The Difference Between Single & Double Breasted Suits

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The Difference Between Single & Double Breasted Suits
Single-breated suits are considered more fashionable as they can also be worn casually. (Comstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

Though there are countless numbers of suit styles with regard to fabric and cuts, one of the most obvious differences is whether a suit is single- or double-breasted. The breasting of any jacket refers the overlap between the side with the buttons and the side with the button holes. Both of these styles have gone in and out of fashion and are preferred by certain suit wearers.

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A double-breasted suit has two rows of buttons, one on the same side as the button holes and another on the usual button side. The buttons used for fastening the coat are much farther away from the seam and are placed there so the jacket overlaps.


Single-breasted suit jackets have just one set of buttons sewn close to the edge of the coat. This creates the minimum amount of overlap between the two sides when buttoned.


Single-breasted suits are certainly more fashionable today than double-breasted suits. The double breast is seen as very traditional and formal, while the single breast has become more popular due to the fact the jacket can be undone, taken off and the whole suit worn more casually.

Personal Style

Body shape plays a key role in determining what breast style of suit will be the best choice. Although a lot of this comes down to personal choice, double-breasted suits are considered more suitable for taller, slender people as it extenuates the body shape. For this reason as well, heavier or more muscle-bound people should not wear double breasts as it draws more attention to this core area.

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