15 Different Types of Buttons for Clothes | Series

Buttons are not only to fix the opening of the clothes, but also an important embellishment for the clothes. There are many different types of buttons, which can match with different fashion clothes. Find the best match-able buttons for your clothing style, making your clothing more attractive.

How many types of buttons are there?

Buttons can be divided into 4 series according to materials, and there are 15 types of commonly used buttons. The following is the most professional button types introduction.
Below are the buttons 4 series from material:

  1. Resin series (polyester buttons, urea buttons, etc.)
  2. Plastic series (ABS buttons, rubber buttons, plastic snap, acrylic buttons, etc.)
  3. Metal series (jeans buttons, rivets, snap buttons, eyelets, metal sewing buttons, etc.)
  4. Natural series (shell buttons, coconut shell buttons, wood buttons, horn buttons, etc.)

All types of clothing buttons can customize any shape and sewing method: square, round, tooth, four-hole, two-hole, etc. You can also customize the brand logo.

Resin buttons vs Plastic buttons

Because of the different production methods, resin buttons are heavier than plastic buttons, and the surface is smoother and more textured. Therefore, the application of resin buttons is also more extensive, and it is very common in casual clothes such as shirts.
Resin buttons are very durable and wear-resistant, but plastic buttons are more tenacity. Therefore, plastic buttons are widely used in snaps.

  • Resin series (polyester buttons, urea buttons, etc.) can choose any color, including white, black, pearlescent, transparent, etc. It can also imitate shell buttons, horn buttons and wooden buttons, etc.
    The shapes and structures of resin buttons are also diverse. And any shape and structure of resin buttons can customize your brand logo.
  • Plastic series (ABS buttons: usually for outerwear, elastic rubber buttons, cheap plastic snaps, Acrylic buttons with diamond luster, etc.)
    ABS button is a kind of plastic material button.
    The ABS buttons can have the same surface as the metal button through electroplating, but it is very light. Therefore, it is not only commonly used in coats, but also in clothing of light fabrics.


Types of metal buttons

Metal buttons can divide into tack buttons, rivets, snaps, eyelets, metal sewing buttons,etc. They are generally used as accessories for jeans, denim jacket, overalls, etc.
The color of the metal buttons is same as the metal labels, you can choose gold, silver, gun metal, rose gold, anti-brass etc.
The metal buttons can customize the brand logo and design a unique shape. If you need to personalize metal buttons, we provide free professional design, including 3D renderings.
In addition to metal buttons, there are many metal accessories, including adjustment buckles, D buckles, cord locks, etc., which can engrave your brand logos.


Natural series (shell buttons, coconut shell buttons, wood buttons, horn buttons, etc.)

  • Shell buttons are made of natural shells and have a unique color.
    To make shell buttons, we need to buy shells and use the inner pearly surface of the shell. The colorful pearl luster texture is its biggest feature, it can make the clothes look very high-end. Shell buttons are popular in suits, dresses, and other high-end clothing.
    There are many types of shells, and different shell buttons have different pearl luster texture.
    Common mother of pearl buttons mainly include white mother of pearl shell buttons, black mother of pearl shell buttons, trocas shell buttons, abalone shell buttons, pinctada martensii buttons, tarot shell buttons, pteria penguin buttons, etc.

types of shell buttons

  • Wood buttons and coconut shell buttons, like shell buttons, have a unique natural color pattern. They are very popular in casual clothes, such as shirts and children’s clothes.
    Wood buttons will swell due to water absorption, and then may crack and deform after drying. Coconut shell buttons are better, and coconut shell buttons are harder than wood buttons.


  • The horn buttons is from the horn of a cow, and it also has a unique texture. Mostly, only very expensive suits and coats will use horn buttons
    The horn buttons are luxurious clothing buttons. Only the solid part of the horn tip is suitable for making a button. 1 M cow horn can only use about 15 cm of the tip.
    Therefore, many brands use resin imitation horn buttons, which are very smooth, uniform in color and regular in texture. And most importantly, it is cheaper.


There are other types of buttons: leather buttons, cloth buttons, etc.

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