Whilst sipping a refreshing martini on the shores of Lake Brixley (adjacent to Castle Brixley) a member of the luncheon I was on asked me about double breasted suit jackets. I told him to peruse The Gentleman and his questions will be answered. Unfortunately I had not published this article that I am writing and hence his perusal (whilst entertaining and informative to him) left his quest for knowledge unsatisfied. He wrote me a letter explaining his disappointment and now I am making amends by writing this post.
The double breasted suit jacket originated from the Navel Reefer jacket which in turn went on to become the Navel style peacoat or trench that we gentlemen are predisposed to wearing in the colder months.
There are variations on how many buttons there are on a double breasted jacket as opposed to the number that actually fasten. The way to describe a double breasted jacket is to firstly say the number of buttons it has and then the number of buttons that fasten (usually the number of button holes it has). Therefore you may have a six-on-three, six-on-two, or even four-on-two jacket.
I have a double breasted jacket that I picked up in Italy which is a two-on-one jacket. Imagine that!
Don’t think that the double breasted jacket is only for fat men, 80′s stockbrokers or David Letterman. The double breasted suit, like any suit, can maketh the gentleman if it is fitted correctly and worn with finesse and a humble elegance that are prerequisites for the gentleman’s inventory.
So next time you think you’ll just blend into the crowd by purchasing a fine tailored single breast suit, maybe branch out and add the double breasted suit to your extensive wardrobe.
So there you have it.