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Out & About: Double-Breasted with Jeans

May 5th, 2012

Your slim-fit double breasted suit jacket can also function as a blazer.

Try it with jeans for a very smart casual look that shows you take your tailoring seriously.

Here’s a couple examples.

1. Date Night

White jeans are both versatile and striking. They work with just about anything (including forest green) and always bring a Spring/Summer outfit to a new eye-catching level.

If you haven’t already, I suggest making the investment.

A modern double breasted jacket should be slim through the midsection and have a narrow panel overlap, meaning you don’t have to worry about the old school “never wear a DB open” rule.

  • Forest green double breasted suit jacket ·
  • Tortoise frames by Matsuda ·
  • Tan leather monkstraps by Scarpe di Bianco ·
  • White denim jeans by Helmut Lang ·
  • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic ·
  • White cotton pocket square ·
  • Striped socks by Paul Smith ·
  • Purple shirt with grey windowpane

2. Cocktail Party

Black suiting fabric holds some widespread associations that are hard to shake – formal events, funerals, ect.

A dark charcoal jacket can look just as sharp, without getting confused with other connotations. It also allows for a nice subtle contrast when paired with black jeans (or trousers) for an evening occasion.

Black jeans aren’t just for punk rockers. Dress them up for an evening cocktail party, theatre show, charity event, etc.


Charcoal Essential Suit

White Broadcloth Shirt

3. Dinner Plans


I love the contrast of the sharp suit jacket against the old beat-up Levi’s here. It’s unexpected, but I think that’s why it works.

The key to wearing jeans with a tailored jacket is making sure the silhouette of the legs corresponds with that of the jacket. I had these vintage Levi’s tapered, to be consistent with the cut of my jackets.

Another reason this works is because the suit fabric is a textured hopsack in a rustic brown, which has that sort of country feel to it.


Worsted Wool Suit in Coffee

  • Aviator shades by Ralph Lauren Purple Label ·
  • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic ·
  • Distressed jeans by Levis Vintage ·
  • Forest green velvet slippers by Del Toro
  • · Brown hopsack double breasted suit jacket

Thanks, as always, for reading.

Yours in style,



Photography by Alex Crawford.