When shopping for your summer jacket this season, Mansel Fletcher strongly suggests you consider a double-breasted number.
New this season, Drake’s is introducing a navy-blue double-breasted blazer made from a light-weight mix of silk and linen. While single-breasted jackets remain the default setting for most men, double-breasted versions are regarded by many tailoring aficionados as the more stylish option. Taste is always a personal matter but the physical impression a garment makes is less subjective, and a DB (double-breasted) jacket should flatter the wearer by accentuating the breadth of his shoulders and chest, while appearing to shrink his waist.
If the physical impression made by a good DB blazer is positive, so are the cultural associations. Whether your IG feed is clogged with classic images of the Duke of Windsor, Gianni Agnelli and Sir Roger Moore as 007, or more contemporary shots of those well-put-together Japanese guys who look so sharp at the Pitti Uomo trade-show in Florence, double-breasted jackets have long been loved by the world’s best-dressed men. Who among us doesn’t want to follow in their sartorial footsteps?