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Double or Nothing

Double-breasted jackets are a simple way to make an impact this spring and summer

Best men's double-breasted jackets spring 2024
Best men's double-breasted jackets spring 2024

When you’re looking to add an instant shot of swank and swagger to your outfit, throwing on a blazer is one of the easiest ways to accomplish this. But if you want to take it to the next level, opt for a double-breasted jacket. These are jackets that instantly convey you know what you're doing and that you take your personal style seriously. Because these are jackets that go the extra mile—a blazer with cajones, if you will.

It's an old-school style, of course. When it comes to men's jackets, the double-breasted option has been in and out of fashion a lot. It first emerged in Victorian times, originating from sailing apparel (think of the classic pea coat), the jackets were originally considered a more casual alternative to the single-breasted style. But as time went on, and fabric got pricier, the style became more refined. Once the favorite of '80s Wall Street bankers, the six-button jacket took a backseat to narrow, single-breasted styles for a while but has since been picked up by creative types and A-listers with enviable style—dudes like Ryan Gosling, Austin Butler, Lewis Hamilton and Paul Mescal. This makes sense because there's something about a double-breasted jacket that says “I'm living large but also chill”.

And as tailoring trends lean into a looser silhouette, with more space to relax into, the time is right to pull on a double-breasted jacket. It could be worn by itself—over a proper shirt, of course, but also with a simple tee or knit polo—with jeans or some nice trousers. Or you could opt for a matching jacket and pants combo and make it a suit, ready for nights out on the town or all those summer weddings you're currently RSVPing to. That's the real beauty of the double-breasted style. It can be all things for any occasion. If you want it to be dressed up, just fasten the button and straighten your tie. If you want a more louche vibe, then let it waft open and have a good time. Despite its formal heritage, these modern interpretations of the double-breasted suit can hit these different frequencies. You might even say it's twice as fun as a regular jacket.


The Best
Double-Breasted Jackets
for Men in 2024

Bonobos Unconstructed Jetsetter blazer

Unconstructed Jetsetter blazer,
$450 by Bonobos

Todd Snyder Linen-silk sport coat

A pared-down version of a classic houndstooth jacket. No padding, no hot lining, only relaxed, rakish charm.

Linen-silk sport coat,
$798 / $314 by Todd Snyder

This nylon take is a modern interpretation that’s ideal for warm weather and easy to travel with.

Cotton-nylon jacket,
$598 / $420 by rag & bone

Proper Cloth Irish linen Bedford jacket

Irish linen Bedford jacket,
$595 by Proper Cloth

Suitsupply Lightweight Havana blazer

Lightweight Havana blazer,
$619 by Suitsupply

Lightweight wool Phillip jacket,
$715 by Mr P.

Italian hopsack jacket,
$450 by Banana Republic

MUJI Nylon travel jacket

Nylon travel jacket,
$99.90 by MUJI

Relaxed wool jacket,
$320 by COS


Boxy viscose blend jacket,
$169.99 by Mango

Barena Unstructured cotton blazer

Relaxed Italian style, cut from airy cotton with an unstructured profile to keep it appropriately lightweight.

Unstructured cotton blazer,
$820 by Barena

A casual version, made from vintage military-inspired cotton that’s been washed for extra softness.

Cotton Bedford blazer,
$295 by Alex Mill

Linen-cotton jacket,
$370 by Massimo Dutti

Woven cotton jacket,
$695 by Hugo Boss

Slowear Relaxed cotton-linen jacket

Relaxed cotton-linen jacket,
$1,300 by Slowear

Leon wool blend jacket,
$725 by Officine Générale

Double-breasted jacket buttons

A Note on Buttons

You can leave the jacket open and wear it slouchy or button it up. But just like with any jacket, if there are multiple buttons, you’ll want to leave the bottom button undone.

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