One thing I like about being on this style journey is you get to try different things. When you're are starting out your body is like a blank canvas and you're just throwing all sorts of paint colors, and drawing crazy patterns that looks cool at the moment but don't really make sense. But as you go along, you realize what patterns works for you, what colors show your personality, things start to look cohesive and before you know it you'll start to look like your own masterpiece. Maybe not quite the Mona Lisa, but your're getting there. Formal, casual, athleisure, smart casual, you will naturally gravitate to one way of style and that will become your uniform and create consistency in your style. You'll be known as that ________ guy. For me, there is one piece of clothing that I just absolutely love and as a fit man it just compliments my physique. Some people hate it, some people love it, but there is no debate here, I love all things Double Breasted.
The Perfect Pair: Fit Men and Double Breasted?
The double breasted suit has its origins, like most of menswear today in the military. Even today, the dress blues of service men and women across the world has the cut of a DB. It was originally called the reefer jacket by sailors because it was a thick overcoat the overlapped and kept them warm while they were out in harsh conditions "reefing" the sails. From the 1920s to the 1980s, it became very popular in menswear especially among bankers, mobsters and of course, The Duke of Windsor. Power. Sophistication. Class. These are just a few words that come to mind when you describe the DB.
Why is it a good fit for fit men? When it overlaps, primarily held by the anchor button, it creates a nice streamline from your torso to your shoulders giving you a nice silhouette. The constricting nature of it even has the effect of hiding a bit of gut you may have. Secondly, the peak lapels on the DB accentuates your shoulders and balances your face.
Different Styles of Double Breasted
Double Breasted are known most noticeably by their buttons. The DB style is identified by how many buttons are on the outside by how many can be fasten. So 8 buttons can be seen and 3 fasten will be known as a 8 x 3 Double Breasted.
4 x 2 DB
8 x 3 DB
6 x 2 DB
6 x 1 DB
2 x 1 DB
I have claimed the moniker "Mr Double Breasted" because of my love and collection (and still counting) of DBs. It is not a fad. It is a classic menswear piece that has stood test of time and will continue to do so. A very easy way to separate yourself from the crowd because alot of men don't own one let alone wear it. Hey, more for me.