All Business: The Charcoal Flannel DB Suit

A classic double-breasted winter business outfit idea

The flannel suit is one of the man of style’s staple winter garments. It is one of those pieces – and fabrics – that has stood the test of time. It’s a true classic, which means it’s always in style.

A feature of any timeless piece of clothing is maximum versatility. There are an endless number of ways you can style it. And here’s one – a classic all business look.



| WEARING | Montezemolo coat, Alan David Custom suit, Al Bazar shirt, Drake’s tie, Rolex watch, Carmina loafers | PHOTOGRAPHY | by Rob McIver Photo

One of the first and biggest decisions you have to make when getting a custom suit made is whether to go with a single- or double-breasted jacket. If it’s your first custom experience, I would say to play it safe with a single-breasted jacket. It’s a conservative and more versatile pick. I chose a double-breasted jacket with this suit for a few reasons.

First, the color. Charcoal grey is slightly darker than a classic mid-grey, so I wanted to riff on the formal aspect of the color.

Second, the fabric. As flannel is a winter-weight fabric, I decided to double down with a jacket that would offer more coverage and, as a result, more warmth.


Finally, as I took stock of my closet, I wanted to diversify. I’ll be picking up a light grey flannel suit later this week that will have a single-breasted jacket. I’ll be sharing more of that suit and a review of the process from our friends at Michael Andrews Bespoke in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for that!


Thanks, as always, for reading.

Stylishly Yours,

Brian Sacawa
He Spoke Style


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  • Dave Minella

    I love it that you always explain “why” with your style decisions.