It seems odd calling the double breasted suit a “trend” when it’s been around since before I was born. Most people think it’s a look favoured by wealthy men – raised on the best British tailoring – who might, frankly, be more invested in tradition for the sake of tradition than they are in style. You probably think of someone like Prince Philip (actually, I wrote about his preference for this particular style double breasted suit. Incongruous or not, I’m still going to call it one. Young dressers, for as long as I can remember, have hardly registered the double breasted blazer on their radar – let alone championed it. I think they believe it smacks of that oppressive British class system whose fortunate disintegration they consider themselves to be a product of. In other words, it’s fair to say that any rise in the double breasted suit’s popularity today can be called a “trend.” Only recently has it started to appear in more “on trend” circles, usually paired with a slim fit cut to balance the perceived “old world” aesthetic. Check out Douglas Booth’s double breasted electric blue suit below (at the premiere of Noah) for an example of the kind of suit that’s “happening” right now.
This has very little to do with “real world” double breasted suits, but I have to mention another example of the style, which I noticed recently in the Mad Men season 7 trailer (below). Matched with some plaid trousers and a brown pocket square, this double breasted blazer couldn’t really look more dignified. If you’re interested in jumping on the double breasted wagon, click on “Get the Look” for a dark green–grey suit with a velvet contrast collar and a ticket pocket. Pretty classy, if you ask me.