Trending: Double-Breasted Blazers

Above (L-R): Prada spring/summer 2014 runway, Instagram of Henrik Lundqvist at Press Conference, May 29, 2014
Above (L-R): Prada spring/summer 2014 runway, Instagram of Henrik Lundqvist at Press Conference, May 29, 2014

Seen effortlessly strutting on the spring/summer 2014 Prada runway, the double-breasted blazer (DB) has made its way into fashion again.

Because of the DB’s nearly identical look to the traditional (single-breasted) blazer, in theory, both blazers should exhibit a similar expression. What could be so different about adding a column of buttons? However, in reality, this minimal detail creates a dramatically different image—so often the case with fashion. So distinctive is the DB image that men often steer away from them as it’s considered to be too severe.

Typically the DB is sported on (1) more formal, old-fashioned occasions as it creates quite a polished presentation, or (2) more Mafioso businessmen as it can have severe and boxy shoulders emitting an intimidating persona—perfect when you’re trying to rob a bank, not so much for the rest of the day. So, designers understood that in order to bring back the DB it will need to change and evolve. And that’s exactly what happened, with the DB taking an unexpected (and wear-worthy) turn. Taking off its stuffy vibe, the DB is dressed down in playful, solid colors (think blues and greens) and oversized silhouettes. For a breezier feeling, many are now designed in lightweight fabrics, like cotton or linen. As for styling, keep with the relaxed tone and leave buttons undone. Underneath the blazer, go simple with a crew neck tee or more high fashion with a fitted, floral button-up. For those of you who are already acquainted with the DB, try pairing it with a pair of tailored Bermuda shorts. If this is the beginning of the DB entering the trend cycle again, you may as well get one early?

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Julie Rubinger

Julie Rubinger is a Toronto-based fashion writer. With a Masters in Communication and Design from Ryerson’s School of Fashion, Julie writes for publications like Canadian Living and The Genteel. Amongst her writing, Julie also continues to work as a wardrobe stylist for la closette. For further information about Julie and her fashion theory-obsessed life, go to julierubinger.com or follow her on Twitter at: @julesrubinger

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