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Old 09-16-2009, 03:37 AM
 
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Double breasted suits can certainly be handsome and contemporary and upscale. They're not as boxy as they used to be. Beautiful examples here:

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Old 09-16-2009, 05:28 PM
 
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Double breasted are great suits, more elegant and dressier then single breasted. For the right body type they are unbeatable. The most difficult thing to get with any suit is a good fit. When suits are created, they are designed with someone else in mind, not you. Finding one that fits you well off the rack is great.
However, as America went through a lengthy period of casual down everything, double breasted became quite rare. But in general suits are off in most working places, with the exemption of financial institutions and law practicing offices.
That being said, if that's going to the the only suit in your wardrobe, I would go with a single breasted model.
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Old 09-16-2009, 05:37 PM
 
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I needed a new suit for a job interview because the one in my closet as shrunk . Off to the store I go and found one that fits perfectly. While looking around I noticed they have very few Double breasted suits. It's been years since I purchased a suit and thought to myself when was the lastime I saw a man in one. I must say I don't think I have seen one in quite sometime. Or they no longer in style or am I missing something.
Most men don't look good in double-breasted suits because we're too fat to look good in them. That's the bottom line - and was told directly to me by a haberdasher.

A secondary reason is that, frankly, double-breasted suits simply aren't in style right now.
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Old 09-16-2009, 06:08 PM
 
Location: CasaMo
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I'm voting no to the double breasted.
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Old 09-16-2009, 07:43 PM
 
Location: USA
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JMPO, I would stick with blazers-they never seem to go out of style and always look good. I think the last DB I owned was around 1970 or so.
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Old 09-16-2009, 08:13 PM
 
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I wouldn't say its out of style.
I, for one, plan to get one soon (I'm only 20 so im not some old guy trapped in the past..lol).

As Omaha Rocks frankly put it some guys are "too fat to look good in them"...LOL.
As blunt as that sounds its very true.

All clothes aren't meant for all bodies.

As azoria pointed out, the DB suits of today don't have the boxy look as the ones of old.
They're typically more 'fitted'
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Old 09-16-2009, 08:21 PM
 
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I wouldn't try to be too trendy in a job interview, classic and traditional is best and you will get more use out of it., grey or blue pinstripe or what ever you local news anchor man wears, they're always middle of the road, (Unless you are interviewing in the fashion industry or a clothing store)
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Old 09-17-2009, 10:41 PM
 
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I purchased a charcoal gray and a navy blue 3 button suit to interview in. I just wondered what happened to the double breasted suit. I have seen some great ones and I have seen some bad ones. I was trying to think when was the last time I saw a great one. The last one I can remember is when ex-Toronto basketball coach Sam Mitchell wore one when he accepted the coach of the year award. Here is a link to the suit.

http://i.a.cnn.net/si/2007/writers/m...1.mitchell.jpg

I hope they make a come back.
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Old 09-17-2009, 11:26 PM
 
Location: California
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If you are a professional male who must wear suits I think you should try to have at least one double breasted suit in your wardrobe. They are NOT ugly and NOT out of style. If you can't pull one off that's one thing, but if you have the right suit and the right fit you can't beat them for class.
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Old 09-18-2009, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Chi-Town soon to be NYC and eventually Ireland
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If you are a professional male who must wear suits I think you should try to have at least one double breasted suit in your wardrobe. They are NOT ugly and NOT out of style. If you can't pull one off that's one thing, but if you have the right suit and the right fit you can't beat them for class.
I totally agree. It's a very elegant, timeless look if it's properly fitted, high quality material, and the gentleman has the height and slimness to pull it off. That being said, I HATE the look on women....so masculine!
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