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Double Breasted Suits

HOW TO FIND SLIM FIT DOUBLE BREASTED SUIT THAT FITS YOU WELL

 

There is nothing better than a good suit which you can wear at a formal occasion. No one would argue with that as that is a fundamental principle everyone adheres to. Now that we all agree on that, we have to decide which one to go with as there are two types of it. One is the single-breasted one which we all know and are often seen on formal occasions. The second one is the slim fit double breasted suit, which has an old classical look and feels to it and isn’t that much popular as the first one. We have all heard about it and have often witnessed it in its glory as well. There are few minute differences between the two which include the former having a huge overlap of the front flaps, it having two columns of buttons as opposed to one, having a peaked lapel over notch lapel, to name a few. Through these variances will you be able to tell which is which.

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Talking about the history of these beauties; they were the talk of the town back in the 30s to the 50s and then again in the 90s. People from every walk of life used to wear it from those at casual settings to proper formal meetings, weddings, etc. But it was more normal to wear it on formal occasion as people associated suits with formality as they do in this age and era as well. These great outfits are now again making a comeback as we see young people wearing it quite more often. Although they might not be as famous in the US, as they are in the UK, but the double breasted suit for sale are becoming the latest ‘in’ thing as people are trying it out for formal and informal occasions. This is why we have this useful guide to give you the key to the perfect way to wear a these by talking about some of the most important factors in it such as how to find a good piece, how it should fit you, and when is the best time to wear it. Read on and let the amaze for these work of arts take over you.

FINDING A GOOD DOUBLE-BREASTED SUIT

If you are shopping to buy such a piece that will last you a long time, then you better keep few important things in mind. These are paramount in finding such a piece which is flawless.

SHOULD HAVE PEAK LAPELS

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These are one of the factors that define it. The peak lapels are those lapels whose corners point upwards. Only a talented tailor would have the ability to cut and execute these correctly. This shows how much an importance lies in the lapels. These add up to the ‘formal’ setting of this item and give it the noticeable difference over the single-breasted ones which have notch lapels. Notch lapels are less structured and they ‘might’ be available on double breasted mens suits but the old classical look won’t be complete unless you go for the ones which we were discussing which are the ‘peak lapels.'

LEAN TOWARDS A 6-BUTTON JACKET

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One of the distinguishing factors of these, as discussed before, is that they have two columns of buttons. However, that is not all as the number of buttons on them also varies. You have buttons ranging from four to eight, and sometimes those who even go beyond this range. The more the front lapels cross over each other, the higher the number of buttons there will be. The ideal and optimal number are six, as that is the growing trend; they do not look ridiculous like the other number of buttons, and that is what will give you the right fit. Talking about which button to button up; usually, the bottom one is left unbuttoned while the middle one is the only one which is done.

THE CLOTH QUALITY

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It is an understood fact that the quality of the pinstripe suit also has to be up there to give you the ‘elegant’ feel. The best fabric out there is, without a doubt, Cashmere, which doesn’t get wrinkled easily, nor does it retain heat like polyester. It also does not have the crazy shine of silk which is good as most men try to avoid that. 100% wool would be the way to go. Other than these three factors, you also have to keep in mind another important element which we will discuss now.

HOW IT SHOULD FIT

Now we come towards the factor which is probably the most important of them all. I mean, think about it yourself, if you are wearing a slouchy and loose suit; would that be more attractive than a slim fitting one that sits faultlessly on you. Without a doubt, the latter would be your answer. The trick here is that most of us are buying them from somewhere where the fitting is done for the average customer, so it doesn’t take a brainer to know that it won’t be fitting everyone as well as it would fit a few others. What you need to do is get such a suit which perfectly mimics your body shape as much as possible and then the last few tinkering can be done via a tailor. To find a one who sits on you well, you have to take these things into consideration.

SHOULDERS

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No one would argue that the shoulders of the skinny suit should be on the top of your list. If the shoulder parts work well and are fitting you impeccably then everything else sort of falls into place by themselves. The thing that you have to keep in mind here is that the shoulder seam should be sitting exactly where your arm begins, and your shoulder ends. It should not be hanging out; otherwise, it will destroy the entire image. Shoulders are the most challenging and expensive things to correct after the purchase, so it is better to avoid slouchy shoulders altogether.

THE SEAT

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The pant should have a good fit around the seat area without pulling too tightly or it being too loose. Although many people avoid looking at this factor, this is as much important as the others which we are and will discuss. The seat should have a smooth drape enabling the rest of the pants to look fitting on you. When buying the suits, err on the side of a loose seat rather than a tight one as you can adjust the loose one later on while the tight one would be hard to fit by a tailor.

THE JACKET

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Look at the picture above and figure out what makes the linen suit look so good. It is the way the jacket fits the model which shows us that the jacket is the most noticeable factor in the entire outfit. The way it should fit you is that after buttoning up the middle one the jacket shouldn’t stretch too much. There should be no stress on the button. On the contrary, the jacket shouldn’t also be too loose where the front lapels hang out of your body like a trench coat. The jacket should rest well on your body and be wrinkle free. However, a few wrinkles are no problem as evident from the picture above, as long as it fits you well enough.

JACKET LENGTH

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The double breasted mens suits have always been known for being longer than its counterparts. However, slowly as they are making a comeback, people realize that the more extended versions do not look good and are adopting for versions which are small but still longer than the single breasted ones. The reasons for this increased size are obvious; it is to make up for the space consumed by the big lapel and the buttons. The ideal length of the jacket is that it should be ending in-between the middle and the ending of the zipper in your pant while on the backside it should fall flat on your hips. Not more and not less.

THE SLEEVES

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Although not as significant as the other factors discussed, the sleeves are worth a mention as well. You would have a feeling that a sleeve with seams would be perfect as that implies that the jacket is a good fit. You would be wrong in thinking that because twisted and wrinkly sleeves, just like the front of the jacket, are something that we would discourage. They do not look good. Period. Smooth shoulders are the way to go in this day and age as we have shown in the picture above.

COLLAR OF THE JACKET

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The collar of the jacket does not get much time dedicated to it by guides which most of the time they avoid it all together. Just like how we have been saying that the jacket and the other parts should be ‘resting’ well on you, the same is the case with the collar which should lay stationary on the shirt you are wearing on the inside. It shouldn’t be standing away from it giving it the impression of such a jacket which still has the hanger inside of it. A too tight collar will also look bad as the back of your jacket would look out of place. Get it done right to avoid the hassles of a tailor.

LENGTH OF THE SLEEVES

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We talked about how the sleeves should be a few pages back; now we speak of the length of the sleeves. Go with the traditional ‘half an inch’ rule when judging the optimal length. According to this rule, half an inch of the shirt which you are wearing underneath should be showing. Anything more or less than that is not only ‘discouraged’ but also goes against the fundamental laws of suits, so you might as well go for another outfit.

THE TROUSER BREAK

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As its name suggests, the trouser breaks are those wrinkles that occur when your shoe ‘breaks the fall’ of your trousers. This, other than the seat, is what determines if the pants are a good fit on you or not. The way these should be is that the trousers should be just touching the shoes. Anything more than that would wrinkle up the trouser which we wouldn’t want now, would we? Anything less than that will be showing your socks even when standing up which everyone knows is not the way to go.

WHEN SHOULD YOU WEAR IT

The slim fit double breasted suit have always been known for being longer than its counterparts. However, slowly as they are making a comeback, people realize that the more extended versions do not look good and are adopting for versions which are small but still longer than the single breasted ones. The reasons for this increased size are obvious; it is to make up for the space consumed by the big lapel and the buttons. The ideal length of the jacket is that it should be ending in-between the middle and the ending of the zipper in your pant while on the backside it should fall flat on your hips. Not more and not less.

FORMAL SETTINGS

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These are the occasions where the double-breasted suit would be the best to show off. You can wear it in your office, or to any conference you are attending, or a marriage that you will be going to. It is better in all of these and more as it is much more formal than the single-breasted ones. However, we would not recommend wearing this for an interview, and we also do not recommend wearing it to the office if you are not the kind of guy who daily shows off with new and exciting outfits. This beauty of an outfit talks significantly about the wearer as a person who is not afraid of innovation and going against the crowd.

CASUAL SETTINGS

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I might have already stated it a hundred times in this guide already how these are made for formal occasions. But, these are more than perfect to wear on casual occasions as well. Going to a bar? Going to a dinner with friends? Going for a casual drive? The double breasted suitS fits all of these settings perfectly. The trick here is that you shouldn’t buy the serious formal ones which are available everywhere; buy one which has a casual ring to it just like in the picture above. Another thing which the image is showing that it is not necessary that the jacket and the pant be matching in color. They can be different as long as they match up with each other in a right way.