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Two Button Double Breasted Jackets: Modernizing the 30s DB

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The double breasted jackets, no matter how many buttons, should be avoided by huskier, full stomached men (sorry). Intended for skinnier guys, the double breasted jacket pinches the midsection, creating a top heavy and bulkier hourglass silhouette. With two horizontal buttons, the made-for-skinny-men advice is that much more pertinent -- this spring/summer trend alleviates the six button, bundled up from the cold weather guise for a refreshing take on a revived classic, but pinches the waist, much like wearing a transparent belt. Before the few weeks of summer gives way to the Fall, experiment with the trend pre-spring 2010. As for the heftier guys, stick with the traditional single breasted jacket -- preferably one button for the casual outings and two buttons for the workplace.
-- Francis Bea
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