double-breasted coat

Don a classic double-breasted coat this winter

The act of shedding or donning a coat announces the arrival or imminent departure of its wearer, delivering a powerful statement of intent.

The common coat until the late Victorian era, the double-breasted coat radiates a certain aplomb and should be a staple of the modern gentleman’s wardrobe. An extremely practical option as both an overcoat and sports coat, the DB works in various weights of wool, tweed and cashmere blends, designed specifically for different seasons and occasions.

The Chesterfield style of the early 19th century is the grandpa of today’s sleek, modern versions. A formal design, the colour was limited to navy, grey or black, with Scottish company Crombie producing the most famous variant. As the double-breasted coat accentuates the chest and dips in at the waist, those with a shorter (or rounder) torso will be overwhelmed by this shape and should stick to a single-breasted cut.

Team with gloves, scarf and hat to complete the ensemble, or pair simply with a turtleneck for the artistic, intellectual look worn so well in the 1960s. Try a Jack London trench or peacoat for outerwear or a Ralph Lauren double-breasted sports coat.

Image via Trashness.


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