The Guide to Double-Breasted Suits

One of the first style questions we ask our customers when they come in for their bespoke suit is 'double-breasted or single breasted?' While the single-breasted suit is often more popular, for both business and weddings, we are huge fans of the double-breasted suit. Read on to see why we rate this style and how you can make it work for you.





The double-breasted suit has moved in and out of fashion over the decades but it always comes back. With its classically debonair look and versatility in terms of fit, we think it always looks really elegant and sharp. Think classic movie icons such as Steve McQueen, Clark Gable and Katherine Hepburn or look at modern styles such as Dev Patel or Cara Delevingne. The silhouette can be loose for greater freedom of movement or more closely-fitted to enhance your shape. Small style details, such as contrasting buttons can really make the suit stand out.




The double-breasted suit lends itself well to patterns, such as stripes and checks. A pinstripe can look great for a business suit with a twist, while a double-breasted check suit is a fantastic choice for a bold wedding suit. A double-breasted check sports jacket in a heavier tweed can also look great for a more laid-back vibe with a pair of chinos or jeans. 




Be bold


As well as patterns, the double-breasted suit can look really great in a bold hue, while still also looking elegant. Add in some peaked lapels or contrasting trousers for an even more adventurous look or pare it down with a more neutral colour palette for a more classic, vintage aesthetic. 


Try a Waistcoat


If you're not quite ready for the full double-breasted suit, you could always opt for a double-breasted waistcoat, paired with a single-breasted jacket. This can look really unique, especially if you opt for a scoop-neck waistcoat (see above left) or a contrasting pattern to the main suit. The great thing about waistcoats is that you can take off your jacket and still look smart, especially with the trim silhouette that the double-breasted waistcoat provides.

The most important thing to remember when buying a double-breasted suit is to make sure the fit is right. At King & Allen we have years of experience creating beautifully-fitted suits. To find out more, or to book an appointment, please contact us today.

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