The most style-forward suit right now is double breasted, but it can be a little tricky to pull-off.
Here’s some tips on how to get the most out of it.
1. Monday Boardroom
Nothing conveys power and authority in the boardroom like a double breasted suit. It means business.
With that said, if you’re a first year analyst it’s probably not the best choice. Like bold pinstripes or flashy cufflinks, a DB suit is a right of passage that must be earned in corporate America.
The easiest DB to fit into your work week is solid navy blue. It’s the least flashy and most business appropriate color for a suit. It’s also super versatile and very flattering on just about any skin tone.
As always, fit is essential. The jacket needs to be slim through the body to avoid a wide looking frame. When buttoned (as it should be unless you’re sitting down) it should skim your sides, providing a tapered shape from the chest and shoulders to the midsection.
Avoid short or cropped jackets. A longer DB jacket looks more regal and avoids the boxy silhouette.
There are mutliple button stances for DB suits. I prefer the 6×2 (6 buttons x 2 that fasten). For smaller guys, a 4×2 or even 2×1 can be more flattering as it won’t suffocate the physique.
An easy way to ad a subtle flair to your suit: change the buttons. Navy suits typically come with black or dark brown horn buttons, I swapped for light tortoise shell to make this suit slightly more note-worthy.
A bossy suit calls for bossy shirts and shoes.
Like this cut-away banker shirt and Boardwalk Empire inspired spectators.
- Navy double breasted suit jacket by Michael Andrews Bespoke
- Brown striped cutaway banker shirt by Michael Andrews Bespoke
- Brown micro-houndstooth wool tie by JCrew
- White cotton pocket square
- Navy suit trousers by Michael Andrews Bespoke
- Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic (42mm)
- Nato Striped grosgrain watch strap by Corvus
- Brown leather briefcase by Frank Clegg x Dan Trepanier
- Two-tone leather spectator wingtips by Scarpe di Bianco