By now, I think it’s safe to assume that if you’ve been following the articles I write, you have a pretty respectable wardrobe. You’ve got classic versatile pieces that can be dressed up or down for any occasion. You may even have added a few accessories in along the way. But now you’re sitting in front of your slightly messy wardrobe and wondering where to go from here. What’s the next logical step?
Well, it’s now time to start investing in a few more statement pieces that are similar to what’s come before but with a twist. These could be anything from a chunky knit with a unique pattern, a stand-alone waistcoat or my personal favourite – and the subject of this article – the double breasted suit jacket.
Now it’s no secret that I’m a big fan of tailored clothing. Whether it’s a burgundy suit jacket with peak lapels or a well cut pair of tweed trousers, my heart is always a flutter at the prospect of all the tailoring out there for me to try on. But recently, I’ve been feeling that my collection was lacking something special. That one item that I could put on and rely on to bring the wow factor.
After a rifle through my saved photo’s titled ‘Massive Runway Looks’, I came across the answer – a double breasted (DB) jacket. They’ve been all the rage with designers recently, and Alex did a great job breaking down the trend this week. The DB was just what I had been looking for to raise my tailoring game. It’s a classic formal piece that really stands out from the crowd, whilst still being easy to dress down.
But before you go wild and purchase the first DB you see, there are some rules to follow:
So what can you wear a double breasted jacket with? Well, here are a few ideas…
Why not go with a classic work look? Pair a blue DB jacket with a pair of wool suit trousers, pale blue shirt with a contrast collar and a black tie? Make sure you go for a substantial tie though, none of this skinny nonsense. A slim tie will get lost in the size of the jacket. Finish the look off with some classic black derby shoes.
Create a less formal approach by pairing the jacket with more casual pieces. A pair of camel chinos and some brown penny loafers is a great way to do this. Throw in a flannel plaid shirt or a classic chambray button down for an outfit that is perfect for a few drinks on a Friday night, or – my personal favourite – a plane ride to your holiday destination. Sunglasses optional.
Play around with the idea of smart casual by letting a less formal DB sports coat be your anchor. Go smart up top with some dark jeans, a white oxford cloth shirt and a wool plaid tie. Finish it off with the jacket and a pair of brick desert boots.
Alternatively, you can flip it around and pair a white v-neck t-shirt with navy suit trousers and tan brogues. Don’t forget a tie clip for the tie and a colourful patterned pocket square.
So there you have it, reasons why a double breasted suit jacket should be your next investment in your ever-growing wardrobe.
Until next week,
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