Double-breasted blazers are no longer the domain of power dressing bankers, versions of the new DB now come in slimmer cuts, more casual fabrics, colour and print. Options for the DB now extend from just the classic navy and pinstripe combination.
For those who are daunted by the thought of rocking a double-breasted blazer, here are my tips on how to wear this jacket without looking like you’re heading into the boardroom. As with any jacket, the most important factor is the fit. Ensure the DB hugs the torso from the shoulders to the waist. Ill-fitting blazers tend to look boxy and can overwhelm your frame. For the vertically challenged, like me, opt for a shorter cut to ensure the proportions of your upper body to legs remains favourable.
The easiest way to give your DB a relaxed vibe is to pair it with chinos in a complementary colour. In my case, I’ve opted for white. I’ve always had an affinity for navy and white, a classic colour pairing that gives you that nautical feel. Donning a t-shirt underneath your DB is another way to dress down the jacket. Again, I’ve opted for a striped navy and white t-shirt to go with the maritime theme.
Finally, the one component of your ensemble that can make or break it, the shoes. Shoes are so important to any outfit as it anchors the whole look. There are many shoe options for the DB, it’s just a matter of committing to a direction. Pair your jacket with sneakers to get that sports luxe vibe or a classic driving shoe for that preppy feel. I’ve opted for black Gucci horsebit loafers to give my ensemble that little bit more polish.
Special thanks to Karen Woo for photographing this outfit post.
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