Double Breasted Jackets & Jeans

May 5th, 2012

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2. Casual Friday

Dark indigo jeans are the easiest to slide-in at the office, just make sure the fit and silhouette are similar to the suit’s matching trousers. This includes the hemline (rolling the bottom is a casual touch that won’t look as sharp with a business shoe).

Some tips to getting the perfect fit to dress-up your jeans:

- Save on the denim, spend at the tailor.

- Wear a tailored jacket shopping, or at least bring one from the floor into the fitting room.

- When you put them on in the fitting room they should be a little tight and restricting in the waist, hips, seat and thigh. I’m talking borderline uncomfortable. THEY WILL STRETCH. If they fit perfectly when you first put them on, in two weeks they will be looser than you want.

- Wear them for a couple weeks before having them tailored. You want to make sure they’re fully stretched out and the sizing has stabilized before making any alterations.

- Bring them to the tailor in worn condition (because your body molds them). One time I had a pair of jeans dry cleaned and brought them directly to the tailor still in the plastic bags from the cleaner. I tried them on and he marked the hem with no break, just how I like ‘em. I picked them up a few days later and after wearing them for a few hours the natural creasing at the back of the knee and front of the hips caused the denim to ride up about 3/4″, causing them to look “too short”.

- Once they’re tailored and fit just right, keep them away from the washing machine (which will cause them to shrink and fade). Instead, air them out, and when they get really nasty have them dry cleaned (rather than fading the denim the chemicals will gracefully enhance their natural break-in lines).


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  • smoothmoose

    The blazer rocks. Like the choice of buttons and patch pockets as well. Just tones it down to the right level.

  • Solisar.blogspot.com

    Just the way i love

    I heart your style

  • Mons Yale

    Where’s a good joint to shop for double breasted suits (mid price range)?

    I absolutely love them but don’t yet own any as they seem rare (at least in the affordable sense).

  • Emani

    Men should dress like you.
    Amazing!

  • Anonymous

    Beautiful!!! Follow me on thebigglassesfashion.blogspot.com TKS! ;)

  • AJ

    For Dan or anyone who knows; I recently bought a pair of Levi’s white jeans that fit perfectly and snugly throughout, except for the leg opening, which is a couple of inches too wide. Is this something a tailor can fix, or should I return and look for another pair? Thanks

    • Salomon

      A tailor can fix it

  • Drew

    Snap, whether DB jackets are in or out, I’ve got to say you’ve got the fit nailed down really well. Makes me want to get one!

  • Brian

    A DB jacket is on my list of things to purchase this year. This is some great inspiration! Thanks!

    Would you advise or have you gotten the waist taken in on jeans or pants before? I have a pair that I need to make smaller by 1/2 an inch. Would the back pockets end up looking funny (too close together) once tailored?

    Thanks again.

  • Mark

    The loafers with the green jacket…NICE! Where can I find a nice modern db jacket without spending an arm and a leg? As always thanks!!

    • Tim

      Try a second hand resale shop. I’ve gotten about 20 sports coats there for an average of about $2 each. Beats paying $100 dollars each and they look great.

      I have a variety to choose from and I have about 200 ties for about .05 cents each. Great finds.

  • Arsene

    That green loafer look is BY FAR the sickest of all your looks. Sorry to admit but I’m in the process of copying that exact outfit (which I never do). Thanks for the inspiration…. again!!

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  • MM

    You’re so fucking hot.

  • Nikia Chanel

    Great post! Love the pattern sock detail from look one and the effortless style shown in the last look.

  • Anonymous

    Where can I find an “updated” db blazer without having to spend for bespoke?

  • Mick Swagger

    Killed it with this one! Each look is better than the last one.

  • Desmond K

    Nice post. Great info on buying ur denim on the snug side. This is something I’ve been doing already and its worked great for me. However I kinda run into trouble when it comes to white denim. After about the 4th or 5th wear, they start to look a little dingy and I have to wash them. So any progress I made in ”loosening them up” is negated. So I’m guessing when it comes to white it should fit comfortably when I first buy them. Am I on the right track?

    http://chinosandcheesecake.blogspot.com/

  • Lothar

    Two questions, Dan:

    1. The jeans, white or off-white, or does it matter?

    2. Does one tip a tailor for alterations done?

    Thanks.

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      1. I prefer white
      2. Not typically. Years back I tried to tip a tailor, he looked at me slightly offended and said “Do you tip your doctor? I’m a professional”.

      Thanks for reading,
      Dan

  • Roger

    Sickkkkkkkkkkk

  • Adyna

    Shawn is right. The look is perfect, one of my favorite for mens. The evening event is also great, very subtil, in betuin casual/ elegant. The green shoes from the older post are amazing..yes, women look at mens shoes :)

  • Shawn

    White jeans and brown shoes always look very neat! Thanks for the great post once again!

  • TO

    Shirt and tie combo in #2 is awesome and #3 looks so modern and chic!

  • EvanM

    sweet post sb team! Thanks for including the additional “db and jeans” looks too. it’s nice to get to see some of the old pics without having to look in the archives.

    keep up the great work

  • Tiago

    Amazing looks. That girl *_*

  • Felix

    Apart from look number three, which lacks a lot of visual interest and colour, I’m digging the look.

  • Jack

    Very nice. Not ventured into DBs yet but with the right fit it looks very sharp. Paul Smith is always the ‘go to’ for some sharp socks. Definitely a nice touch.

    The jean purchasing tips are golden too.

  • Anonymous

    Some great looks there. Is that karyn in the back of one of yourpics?

  • Arron

    I did the same thing with a pair of my nudie jeans, I brought them to a tailor with the tags still on them, since nudie only makes a 34 inseam I had to take them up to even wear them. Now they’re he best jeans thou, but ya very good tips on both tailoring and buying jeans a tad smaller. U also used to wear my jeans in a bath tub to mold to my body better. (weird but it did work with some levis)