# Double Breasted jackets/anythings

#### Jiggity

##### Member
I feel naked just asking this, but I have to. I've been wondering what exactly defines a double vs. single breasted jacket. I've assumed that it is the fact that you can button it either way, meaning with left side overlapping right, or vice versa, but I can find nothing definitive.

#### Aureus

##### Senior Member
Uh, no. Double Breasted means instead of meeting 'in the center' like a single breast, one side of jacket overlaps the other. You can not button it either way.

#### Jiggity

##### Member
Originally Posted by Aureus
Uh, no. Double Breasted means instead of meeting 'in the center' like a single breast, one side of jacket overlaps the other. You can not button it either way.

Fantastic!! Thanks, I appreciate it.

#### The Happy Stroller

##### Senior Member
IMHO, a double-breasted jacket should have two "columns" of buttons, however the jacket is actually buttoned up. For example:-

a. 10 buttons on the chest in two parallel vertical columns of 5 buttons each;

b. 6 buttons arranged in a keystone pattern where each column of 3 buttons each slant away from each other;

c. 6 buttons arranged with bottommost 4 in a square and the top 2 above the middle pair the same vertical distance as the bottommost pair are below the middle pair but with the top 2 buttons 1 1/2 times as far apart as the length of the side of the square; or,

d. even a horizontal row of only 2 buttons equidistant from the central vertical line.

A DB actually could really be buttonable either way, meaning with left side overlapping right, or vice versa, on one extreme; on the other extreme, there may be no actual overlap save for the edges where the buttonable buttons of the right column is to be buttoned.

#### yachtie

##### Distinguished Member
Originally Posted by The Happy Stroller
A DB actually could really be buttonable either way, meaning with left side overlapping right, or vice versa, on one extreme; on the other extreme, there may be no actual overlap save for the edges where the buttonable buttons of the right column is to be buttoned.

for Men's jackets it's left over right, for women's the other way around.

Double Breasted:

and a single breasted jacket:

#### The Happy Stroller

##### Senior Member
Unisex jackets, then. Especially tailored for a gentleman who wishes to provide for any rainy or windy day when a lady in distress needs his jacket.

Originally Posted by yachtie
for Men's jackets it's left over right, for women's the other way around.
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#### Jiggity

##### Member
Originally Posted by yachtie
for Men's jackets it's left over right, for women's the other way around.

Double Breasted:

and a single breasted jacket:

Amazing. That is what i was looking for!

#### j

##### (stands for Jerk)
Spamminator Moderator
Originally Posted by The Happy Stroller
A DB actually could really be buttonable either way, meaning with left side overlapping right, or vice versa, on one extreme; on the other extreme, there may be no actual overlap save for the edges where the buttonable buttons of the right column is to be buttoned.

Navy issue peacoats have buttonholes and buttons on both sides (i.e., can be buttoned both ways). Not sure if this was for unisex use because at the time they were designed and first issued, no women were likely issued one. Maybe because if two of your buttons ripped off on one side, you could still close the coat. Who knows.

#### Jared

##### Distinguished Member
Originally Posted by j
Navy issue peacoats have buttonholes and buttons on both sides (i.e., can be buttoned both ways). Not sure if this was for unisex use because at the time they were designed and first issued, no women were likely issued one. Maybe because if two of your buttons ripped off on one side, you could still close the coat. Who knows.
If buttoning side is in fact to aid sword drawing, then lefties would want both their scabbard and their breast on the other side.
The Canadian military just recently switched all their women's uniforms to left over right, probably to reduce costs...

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