Right after Jack and I put down our bags in our friends’ guest room Wednesday in the little town of Hart, Germany, my eyes fell on the cache of buttons.
I wish I could see all the clothes these buttons came from.
They had been set aside for me to browse, and I was urged to take anything that caught my fancy.
I wished I had brought more swatches of my stash on this trip. When I laid buttons on fabric I got a much better sense of their potential than I did seeing them on a carpet background.
I favored buttons in multiples but couldn’t resist one big green one that could smartly close a coat all by itself.
This button stands out even against a cool-colored background…
Here are the ones coming home with me.
…but it really looks nice against the colors in this wool…
and colors like the ones in this linen.
This chunky, simple, pumpkin-colored trio deserves pride of place on a fall coat.
Although I won’t be pairing these buttons with this tweed, I can still see how they enhance each other.
No, I’m not putting these together for real. Just some harmless fun.
Art Deco era, don’t you think? Oh how I wish I could see what garment these buttons originally belonged to. A little cleaning, and they should be gracing a 1930s jacket again. An exciting thought.
This houndstooth linen is not the best home for these buttons, but I think I would plan a high-contrast color theme in the garment.
Alas, there are only two of these. What would be a wonderful use for them?
I like this pairing.
I almost left these behind. I love the shape, but the coloring is so cool.
Here’s a swatch of the fabric of my Smart Tailoring, old school “mannish jacket.” The colors in the tweed and the buttons enhance each other so nicely. I’m beginning to see possibilities.
I think I have found something even cuter than a button. How about Eleanor Powell’s dancing partner, Buttons, from 1941’s Lady Be Good?