clockwise from top right: Paul Smith, Dries Van Noten, Lanvin, Dunhill – SS11
Double breasted jackets, vests and cardigans are not just for Miami Vice vets. The spring collections that are hitting the racks soon are full of slimmer, shorter, more fitted Double Breasts (DB’s) that will rock hard with both a tee underneath, or a shirt and tie. The fun thing about DB’s is that you can finally put that super, super skinny tie in storage (or a garbage can). A medium-width tie (MWT) looks great with a DB – ideally go for 2½ inches, without a taper. Look for bold gingham, plaid, or solid neutrals with natural flecking or organic variation.
Nick Wooster, the Men’s Fashion Director at Bergdorf Goodman, wears some nice, medium width ties (via the GQ Street-Style site)