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A Guide to Double-Breasted Suits

A Guide to Double-Breasted Suits

When thinking about investing in a double-breasted suit there are a few things you should be considering to ensure you get the perfect timeless and sophisticated suit just for you.


In the rules of tailoring a double-breasted suit should fit snuggly but not tight, which allows it to look flattering when buttoned up and not have an oversized 80s feel. The lapels should lie flat against the chest and the shoulder seams should follow the lines of your natural shoulder.


The width of lapels is very much up to you and how you want them but for a classic style we would recommend at least 3 inches wide. Also, keep In mind that a peak lapel can look a lot more formal than a notch lapel.


Traditionally a double-breasted suit would have six buttons with two rows of three buttons on each side, but you could opt for 4 or even two depending on the style you are going for. We would also recommend that the buttons should be left unfastened the majority of the time being worn as it allows for ease of movement.


Fabric is totally up to you and what style you are looking for, that could be a summer suit in cotton or linen or a winter style in a wool or wool blend or it could just be for a casual blazer in just simple cotton. This is something to discuss with your tailor consultant who will be able to show you all the fabrics that fall into your chosen categories.


Another option that totally depends on where and when you will be wearing the suit. It could be for work and the office so you might opt for more neutral tones of blue, grey and black or you might want something a bit more colourful for a wedding, event or you just like a bit more colour.

Once you decide on your fabric there will be hundreds of different colours to choose from. It’s a great idea to bring some inspiration to your consultation with one of our tailors which can help work out what you want your double-breasted suit to look like. A great place to look for this is Instagram or social media.