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Double Breasted Style.

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by whnay., May 29, 2008.

  1. whnay.

    whnay. Well-Known Member

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    We've had way too many threads of late that are a bunch of nonsense [​IMG] . I thought it might make sense to start a thread with some substance, namely in the form of pics.

    Below is a collection of double breasted suit pics that I've collected over the past couple of years. Please free to include any you might have. I've tried my best to include pictures that I've found in places other than the forums. I would be interested in the groups thoughts about them, likes and dislikes? What makes you wear them or stay far away? What is the ideal DB suit?

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  2. marc237

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    Nice premise. I am not sure I like Bernard Kouchner's suit at all. I did enjoy the DB with spectators however.
     
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    I think they look great, very striking. I think people(and magazines) are too quick to label them out of style or"fashion"; they are underappreciated as a suit. I wish I owned one- someday....

    I guess my favorite is the 6x2... I don't like it when the lapel comes gorging down to button ie. the 1st two pics.

    This attached Brooks Brother's Regent fit is one I really like:

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  4. Film Noir Buff

    Film Noir Buff Well-Known Member

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    I love double breasted suits. I only have ten or so. I would make up almost all my suits double breasted but they aren't always practical for what I need them for. I think that in England, although they aren't that popular right now, no one would bat an eye lash at them. In NYC, they tend to represent independent, successful, powerful men, or men that just love clothes. Sometimes, they can be a distraction both for wearer and observer. I find personally, those distractions are not only in business settings. Depending on the styling and cloths you pick, the double breasted can either be precious or very alpha dog.[​IMG]
     
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    I am not sure I like Bernard Kouchner's suit at all.
    That's Luca di Montezemolo, but I do see a similarity.
     
  6. micbain

    micbain Well-Known Member

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    DB are the sh*t...there should be a DB porn thread...

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  7. rnoldh

    rnoldh Well-Known Member

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    Good idea and thread Bill.

    I'm a big fan of TCM movies from the 1930s and 1940s. It is very obvious that DB suits were much more common and in fashion then than now. It even seems like the vast majority of suits were DB then.

    I wonder if a sartorial historian like Sator, FNB, or perhaps Will or Manton would provide an explanation why DB suits were so popular back then. Was it just the vagaries of fashion? Or were there other factors too?

    BTW: I like DB suits but have bought less recently than I used to formerly.

    Here is some classic style:

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  8. Augusto86

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    I like them slim and high-buttoning. I'd probably have to go bespoke to find the right fit for me, as the "younger" stores don't carry them and the older ones are going to be cut fuller. I agree about the perception of wealth and power, but I don't really give a damn - I'd wear one in a heartbeat.

    As to the pictures, I REALLY like the look of the black and white one, the guy flanked by two military fellows. Never seen one look so good open. The Frenchman looks like a clown and the Asian gentleman is just accentuating his dumpiness.
     
  9. LabelKing

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    Is the first one a denim jacket?
     
  10. whnay.

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    Is the first one a denim jacket?

    I have no idea, I would think not.
     
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    Personally, I think double-breasteds look best in two styles. The first is the one like in that maybe-denim jacket--wide lapels and a shaped waist.

    The other type is a slim, more columnar look rather like a nautical jacket with slimmer lapels.
     
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    Personally, I think Prince Michael of Kent's DB are very well balanced.

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  15. Brad

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    What makes you wear them or stay far away? What is the ideal DB suit?

    I don't own that many suits, maybe 20. I would say that half of them are DB. I couldn't really tell you what makes me like them at least as much, if not more, than SB.

    Often times, I hear people say on the forums: Young guys can't wear DB. I can't understand this. I turned 29 yesterday and have worn them for at least 4 years. I feel just as comfortable wearing DB as SB.
     
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    Prince Charles...

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    I prefer the way Prince Michael wears them.

    Cordovan
     
  18. Film Noir Buff

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    Prince Charles... [​IMG]
    Is that the Cali bear on his tie?
     
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    Is that the Cali bear on his tie?

    It's "Cal". And, yes, that does look like a California Golden Bear.
     
  20. Joseph K. Bank

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    This attached Brooks Brother's Regent fit is one I really like:

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    Since I don't feel that double breasted suits are appropriate for business environments it's probably better that I don't comment but I cannot help to note that the shortness of this man's sleeves brings attention to his hands which seem to be out of proportion which the rest of his body.
     

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