A popular suit design amongst Wall Street stockbrokers in the ’80s, the double-breasted suit is characterised by its large, oversized box-shaped silhouette (which used to be accompanied by a wide tie, wide leg trousers and a ridiculously large cellphone too). However, younger generations deemed the power suit too stuffy, and therefore, opted for a shorter and more slim-fitting silhouette with ultra-thin lapels — a style which took the reigns for the past several decades. Now, it seems, the double-breasted suit is back.
For Fall/Winter 2017, designers are bringing back the double-breasted blazer, with brands including Balenciaga, Lanvin, Versace, Paul Smith, MSGM and many more presenting their own interpretations on the runway. Nothing like the blazers our grandparents used to wear, these stylish suits have been given a modern upgrade from today’s top designers, making it a unique statement piece you can rock with just a little styling effort. To help you get a head start on the double-breasted trend, we’ve selected a few of our favourite pieces below.
(Main image: a look from Berluti‘s Fall/Winter 2017 collection)
Featuring a navy, burgundy and grey check pattern, this refined double-breasted formal blazer by Paul Smith is crafted in Italy from a durable wool blend. It has an easy fitting through the chest as well as a tailored waist and hip, and is finished off with horn buttons and functioning four-button cuffs.
Approx. HK$8,568 from Paul Smith
A tribute to the traditional British style, this black and beige wool herringbone-tweed blazer by Burberry is tailored in Italy and has a double-breasted slim fit, which is accented with peak lapels, a single chest and two flapped front pockets. The raw and frayed edges give it a bit of modern flair.
HK$8,009 from Matchesfashion
For those who are not afraid to stand out, this navy and green wool-alpaca blend tartan double-breasted blazer from Boglioli is a bold statement piece. It features a double-breasted front fastening, long sleeves, button cuffs, a tartan pattern, two front pockets, a straight hem and a full lining.
HK$9,774 from Farfetch
Helmed by the brothers behind Boglioli, The Gigi merges classic tailoring with contemporary design. This navy-blue ‘Ziggy’ blazer, in particular, is crafted in Italy from a fine blend of woven wool and cotton, and is decorated with a khaki-grey check before being tailored into a slim double-breasted silhouette.
HK$4,482 from Matchesfashion