Twice as nice: The best double-breasted suits for men

07 Sep 2022 | By Ellie Goodman

Go all-out for any occasion in these dapper double-breasted suits

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Tailoring trends may change every season – loose silhouettes, oversized silhouettes, and even cropped options. But when it comes to classic tailoring that exemplifies formal dressing, you can’t go wrong with a double-breasted suit.

A reliable go-to for the stylish man, the double-breasted suit is characterised by a wide, overlapping closure with two parallel columns of buttons and sharp peak lapels. Through the streetwear-ification of menswear and the rise of experimental red-carpet dressing, the double-breasted suit has been a clear choice for those who wish to stand out and prove their sartorial savvy while staying safe in their wardrobe choices. Whether styled over a shirt, tie and smart dress shoes, or with a crewneck sweater and crisp white trainers, double-breasted suits make for an elegant, well-proportioned look no matter the season – and they offer that extra touch of warmth once winter closes in.

Beloved by dapper gents including HM King Charles III, David Gandy and Sir Lewis Hamilton (who has donned a double-breasted jacket on many occasions, including when receiving his knighthood in December 2021), this timeless monolith of tailoring really is a fail-safe option for events both formal and informal. These are the best double-breasted suits to consider for your next big occasion…

Brunello Cucinelli double-breasted suit

This dapper duo from luxury Italian outfitter Brunello Cucinelli is cut from a navy blue cotton-twill blend for a classic slim fit. Crafted by the brand’s tailors in Solomeo, Italy, the jacket, lined in red cupro, features structured, padded shoulders, sharp peak lapels and plenty of pockets.


Celine Homme double-breasted suit blazer

Since taking over the reins from Phoebe Philo at Celine in 2018, creative director Hedi Slimane has led the house’s famously pared-back aesthetic into a new era with his edgy youth-focused vision and mastery of men’s tailoring. This sharp suit, crafted from a mid-weight wool blend, makes for a contemporary spin on the classic style with a pinstriped pattern that nods to 1980s nostalgia.

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Gucci double-breasted suit

The colourful parade of double-breasted suits Jared Leto wore in Ridley Scott’s House of Gucci might just have been some of the best under-the-radar advertising the brand has delivered in decades. Luckily, it seems Paolo Gucci’s flamboyant spirit is still alive and well in the designs of Alessandro Michele, who has reignited the house’s maximalist tendencies since taking over as creative director in 2015. Offering a more low-key look (at least in comparison to the brand’s loud patterned, velvet or feathered designs), this subtly checked wool suit features peak lapels and flap pockets for a timeless silhouette.


New & Lingwood double-breasted suit blazer

Tailored from 100 per cent wool flannel, this suit from Eton heritage brand New & Lingwood is as classic as they come. Featuring a softly deconstructed double-breast cut with patch pockets and softly structured shoulders, pair with the brand’s pleated flannel trousers and your favourite Oxfords to be the best-dressed man on any street.

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Dolce & Gabbana pinstriped double-breasted suit

Vintage with a modern touch, Dolce & Gabbana’s double-breasted suit is cut from virgin wool and features classic black and white pinstripes. The sharply tailored blazer is cut for a slim fit while the pants taper down, making it one of the smartest styles we’ve seen this season.


Kingsman navy pinstriped double-breasted suit

Channel Colin Firth from Kingsman with this wool double-breasted suit inspired by the impeccable tailoring from the British film series. Cut for a slightly cropped fit with broad peak lapels, the suit features pinstripes on a navy base and high-cut armholes for an elongated sharp silhouette.


Ralph Lauren Purple Label beige double-breasted suit

Ralph Lauren Purple Label’s slim-fit double-breasted suit is rendered in a dull beige. Tailored for a close fit, it’s cut from smooth silk-shantung in Italy and features peak lapels and padded shoulders. Get the unfinished cuffs and hem tailored to perfection for a sharp silhouette.


Tom Ford double-breasted suit

Tailored for a slim-fitting, longline silhouette that falls just below the hip, this sleek suit from Tom Ford is cut midnight blue virgin wool. Elegant and timeless, it’s finished with statement peak lapels and slightly structured shoulders, and paired with tapered trousers that are perfect for formal engagements. Style with your smartest pair of loafers for a polished evening ensemble.


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