Not an uncommon sight in James Bond or mafia movies, this type of jacket is one that flatters any man on any occasion - even today. We thought double-breasted blazers were dead and buried at the beginning of the 2000’s. Once again, fashion proves its endless cycle with a strong comeback of this timeless manly piece.
What is a double-breasted blazer ?
Double-breasted blazers emerged around the 18th and 19th century. Embodying confidence and stature, this originally casualwear item is a jacket with wide overlapping front laps. Two symmetrical rows of buttons are sewn on the front, some of which functional while some are decorative only. A descendant of frock coats and military uniforms, double-breasted blazers were popular from the 1930’s to the 1950’s and from the 1980’s to the early 2000’s.
The double-breasted blazer, once deemed inappropriate office clothing, is the best friend of all style-seeking men and is an item of clothing every man should own. The now timeless item offers a broader stature and taller frame. The sophisticated cut of this timeless piece emphasises a V-shape to fit all. Avid fans include Michael Caine and Prince Charles.
How to style a double-breasted blazer ?
Although few of us have been out and about this year, an increasing number of celebrities such as David Beckham and Ryan Gosling have been spotted, sporting double-breasted suits in a number of styles.
The roll neck, paired with the double breast is a viable and relaxed option for evening events. Not as formal as a black tie event and still distinguished enough. Depending on the weather you can play around with layering, utilising scarves, gloves or overcoats to enhance the look.
Conversely, in warmer weather, you can play around with the bottom. An effortlessly stylish, yet bold move would be to style with a linen shirt and short co-ord to really stand out and be the envy of all around you.
To achieve an elegant silhouette, pick a fitted model so as not to give off an 80’s Wall Streeter vibe. Play around with a variety of patterns and cuts. Double-breasted blazers come in all kinds of flattering textures; wool, sateen, linen… Boast a state-of-the-art cut mixing modernism and military style in Alexander McQueen for an increased confident look.
A double-breasted blazer or coat can be worn on any occasion ; smart, casual, business or dressed all the way up for a wedding. The key in coordinating it seamlessly with the rest of the outfit lies in blending the colors properly and selecting the right fit to flatter your body so you look polished everywhere you go.