Deb’s Corner

Single-Breasted Vs Double Breasted Suit Jackets: Which Is Right for You?

Suit and jacket styles are as unique as the person wearing them – that’s why there are so many options!

But when you’re new to the world of formal wear, those options can easily become daunting – even downright scary. What’s important is choosing a flattering fit that makes you feel confident in what you’re wearing.

Suit and tuxedo jackets generally come in two styles: single-breasted and double-breasted. Let’s take a look at the characteristics of each so you can make the right style statement.

Single-Breasted Jackets

Single-breasted jackets have a single row of buttons on the front (usually one to three buttons, though some jackets may have four or five). This style is usually associated with more casual wear or semi-formal events.

Suit jackets and sports coats are viable options for the single-breasted style. These jackets can be worn with either jeans or trouser, making them a popular option for almost any event.

Double-Breasted Jackets

Double-breasted jackets have two rows of buttons on the front, with six total buttons being the most common. Generally, only one button on the top row is buttoned, although you may see all rows buttoned at times.

This style is often considered to be more formal than single-breasted options. Though there are no hard and fast rules on when to wear each type, most people opt for double-breasted jackets for black-tie events or weddings.

If you choose a double-breasted style, you should know that a good fit is critical. The extra row of buttons restricts movement and makes the jacket a bit more unforgivable.

Your Jacket Goes Beyond Style

Additional features like vents and lapels can have a lot to do with how a jacket looks and feels. Exploring all your options when it comes to choosing a jacket can help you make the best style decision.

Also, keep in mind that it’s not just about how your jacket looks, but also how you feel wearing it. Schedule a consultation with one of our expert tailors and experience a style and fit that’s made for you.