5 Of The Best Double Breasted Blazers

Where to buy and how to wear the new last word in tailoring

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For many years, double-breasted tailoring was the preserve of the corpulent and the unfeasibly rich. Perhaps they saw all the extra fabric as signifying their wealth, or perhaps the shrouding nature of a properly tailored, double-breasted jacket would conceal their stomachs.

Either way, over the past few seasons, double-breasted tailoring has worked its way back into contemporary style. For A/W ’14, Kim Jones at Louis Vuitton layered perfectly tailored, double-breasted jackets beneath parkas and voluminous overcoats, Brunello Cucinelli cut his slim and waist-enhancing, while Jason Basmajian at Gieves & Hawkes turned double-breasted tailoring into an art form.

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A great cut if you’re tall and slim, a double-breasted jacket will enhance the best bits of your physique, affording you a waist, a bum and broader shoulders. The key to making it work? Always ensure your jacket is perfectly tailored – anything baggy around the middle will make you look like an Eighties Tory politician. Here are five of this season’s best double-breasted blazers, and what to wear with them.

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1 | Pinstripe 

 

Once confined to the bad taste archive along with red braces and contrast-collar shirts, pinstripe tailoring is back. Championed, over the past few seasons, by designers such as Kris Van Assche at Dior Homme and Kim Jones at Louis Vuitton, this navy wool take on the style from Boss is slim-cut and says you mean business.

£650, by Boss

2 | Tweed

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Pinstripe is for town, tweed is for country; for the latter, try this soft red-brown wool checked tweed jacket from Tiger of Sweden. Wear with indigo denim jeans and brown chelsea boots for a smart, off-duty look.

£449, by Tiger of Sweden

3 | Check 

 

 

A close-cut, double-breasted jacket in superfine wool is a wardrobe perennial. This windowpane check option in dove grey by DKNY features a flash of blue for added depth. Good for bringing out your eyes, too (as long as they’re blue).

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£415, by DKNY

4 | Classic 

 

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Inspired by the nautical blazers worn by naval officers in the first half of the 20th century, this take from Savile Row tailoring house Gieves & Hawkes has been given a slim-cut, contemporary twist. Wear yours with tapered white chinos and tan loafers.

£700, by Gieves & Hawkes

5 | Outer Layer 

 

OK, it’s a double-breasted jacket, but cut from extra thick but super soft wool. This sumptuous offering from Berluti works just as well as a cross-seasonal coat. Pop the collar and wrap a scarf beneath for a chic, Parisian-inspired look. £2,345, by BerlutiOK, it’s a double-breasted jacket, but cut from extra thick but super soft wool. This sumptuous offering from Berluti works just as well as a cross-seasonal coat. Pop the collar and wrap a scarf beneath for a chic, Parisian-inspired look.
 
£2,345, by Berluti
 
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