The Double-Breasted Blazer

“Too many men needlessly forgo the pleasures of all sorts of items of the wardrobe, but when it comes to the glory of the d-b(double-breast), it’s a real tragedy ” –  G. Bruce Boyer, Author of True Style

When thoughts are so aptly put,what else is remains to be said or heard? Switch off your data and start saving for the next d-b you’re about to buy. Too fast?Sit down ndugu 🙂 A slight history lesson, shall we?

The origin of this article of clothing, as of many things man(ly), is in the military. It is thought to have originated for the pea coat, worn by sailors in cold weather from European and later American armies, with the overlapping fabric providing much warmth needed when battling not only enemies but the elements as well.

Jomo Kenyatta d-b
The OG Jomo Kenyatta showing us how its done

Its present day child, less functional, is our subject of the day. Variations on this garment are based on the number of buttons, usually six at most, and the number of them that are fastened upon closing the jacket. A 6*2 would mean six buttons with two being fastened,and so on. 6*2 is the most famous combination, with 4*1 and even the odd 2*1 once in a while .

To do this darling some justice, it would be good to observe some propriety. First, always fasten all buttons, including the “jigger” buttons (those internal ones) for the fabric to drape properly around the mid-section. Given its formality, it should be easier to pull off conservative colours in the grey, navy blue range but hey, do have fun with an orange one if you do get it. Do be extremely particular on how it fits around your waist though, as it does form most of the look. A bit on the heavy side brother? Its still going to work, don’t sweat it. Personal suggestions on wearing it would include an ascot and trousers with a sightly high crotch point that starts just at the end of the blazer.


Micheal Corleone
Michael Corleone from The Godfather II with a 6*2 d-b


Thrift-ability? Here, my gents, I must disappoint you. They are rather rare to find, though getting a tailored one done shouldn’t break the bank, especially of quality is assured. My estimates would be something between 3-5 k(ksh) .You can still try your luck at any of these thrifting havens, I was lucky to get a stripped gray Marks & Spencer for about 600(ksh) /= .


Author with the rare and sightly odd 2*1 d-b option


While at it, do spend a few minutes on this busara ya wazee. Light and life!

‘Clothes are inevitable. They are nothing less than the furniture of the mind made visible.’
– James Laver

Student at JKUAT.Purveyor of thoughts and clothes.

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