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Dressing It Down: The Double-Breasted Suit

April 17th, 2017

A few tips for dressing down a double-breasted suit

We’ve made some pretty amazing strides in menswear over the past four or five years. An interest among the general public has grown and as a result the stigma of being well-dressed and what that might suggest about you as a man is waning big time.

Still, however, there are some classic menswear items that remain outliers to more guys. The double-breasted suit, for example. Despite the fact that popular ready-to-wear retailers are selling them, I think there’s a feeling that the DB isn’t an option.

The problem (as I see it)? It’s viewed as a more formal garment. The solution (also as I see it)? Learning how to dress it down. Here’s one way to do it this spring.



| WEARING | Ring Jacket suit, Peter Millar shirt, Drake’s tie, A. Lange & Söhne watch, To Boot New York shoes | PHOTOGRAPHY | by Rob McIver Photo

Denim shirt. I honestly cannot get enough of the denim button-up. In a sartorial world that has been either casual or dressy, it is truly the great equalizer and bridge between the two extremes. As a casual complement to a suit, it has no equal.

Colorful tie. Colorful does not have to mean bright and flamboyant. For spring, I’m a big fan of orange because of its earthiness. It stands out without making a big deal about itself. A perfect match for a navy suit.


Light brown shoes. An easy way to temper the formality of any suit is to choose a lighter pair of shoes. With a double-breasted suit, a pair of double monks adds a little Italian flair to a classic American business look.


We’re going to be talking more about this Ring jacket suit next week. If you’re not familiar with the brand, do a little research and let’s compare notes next Monday.

Thanks for reading.

Stylishly Yours,

Brian Sacawa
He Spoke Style

Brian Sacawa

Brian Sacawa is the Founder of He Spoke Style and one of the original men’s style influencers. Since 2013, his goal has remained the same: to provide men the advice and inspiration they need to dress well, develop their personal style, and gain more confidence. Brian’s interest and passion for men’s style and luxury watches has led to his writing for The Robb Report, The Rake, and Sotheby’s and he has been quoted on menswear in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal,, Brides Magazine, and the Huffington Post. He lives in the woods north of Baltimore with his wife, Robin, kitties Nick and Nora, and German Shepherd/Collie mix Charlie.

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