The menswear classic is back – here’s how to do it in 2019.
SPOTLIGHT ON: THE DOUBLE BREASTED SUIT
IT’S BACK AND BETTER THAN EVER
Forget the 80s’ boxy shapes or the baggy styles of gangster films, today’s double-breasted suits are carefully constructed with neater cuts, softer shoulders and a lightweight feel for a modern take on power dressing.
Who says double-breasted has to mean formal? We’ve updated the menswear stalwart in interesting tones, like the slim fit copper, and added a bit of stretch for a more comfortable fit that’ll make a powerful addition to smart-casual set-ups (especially if you throw a rollneck into the mix).
Alternatively, show you know your tailoring references and take on a double-breasted suit made from a fine cord fabric – traditionally the garb of choice for power-play in the City, this one’s brought up to date with a slim fit and an on-trend red colour.
If you want to add a bit of interest to your DB, choose a patterned fabric that’s subtle and elegant but still makes a statement. Our navy black check is cut to a slim fit which sits snug across the shoulders and arms, sharpening the silhouette and making it a great contender for work or formal events.
Of course, the double-breasted suit will really come into its own in more formal workplaces. Our light grey flannel sticks to the classic peak lapel which, along with our tailored fit, creates a flattering V-shape that slims your middle and broadens your chest and shoulders.
True traditional DBs have up to eight buttons, but we’ve kept ours to a respectable six to nod to the suit’s heritage but ultimately keep things contemporary. Although you can wear your double-breasted jacket undone, it’s designed to be worn buttoned up, like on our tailored sage green suit. The vertical lines of the buttons actually have a slimming effect too – just remember not to fasten the outer bottom button.