It?s cold. You?re stylish. Do you forgo the extra layer in the name of looking incredible? Or do you sacrifice style for a warm glow?It?s a trick question, of course. The answer is secret option number three: the double-breasted coat. It?s back.
Who should try itThe double-breasted coat isn?t for everyone. It takes a certain build to make the extra bulk work for you. If you?re tall, go for it. Muscular types will also find it a flattering look. Anyone shorter than tall should steer clear of the double-breasted coat, as the broadening effect will also have a shortening effect.There?s a preferred length, too, and it?s about two inches shorter than knee-length. This is the perfect balance of leg lengthening and element protection. You - and your clothes - will be protected from winter?s sadistic streak, whilst your legs avoid the truncated look. However, the new double-breasted look is shorter than before, so keep an open mind with regard to length ? it?s the fit that is non-negotiable (more on this later).
The new double breastedSo how did double-breasted saunter back in through fashion?s front door? The single button jacket was doing just fine, flattering more than offending, asserting itself as the alpha jacket.But then Samuel L Jackson threw on a DBJ for the UK premiere of Captain America. Worn with a shirt and tie, but then casual pants, pumps and the ubiquitous hat, it looked far more street than red carpet.The catwalk and high street are also showing that double breasted coats aren?t solely for keeping your suit dry. You can do the look casually and sport the double breasted coat as a piece in its own right. Here are some ways to do double-breasted without the formality:
- Take a look at the range of colours on offer. Navy and grey coats will provide a solution most mornings, sidling up to most shades and looking perfect most of the time. Simple. But there are other options and you should definitely give these your consideration, particularly if your existing coats are all navy or grey. Scarily close on the timeless front, camel is a classy option that has the bonus of helping you to stand out in a navy-grey sea. You?ll feel expensive and people will probably want to stroke you. Khaki green is another shade that will cover a lot of bases. Military and heritage continue to be strong trends and this low-key green fits the bill on both counts, so is likely to be a worthy investment. \t
- Pair with a jumper to bring the look down from corporate to casual. Turtlenecks and cable knits both work well with double breasted coats. \t
- Choose hiking boots over brogues. This prevents you looking as though you are on your way to the office, instead suggesting rugged manliness. You could be going to save a trapped animal or something equally heroic.