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A DEBATE OVER THE ZIPPER AND THE BUTTON FLY FASTENING - WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE?

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The Button Fly

Now I know what you are thinking, a fly barely qualifies to being a fashion essential. But they are critical fasteners (excuse the pun) when it comes to your hold on trousers. 

I have always favored the button fly, although I never gave the reason behind it any thought. I guess it always appealed to me because my signature style is usually retro and I love how this piece of history rides, well, on my crotch. 

The argument people tend to make is that zippers are a lot more convenient. Button Flies are quick, easy to use and do not add weight to your fly area. They have been in existence since the 1800s and in all fairness they are stronger than zippers. They do not come undone even if your pants are tight, they allow for decent amount of stretch when you sit down and do not bite your privates when you close them in a hurry. 

Moreover, if your zipper develops a flaw (like losing a tooth) you are in a fix. You could risk a potential lawsuit for indecent exposure at the work place. No such stuff with your button fly. If you care about the environment, you will be glad to hear that button flies require less refined metal to make, less energy to manufacture and less time and energy to stitch into your pants. 

I also read somewhere that the only woman to perform a circumcision in the Bible was called Zipporah. That has got to be some kind of coincidence then. So go on and enjoy a bit of that history just by putting on your pants!

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