Double-breasted suits/blazers have been a personal favourite since I first tried one back in 2012. It was actually a gift from my sister, and it was a navy blue six-buttoned, peak-lapelled blazer and, as I pulled the jacket on and fastened it with a flourish, there was a new pep in my step. A quiet confidence, not only in terms of formality, but also in audacity.
The double-breasted silhouette has enjoyed a full renaissance in the last decade or so, with everyone from Savile Row suit makers, to high-end designers, to smaller tailoring brands dishing out their own renditions of the double-breast blazer; sporty, traditionally formal, even jaunty, but all, in their multiple-buttoned finery, strikingly bold.
A Brief History
Originally a uniform of naval officers, double-breasted suits came to prominence in the 1920s and ‘30s, when gangsters and members of the British royal family donned them in all their glory. But even with its popularity, it took all the suaveness of the Duke of Windsor for the double-breasted suit to be accepted in the workplace and less formal environment.
The double-breasted suit has always been good to have on hand for more formal occasions. The columns of detailed buttons always create a sophisticated exterior, and the wide panels of the suit overlap neatly to fit across one another. Double-breasted suits come in a plethora of styles, colours, and fits, so whether it be a slim fit double-breasted blazer in plaid or in navy, you are in control of the statement you wish to present.
It can also be dressed down and made very casual for date nights, or just a random day out. A polo shirt, roll neck sweater, t-shirt or even wearing nothing underneath, would look great under a double-breasted jacket while still looking smart.
There are no solid rules for the accompanying trousers, but over the years, I’ve found that pleated trousers work best with the jacket shape. Cuffs can also be added to the trouser, to accentuate the suit’s air of old-school elegance.
Double-breasted suits come a plethora of styles, colours, and fits, so whether it be d a slim fit double-breasted blazer in plaid or in navy, you are in control of the statement you wish to present.
Friendly Tip: You should always wear a double-breasted suit while buttoned (the top one, NEVER the bottom). It contributes to the overall polished look that the suit provides.