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The Return of the Double-Breasted Suit

No, Really

Mar 3, 2014

by Alberta Venture Staff

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Canali DB Suit: $1,695 • Henry Singer, Edmonton
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The double-breasted suit is making a comeback. Actually, it’s been making a comeback for several years now, but it’s been mostly limited to the pages of fashion magazines and a few exclusive sartorial preserves – the finance industry, for example. But according to Jordan Singer, in 2014 the DB suit makes its long-awaited return to the mainstream. When it does, it will do so with an entirely new look, feel and meaning. “It’s an entirely different creature than the double-breasted of the 1980s, which was big and oversized and baggy,” Singer says. “That’s not at all what tailored clothing looks like now.”

Those changes extend to the way the DB is worn, too. Thanks to the slimmer cut and tighter tailoring, the DB is no longer a strictly formal garment. The traditional view that it was better suited for, ahem, stouter gentlemen, is equally passé. “Back in the day there was a consensus that a double-breasted suit would be great for a stouter individual just because of the way the jacket closed and hid that posture. But I don’t believe in that any more. The key is making sure you get the right DB to match your body type.”

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