Double-Up on Style: Double Breasted Jackets

If you happened to catch 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.

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

 beige power jacket


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.

 plaid blazer


Double-breasted styles with wide overlapping front flaps and a 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 of 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.


 long coat


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.


infantry military jacket 


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.

 double breasted blazer


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, and 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.
 satin blouse


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.


Are you a fan of double-breasted jackets, blouses, or coats?

curdoroy trench coat
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  1. I’ve been lusting over that Ralph Lauren military-style coat 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 have a double-breasted coat dress in my closet for the rare occasion I might need to wear a cclothing

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