The King & Allen Guide to Men’s Double-Breasted Suits
If you’re thinking of ordering a tailored double-breasted suit, make sure you read our expert guide first.
The History of Double-Breasted Suits
Double-breasted suits came into fashion in the mid-1930s: the style emerging from naval reefer jackets. They remained fashionable until the mid-1950s when the single-breasted suit became more popular.
As the ‘60s began to swing, they started to look traditional and old-fashioned and to an extent, that reputation remains to this day. What has changed, however, are people’s attitudes to looking traditional. In a world where “Fashion is something so ugly it has to change every six months”, wearing a more classical style shows class and distinction.
There was a brief resurgence of double breasted jackets in the 1980s. They were cut with wide shoulders from bold, shiny cloth. They soon became a symbol of the look-at-me yuppie, epitomised by Gordon Gekko in the film, “Wall Street.” The style died with the onset of the 1991 recession when such expressions of wealth were seen as vulgar.
Recently, it has enjoyed a resurgence, adopting the best of both eras. They are smart, crisp and distinguished like their vintage forebears, but are cut from lighter, more modern cloth that suits today’s environments and lifestyles.
What is it’s characteristics?
This style of jacket is cut in a very specific way. The key characteristics are the overlapping front flaps and the parallel set of buttons that adorn the front. One set of buttons fastens and one set is decorative but necessary to give the jacket it’s symmetry.