Double-breasted suits went through various different stages in its long and relatively classy life.
It follows best Italian fashion trends of late, but let's not forget that it was originally designed in the late 19th century in England.
This is also when it had its greatest triumphs which were in the 20's and 30's.
In the Western world, nowadays they become a status of being fashion conscious and display a lot of fashion awareness to the rest of the public.
Events like a recent movie Kingsman played a big part in strengthening its image (by the way Colin Firth is getting better and better every time I see him).
But it is not only blockbusters movie production that can bring the value of double breasted suit back, it is also the high street stores enabling the magic power of a double breasted jacket to introduce itself to a wider audience.
Shop like Zara, Topman, Asos, Debenhams, House of Frazer is all offering a range of double breasted jacket or suit.
jacket or suit.
There is something special about that kind of suit I must admit.
Especially if you combine the power of a jacket with a pair of dark or light chinos.
If you are not a big fan of chinos with double breasted, I would opt for combining the double breasted jacket with narrower, slim fit trousers of any sort.
Take it more into the informal direction if you can.
Pair that with trousers that have got cuffs flipped.
Not too much should be visible.
I advise reading some blogs or listen to some video, like the one that guys from suitsupply did.
The Jacket should be fitted as much as possible.
It is even more vital to have it clinging onto the body that any other type of jacket would have had.
Also, it is important to keep your shirt sleeve showing the correct length.
I did the video below, wearing one of mine double breasted suit jackets.
it is also a suitsupply.com money saving hack, that allows you to buy it slightly cheaper than the original price in your country.
It is an interesting listen and one of the most watched videos on our youtube channel.
Types of double breasted jacket.
In terms of types of double breasted suit, you have got few options - 2x6 and 2x4 being the most commonly used.
What does that mean?
Well, in the 2x6 case you have got 6 buttons and you always...always have to button 2 of them.
As a matter of fact, the should never be worn unbuttoned.
You make look as silly doing so, as buttoning both buttons on 'normal' suit jacket whilst sat down.
Message to take home - don't do it.
Same goes for 2x4 where you have got 4 buttons in total but you are only button two - the inner and the outer one.
The left side of your suit jacket will be especially exposed so you need to make sure that it is finished off nicely and there are no creases on it.
Usually, this kind of double breasted jacket will have a double vent at the back, forming a very nice shape at the back.
There is a bit of argument in the fashion world whether the jacket should be unbuttoned when sat down, but I guess it comes down to personal preference.
I like my jacket to be unbuttoned when I sat down but I am making sure that as soon as I get up I do my two buttons.
It is easy - it is quick.
All the principles in terms of suit jacket length and jacket sleeves are still valid the same way as they were once wearing a normal jacket.
You would like to show about 2 cm of your shirt out from your jacket sleeves. It is valid at this stage to point out that guy are generally not paying that much attention to jacket sleeve length, but it creates an assumption that you don't care about the way you look.
It is valid at this stage to point out that guy are generally not paying that much attention to jacket sleeve length, but it creates an assumption that you don't care about the way you look.
I also did a short video on where the sleeve of your shirt should be when wearing a jacket.
The final word on double breasted suit.
There are not that many places that make the great double breasted suit, so if you find one - stick to it, buy from them and support the manufacturer.
Cause if they don't sell enough they may close that line and start producing something that is safe and 'will do'!
The only other thing that is worth mentioning here is that double breasted jacket makes you more handsome without you making any additional effort.
They have something unbelievable about them.
Double breasted may become my preferred choice.
Of course, they are not for everyone.
If you do not want to stand out or get compliments - don't buy a double breasted suit.
It just makes you look that much classier and dapper.
So go and find one now.
Type in 'double breasted suit' on google and let the magic happen!
I kind of hope that I will be able to participate in the best trade show in Europe as a Fashion Blogger called Pitti Uomo - (http://www.pittimmagine.com) where I could meet manufacturers and other fashion bloggers to tell you al about double breasted suit right from the horse's mouth.
Next one is in January 2017!