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Double breasted suit question

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Thread Starter 
I saw a beautiful dbl-breasted, 6 on 2, navy pinstriped Canali with peaked lapels this weekend. I would have purchased it but what gave me pause were the peaked lapels and the 6 on 2. They seem like details that are in now, but might look out of place in 5 years. Is this a classic suit that's likely to look stylish for years? Or would it be more of a hot this season kind of look?
post #2 of 5
I do wonder why you presume peaked lapels on a double-breasted suit to be fashionable. Peaked (or DB lapels as they are called in England) is the normal lapel for a DB suit, just as notched (or SB) lapels belong to the single-breasted suit. When you swap those lapels, you enter the dangerous terrain of the very fashionable. A classic DB suit has DB lapels and is more likely to be closed on two buttons (with six buttons showing). Two-button or single-button closure are both classic, just as two or three buttons for SB suits. At any point in time one or the other style is in the ascendancy. DB with single-button closure was very popular from the 80s on, because combined with exaggerated shoulders the long line of the lapels makes a more athletic look. (Armani had suits that buttoned miles below the waist, somewhere near the crotch.) A two-button DB suit, because the lapels are shorter and the shoulders are likely to be cut narrower, looks neat and dapper, dressier, maybe even more nerdish. But it is a classic look just the same. If you like the suit, if it suits you, get it. Then wear glasses and you might look like Cary Grant.
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Thanks Bengal-Stripe. Cary Grant is certainly a guy to pattern one's self after. One of my favorite things to do is to watch the AMC channel just to see Grant movies to see how he dressed.
post #4 of 5
buy the suit, BUY THE SUIT.. i think canali suits are great, and even have edge stitching on the lapels. if you are lucky, the suit will even have double vents in the back, making for less wrinkles in the suit when you sit down, and which even make putting your hand in your pocket seem elegant. as for the 6 on 2, i think this is the ONLY choice for a double breasted suit. of course, it is more comfortable, and stylish, to button only the top button when worn; also, the jacket doesn't fall open when sitting down. with a higher button stance, it is more slimming, you can pop the necktie up a little bit, etc. etc. as for longevity of the style, as someone already mentioned, Cary Grant (and my personal favorite, Nick Charles) wore them in the 30's and 40's, and they have never disappeared from the really GOOD tailors in italy and NYC, not to mention Savile Row....
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Dammit Fox, now I gotta go drop $800 because of you (VBG). I guess my daughter's nursery school tuition will have to wait (DWS, of course).
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