Let’s Talk Overcoats: Single- or Double-Breasted
- Timeless and relatively unchanging – aside from the narrow peak lapel, which became popular in the 2000s.
- Wear this style (especially in versatile navy and charcoal hues) for any formal or business-casual event.
- Without the excess fabric of the DB, the SB coat looks sharp even when unbuttoned.
- The single line of buttons elongates the torso, giving a taller, slimmer appearance.
- As the all-occasion coat, a tie is not always necessary. With the open V at the neckline, it works well with a scarf.
- WWBW (What Would Bond Wear): The SB style was Connery’s first dinner jacket in Dr. No.
- Traditionally the more conservative choice, the double-breasted style was first worn by European naval officers and royal Princes.
- Ideally a coat for the workplace, the DB cut gives an authoritative and professional feel.
- Always wear this style buttoned to avoid looking disheveled (unless you’re this guy).
- For slim gents, this style broadens the shoulders. On the portly side? Buy a size up for extra lengthening in the midsection.
- As the more formal coat of the two, don it with neckwear – be it a tie, bow tie, or ascot.
- WWBW (What Would Bond Wear): Moore made the DB famous in The Man with the Golden Gun.
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By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer
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