Double-Up on Style: Double Breasted Jackets

If you happened to catch the Emmy’s last week you may have noticed over-40 glam gal Reese Witherspoon rockin’ a Prussian blue silk tuxedo dress.

Reese Witherspoon Emmys 2017
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This stunning color showed off her gorgeous blue eyes and the double-breasted styling helped prove that Reese knows a thing or two when it comes to current fashion trends.

Double-breasted styling goes in and out of fashion but it’s back with a vengeance this fall. If you’re shopping for a new coat or jacket, here are some fab options to try.


The 80’s double-breasted power jacket has made a comeback, only this time it’s a little more streamlined through the waist.

Theory is a brand known for their high-quality modern workwear, and the shapely vintage silhouette of this camogie power jacket definitely let’s everyone know ‘she’s’ the boss.



Pantsuits, which also haven’t been around in a very long time are also trending. This suit is a mashup of classic menswear tailoring and modern deconstruction.  The double-breasted plaid blazer  with raw edges on the pockets, cuffs and jacket hemline is fashion forward and downright cheeky.

Note of caution: As with any double-breasted jacket, steer clear if you are top-heavy. Double breasted jackets will bulk up an area that you want to make smaller. On the other hand if you are small/medium busted this type of jacket is very flattering.



Double-breasted styles with wide overlappping front flaps and double row of buttons have their roots in military clothing.  This commanding  black, flared double breasted long coat by Ralph Lauren is incredibly elegant.

This is that coat: the one you put on over top your jeans and a sweatshirt to look instantly polished and put together; the one that works perfectly with your Holiday party dress; the one that keeps you warm without making you look bulky…. You know the one.




Every woman needs an army style jacket in her wardrobe, whether you wear it with jeans or a little black dress like the French famously do, because they are just so utilitarian.

This super cute double-breasted infantry military jacket fits the bill nicely. The oversized cut with the rolled up sleeves is relaxed and comfy.




Double breasted jackets usually look a little more formal than a single breasted jacket which is why this gorgeous burgundy, double breasted blazer  is so unique.  Three-quarter length sleeves turn it into a more casual sporty piece that works perfectly to elevate your basics.

The longer length makes it a great choice to throw on with skinny jeans and a t-shirt for a Saturday look. It would look equally fab paired with a pleated skirt and block heels for work.



Okay you caught me, this striped satin blouse isn’t a coat or jacket but I wanted to show it to you because it is so pretty and different.
This classic pinstripe shirt gets a makeover with double-breasted styling, gently flared sleeves, a unique back cutout. (You can’t see that here but go online and you’ll see what I mean.) This is one basic blouse that is definitely not boring.


double-breasted trench coats are nothing new, but if you’re looking for a change from standard back and tan, then this purple corduroy trench coat  is a beauty. The classic styling, done in corduroy and this rich, regal purple hue is truly stunning.


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2 thoughts on “Double-Up on Style: Double Breasted Jackets

  1. I’ve been lusting over that Ralph Lauren military style coat ever since I saw First Lady Melania Trump wear it. But, alas, it doesn’t come in my size. Dang it, Ralph, you usually don’t let me down that way. I’ve always liked double breasted jackets and wore many when I was working.. Now that I’m retired, I don’t have as much need for this type of jacket, although I do have a double breasted coat dress in my closet for the rare occasion I might need to wear a dress.