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Do double-breasted jackets really accentuate hips?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Svenn, May 19, 2016.

  1. Svenn

    Svenn Senior member

    Oct 15, 2008
    It seems to be a common warning that DBs enlarge and draw attention to the hips, and men who don't want that area accentuated should avoid them.

    I wonder though if the DB really does do that any more than the single-breasted. It could simply be due to the fact that DB are often poorly-tailored and not cut slim enough around the hips; or that men are wearing belts, pant pockets that bulge, or simply putting too much junk in their jacket pockets. The background 'silhouette' of the SB or the DB it seems are the same; there's no reason for the DB to be wider or flare more around the hips.

    It could also be that DBs simply make narrow shoulders more obvious because the silhouette is emphasized more than in SBs, rather than the fact that DBs highlight hips in isolation.

  2. Mute

    Mute Senior member

    Dec 10, 2004
    Go easy on the waist suppression and I think it will be fine.
  3. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

    Mar 8, 2002
    Moscow, Idaho
    Nonsense. As with many things, it has to do with a good fitter and cutter.

    Check out an old Winston Churchill, not a man known for his physique even in younger days:


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