Posted by menstyleqa on Apr 8, 2012 in Jackets & Coats, Men's Suits | 2 comments
Which is better, a double breasted jacket or a single breasted jacket? I’m getting some new suits and don’t know which to go with.
Neither one’s “better.” The double-breasted look is more unusual and considered a touch more formal — you wouldn’t ever wear it unbuttoned or without a necktie, so it’s less versatile than the single-breasted. There are also a few body types that don’t look so great in double-breasted jackets:
– Short men in general don’t usually want to cover most of their torso up with a double-breasted suit. It tends to make them look squat.
– Very slim men can look overwhelmed by that much cloth on the chest. You need a little bulk to your torso to fill out a double-breasted suit well (though a custom fit can compensate for that.
– Double-breasted suits are ideal for guys with a long torso, especially tall guys who carry most of their height above the waist. It helps balance things out and keeps you less lanky-looking.
So the choice really comes down to how well a double-breasted suit would fit your body and how formal you plan on being. A double-breasted suit is great if you’re going to be wearing it at business functions all the time, but not so great for more casual social wear.
A single-breasted suit is the most versatile, and the jacket can be worn separately as a sports jacket in a way that a double-breasted usually can’t be.
Was this answer helpful?
I did a video on this topic for our Real Men Real Style YouTube channel:
You must be logged in to post a comment.
Posted by RMRS Team on Oct 8, 2015
Posted by RMRS Team on Oct 7, 2015
Posted by jamiebriones on Oct 7, 2015
Posted by Dick DeVaughan on Aug 12, 2015
Posted by haroonali on Jul 13, 2015
Posted by Clay Dees on Dec 18, 2012
Posted by Carlos on Dec 31, 2012
Posted by Andybiotic on May 3, 2012
Posted by Shaun_Kingston on Jan 12, 2013
Posted by menstyleqa on Mar 15, 2012
Posted by Nicholas on Nov 12, 2012
Posted by ratnacage on Dec 11, 2012
Posted by arriola on Mar 5, 2015
Posted by GuyFawkes94 on May 8, 2013
Posted by gzon11 on Apr 21, 2013
Posted by on Aug 17, 2013
Posted by haroonali on Jun 6, 2013
Posted by txrancher47 on Sep 9, 2012
Posted by menstyleqa on Mar 19, 2012
Powered by RealMenRealStyle