Double Breasted

Grey Double Breasted Suit

     In clothing, double-breasted refers to a coat, jacket, or similar garment having a very wide overlapping of the front flaps, and two parallel columns of buttons or snaps; (by contrast, a single-breasted coat has a narrow overlap and one column of buttons). In most double-breasted coats, one column of buttons is decorative, the other functional; yet only the buttons at the overlap’s outer edge fasten the two flaps (layers) together. The other buttons, placed on the outside edge of the coat breast, is either decorative (non-functional) or functional, allowing the overlap to fasten reversibly, right lapel over left lapel. To strengthen the fastening, a functional inner-button, called the jigger, usually is added to parallel-fasten the over-lapped layers together, from the inside.

Suit jackets and blazers typically have from one to four rows of buttons (each row containing two buttons), one or two of the rows button — the others are decorative. Each fastening method is identified using “number-on-number” terminology; the first number is the total number of front buttons, the second is the number of fastening buttons below the lapels (i.e. the second number also is the number of corresponding buttonholes). Six-on-four and Six-on-two are the common button stances, but others exist, such as the Six-on-one model (pictured). Stylistically, double-breasted suit jackets usually have peaked lapels, and fasten left lapel over right lapel.

Double-breasted suit jackets were popular from the mid 1930s until the mid 1950s, and again from the early 1980s to the late 1980s. Today, double-breasted jackets are considered conservative.

Moreover, the overcoats Pea coat and trench coat are traditionally double-breasted; the single-breasted versions being civilian interpretations of a military fashion.


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