It's Official, We're Down With Double-Breasted Again

By Zak Maoui
07 April 2019
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Hero Fiennes-Tiffin is proving that the DB is back and it's more wrapped-around than ever before

The red carpet is a funny old place, which men use as a platform to show off their killer looks, rather than simply walk from one end to the other. Ezra Miller has been paving the way for the weird and wonderful, while Timothée Chalamet has been giving us boyish charm by way of patterned suiting and tie-less (heaven forbid) looks. Well, Hero Fiennes-Tiffin is using it to show us that the double-breasted suit is back.

Stepping out for the screening of his latest film at the Hotel Royal Monceau in Paris, the 21-year-old After actor sported what is easily one of the slickest pieces of tailoring we've seen in a long time. The exaggerated double-breasted suit comes by way of Kim Jones' couture-inspired debut at Dior. And it's something we've noticed has been occurring across the board. With a return to elegance and a sudden lack of streetwear-inspired designs at the menswear shows for the Spring/Summer 2019, we've seen a change in how you should be wearing a DB.


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Worn frequently from the mid-Thirties until the late-Fifties, with a popularity spurt in the Eighties thanks to Miami Vice’s Ricardo Tubbs and Pierce Brosnan’s Remington Steele, the double-breasted suit had in the latter part of the 20th century fallen to the wayside thanks to a growth in interest in single-breasted, slimmer-fitting suits, later championed by the likes of Kris Van Assche and Hedi Slimane.

Now, though, it's back and it's better than before. Exaggerated and more wrapped-around than ever, the 2019 DB is as you've never seen it. Aside from Dior, the other brands promoting a more excessive double-breasted jacket are Wooyoungmi and Paul Smith. Why so? Well, there's been a natural movement away from athleisure in recent seasons and designers are calling for smarter, if more contemporary, tailoring. The key to getting it right? Invest in a new season double-breasted suit.

Below are the DB blazers you need right now to get on board with the bigger is better trend.


Dior
$2,870. dior.com


Wooyoungmi
$1,080. At Farfetch. farfetch.com


Dunhill
$2,600. dunhill.com 


Via British GQ