There’s no real way to tone down a double-breasted suit, so chances are that you are considering rocking one because you want to make a statement. Firstly, congratulations are in order, you’ve taken the first step, a bold one at that. The next step is to make sure you get it right. I hope the next few paragraphs offer some sort of well needed guidance.
Plain colors are easier to work with, you can’t make a mistake with a classic blue, or grey suit. As a rule of thumb, a person never wears a black suit unless it’s a tux (for black-tie event) or a funeral. There are ways to rock patterns like houndstooth and checkered suits, but this post focuses on plain colors.
Much A-Do About Fit
You want your double-breasted suit to fit perfectly, not too tight and not quite lose either. It’s the most important aspect of the suit. You want to be able to cross your arms and lift your hands without necessarily undoing any buttons. After all, we all know a DB jacket only looks good with the buttons done.
Shirts and Ties
Best practice is to select a shirt that’s lighter in color than your suit. Again, plain colors are the way to go. If you decide to go with a patterned shirt, you’ll be fine if the shirt is not darker in color than the suit. A neck tie that complements your shirt is what you need for an ensemble like this. A bright colored tie with simple patterns might be a good way to go.
Squares and Calves
The best pocket squares are either linen or silk, any color will do if it sits well with the rest of the outfit. Personally, I love to keep it simple and wear white, especially because it matches any outfit.
There are no short cuts when it comes to shoes, I’ve chosen this burgundy pair of calves for the final touch of this outfit. As a rule of thumb, I try to stay away from black shoes as much as I can. You might want to consider doing the same.
There you have it, a beginner’s guide to wearing a Double-Breasted Suit :) . I hope this helps, otherwise message me and I'll be glad to explain further.
In these photos:
Suit – Boggi
Tie – Eton
Pocket Square & Shirt – Andrews Ties
Shoes – Meermin Mallorca