Having both the ability to emphasise the classic silhouette of a male, with broad shoulders and a narrow waist, and the potential for multiple buttons and fastenings, the double-breasted style has been popular with royals and celebrities alike.
It all began at the end of the 19th Century, when the Victorian frock coat was shortened to create the double-breasted jacket. However, it was in the 1980s where the double-breasted suit really entered the fashion scene. As it hasn’t always had the best reputation, designers have been restyling the fit of the double-breasted jacket for the new generation. Simplifying the cut to make the jacket feel younger and fresher, it is taken away from the more bulky styles of the past.
In the fashion world, men’s style insiders all agree that no other style of suit makes a man look better. “They create a great V shape for the wearer, which in turn makes him look much slimmer and statuesque,” says Bill Downs, head sales associate at Wilkes Bashford in San Francisco. Jeremy Langmead, editor-in-chief of Mr. Porter, says the return of the double-breasted look is part of a bigger revival of eighties classics.
With a few minor tweaks, the double-breasted jacket has made its way back. It’s definitely leaner but just as masculine. So, why not branch out to the DB side in 2014? Here are some style snaps to give you a little inspiration.