The Double-Breasted Blazer

The double-breasted blazer has always been around but it has definitely made a comeback in a big way recently. If you happened to have glimpsed any photos of the guys peacocking at Pitti Uomo last month, you no doubt saw countless stylish gentleman sporting one. Though I’ve seen flashes of it here in the States, it would be great to see more American men adopting the style. Here’s my contribution to get the ball rolling.

Linen Double Breasted Blazer - He Spoke Style

I think a lot of men may shy away from a double-breasted blazer because they think it might make them look too big and boxy. I have to say that that was definitely a concern of mine at first since I favor more slim-fitting garments. However, with the right cut or tailoring, a double-breasted blazer can look just as slim as a regular blazer or sport coat despite the extra fabric.

I’ve mentioned before that finding clothes that fit you really well right off the rack can be nearly impossible, but I have been extremely impressed with the fit of REISS blazers straight off the hanger.

Linen Double-Breasted Blazer - He Spoke Style

Patch pockets are a great marriage of form and function. They are definitely a more casual pocket option for blazers or sport coats, but they will always make you look sharp but not overdressed. And the extra stitching adds a really nice touch. They’re also great for traveling since your phone, wallet, or train tickets are always easily accessible.

Linen Double-Breasted Blazer - He Spoke Style

Linen Double-Breasted Blazer - He Spoke Style

If a double-breasted blazer seems like a lot of fabric to have around you in the summertime, choosing one in a lightweight fabric will definitely keep you cool and stylish. The blazer I’m wearing is also unconstructed, which helps as well.


Linen Double-Breasted Blazer - He Spoke Style


This Look: Brown double-breasted blazer by REISS – Navy chinos by J.Crew – White button down shirt by J.Crew – White cotton pocket square with navy border by The Tie Bar (similar here) – Brown leather plaque belt by J.Crew – Watch by Timex – Navy NATO G10 watch strap by J.Crew – Sunglasses by Ray-Ban (Clubmaster) – Brown horsebit loafers c/o Allen Edmonds (Grand Cayman)

Thanks for reading.

Stylishly Yours,

He Spoke Style

Photography by Rob McIver Photo.


Chime In

  • Mustafa Kacar

    Brian, so is this DB blazer off the rack, no tailoring? If so, awesome fit.

    • Brian Sacawa

      Mustafa, yes completely off the rack. It’s my second blazer from REISS. Only thing with this one was the sleeves being a bit too long–but that’s just the style if you check out the REISS website–so I improvised a little.

  • The confused dasher

    Reiss make beautiful clothes, that’s for sure. DB blazers are definitely more of an European thing than American. I like how you coordinate colors, though the blazer is kinda eating the white shirt. Just my 2 cents :) Great content as usual, keep it coming.

    • Brian Sacawa

      You got it. Thanks for reading.

  • nancy rahman

    wow.. i looooove db blazers! you put it so well together! you must check this man out: he wears an all saints one perfectly well!

  • Danny Velez

    Just found your site. Awesome! Love the DB blazer.

    • Brian Sacawa

      Thanks so much, Danny.

  • Nick

    Always glad to see someone else who likes the double-breasted look, my boyfriend is perpetually hunting for more so I’ll have to share REISS with him sometime.

    I’ve just found your site today and I absolutely love it.

    • Brian Sacawa

      Thanks so much, Nick. So happy to hear that. I am definitely a big fan of Reiss. Thanks for reading and see you around the blog.

  • Stephen

    I bought this blazer in July 13 thinking a whole year ahead to wedding season this year. Took it to be tailored recently and no go: the chest piece in the lining doesn’t allow the chest to be drawn in, and the sides were a similar story. The working cuff has the same effect – you have done your own thing and improvised, but rolling the sleeves up at a wedding isn’t really an option.

    My point is, while these modern blazers fit well in essence off the peg, be aware that when wanting them altered you may face trouble.

    • Brian Sacawa

      Sorry to hear this one didn’t work out for you, Stephen. Reiss is a brand that fits me extremely well so I’ve not had to have any of their blazers tailored. Perhaps it was this particular one that didn’t play well with alterations. Thanks for the comment and thanks for reading.