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wearing a Double Breasted sportcoat

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
I was thinking of getting a 4x2 or 6x2 double breasted sportcoat in either gray or navy but I am not really sure how to wear it. I usually wear my sportcoats with dark jeans but can I do the same with a double breasted sportcoat?

Also, with a double breasted sportcoat, do I always have to wear a tie?
post #2 of 9
You can wear it without a tie and with jeans if you want I guess, it'll certainly be different than the norm. I've seen a couple of gents wear a DB suit without a tie before, and I'm pretty sure you could pull it off too.
post #3 of 9
db sportcoat with jeans looks a bit odd....id stick with SB

The latter is too much of a clash between formal and casual

MrR
post #4 of 9
Manton's book says DB sportcoats are not allowed. Sportcoats are relatively low-formal while DB is relatively high-formal. It's against "the rules" except on navy blazers and maybe linen.

I just read that part tonight.
post #5 of 9
I agree with what Manton wrote.
post #6 of 9
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Originally Posted by Jolly Green
Manton's book says DB sportcoats are not allowed. Sportcoats are relatively low-formal while DB is relatively high-formal. It's against "the rules" except on navy blazers and maybe linen.

I just read that part tonight.

Though today DB is seen as formal by many people, DB is actually less formal than SB.

Usually, additional details on a jacket, such as more buttons, make the jacket less formal.
post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 
I've seen a gray glen plaid DB sportcoat from RLPL that was breathtaking. I agree that wearing it with jeans would be too much of a clash but I disagree with the point that a double breasted sport coat shouldn't be worn at all.
post #8 of 9
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Originally Posted by VersaceMan
Though today DB is seen as formal by many people, DB is actually less formal than SB.

Usually, additional details on a jacket, such as more buttons, make the jacket less formal.

DB is not cateogircally more informal than SB. While a 1 button SB peak lapel with jetted pockets (especially with a matching waistcoat) could be considered more formal than a 6x2 DB (peak lapel, of course), a 3 roll 2 SB notch lapel with hacking pockets is not. The devil, as they say, is in the details.
post #9 of 9
True style uses the rules, not the other way around. If you are attracted to a double-breasted sportscoat, then try it with jeans and see how it works. Be a leader and not always a follower.
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