Living A Double Life

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. 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.

Double Breasted Guidelines

But before you go wild and purchase the first DB you see, there are some rules to follow:

  1. Peak out – A doubled-breasted jacket is a larger than life piece so the details should follow suit. Make sure that the lapels are peak lapels, rather than notched, so you maintain the presence of the DB. While you’re at it, make sure it is a wide peak lapel, as it helps to maintain a strong chest and shoulders in a jacket that inherently has more material.
  2. Know your tailor – it is imperative that it fits you, particularly at the waist. You want a strong wide shoulder that tapers around your waist, hugging your body. Otherwise, you will drown in the DB’s excess material. If you haven’t had it custom made, you will want to take it to your tailor in order to get the perfect fit you need to pull it off effectively.
  3. Hit for six – always wear a six button jacket, unless you’re a shorter gentleman. In which case, a four button may suit your body type and make you look more proportioned.
  4. Cut it out – the length of a DB jacket should be shorter than a standard suit jacket or blazer. You should be able to see your crotch when wearing it.
Modern Lookbook Inspiration

Men's Spring/Summer Double-Breasted Tailoring Lookbook

lbm 1911 ss13Luigi Bianchi Mantova ss13he by mango ss14tommy hilfiger tailored ss14m&s best of british ss14gant ss14Gieves & Hawkes ss14ovadia & sons ss13ovadia & sons ss13BOHEMIAN ss14drykorn ss13customellow ss14

So there you have it, reasons why a double breasted suit jacket should be your next investment in your ever-growing wardrobe.