We can all look at two otherwise identical garments & tell one is made for a woman, the other a man. Women's blouses, shirts & coats button "left handed"...or do they? Buttons were invented in the 13th century, according to today.com. Being a new innovation, they were expensive at the time. Affluent ladies of the day didn't dress themselves. They were dressed by servants. Since most people are right handed, the buttons were positioned so a person facing the individual could easily button the garment. Why, then, are men's garments buttoned from the right? The most widely held belief traces that to military history. Military coats buttoned on the right to allow quick access to a weapon.If you're left handed, as am I, you're probably rolling your eyes by now.

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