PREPARE TO GO DOUBLE BREASTED

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I'll forgive Canali for their unfamiliar left-justified website which makes me have to shuffle along to that side of my desk into the biscuit crumb and coffee ring zone to view it - as they make epic suits and in particular of the double-breasted variety.

www.canali.com/en

www.canali.com/en

I have, for around 3 years now been a massive fan and wearer of double-breasted, although during that period I have only seen a modest number of gents wearing them in the UK. Designers such as Canali, Berluti, Hardy Amies and Gieves & Hawkes have been using the double-breasted suit jacket in their SS15 and the latest AW15 collections; so prepare for a influx and a revival of this look in our high-streets soon.

The double-breasted suit became popular in the 1930s and remained so all the way until the end of the 1950s and again from the mid 1980s to mid 1990s. I have seen many modern designs on this classic tailoring and therefore the exact way to wear them is dependant to the designer - although I prefer the traditional 6 buttoned layout, done up with one middle button.

If you haven't already, it really is time to add this timeless piece of clothing to your wardrobe. The double-breasted suit can be surprisingly versatile - I recently purchased a lovely Canali suit from Mr Porter (In the sale I have to admit - I'm a poor blogger!) and used the suit in 3 different variations already. The first as a suit, the second with some grey-tone trousers and finally with a pair of black skinny jeans.

Me at the Hawkins & Shepherd stand at MODA wearing Canali double-breasted suit jacket.

Me at the Hawkins & Shepherd stand at MODA wearing Canali double-breasted suit jacket.

Canali double-breasted suit jacket, styled with Hawkins & Shepherd classic formal white shirt and black paisley semi-skinny tie.

Canali double-breasted suit jacket, styled with Hawkins & Shepherd classic formal white shirt and black paisley semi-skinny tie.

THE ITALIANS COURTESY OF CANALI

THE FRENCH COURTESY OF BERLUTI

THE ENGLISH COURTESY OF HARDY AMIES