Originally Posted by SilverSurfer
...For example, it seems as though a good number of posters here wear double breasted suits. I was shocked to read this, as they are almost universally condemned...
I wish some of you guys were around in the mid to late 60's and early 70's. The smart-looking man then had what was almost a uniform. A double-breasted blue blazer, gray slacks, a white shirt, and a regimental tie. The so called "mod" look was really not the hallmark of those years like so many have made out.
The DB fell by the wayside because men got FAT, fat, and fatter. A DB will not look good on someone with a negative drop. Which most men in the US have today.
To combat this, later on designers went from a 6-button DB to a 4-button DB. They also lowered the 4-button array, so that it descended well below the waist line. Incidentally, pleated pants came about as a result of increased fatness, and decreased fitness.
We fat guys, started wearing our SB open as our girths increased. An open DB looks ridiculous, hence another reason for the demise.
The classy 6-button DB was always worn closed. I would estimate that one needed a drop of at least 6 to look good in it. Women would swoon over the wearers because it showed the athletic profile of the wearer.