required them to be on the opposite side.”

Many people were shocked by the revelation, with one woman saying on Twitter: “I was blind to the world.”

Another said: “I learned something new today.”

Men's shirts button on the right - possibly for quicker access to their gun

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Men’s shirts button on the right – possibly for quicker access to their gunPhoto credit: Getty
Napoleon may have been so upset with my female imitators that he had their shirts permanently altered

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Napoleon may have been so upset with my female imitators that he had their shirts permanently alteredPhoto credit: Getty

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Jessica MacLeish

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