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Esquire's fashion director, Catherine Hayward, answers your sartorial conundrums. Here she addresses the question of the double-breasted jacket.

Are double-breasted jackets really fashionable again? 

The double-breasted jacket was all over the Autumn/Winter catwalks, most notably at Prada, where they were very short, six-button affairs. Double-breasted can be a difficult shape to pull off as it adds bulk. However, in the new menswear collections the proportions are slim-fitting, shorter - and even work in less formal combinations. US label Band of Outsiders (www.bandofoutsiders.com) takes its inspiration from Jean-Luc Goddard's films from the Sixties. If you're young and slim (which you need to be), its cropped navy double-breasted blazer teamed with ankle length chinos is my favourite casual look this season.

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