PUBLISHED : Friday, 21 October, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 21 October, 2011, 12:00am


The double-breasted jacket has been crawling its way back for several seasons and autumn 2011 has made it a must-have for men.

It fell out of favour with the rise of minimalism and the skinny silhouette. Now we have moved into a more classic, traditional style, the double-breasted jacket is the outfit for a man who is the sum of style, authority and elegance.

But don't go digging for the boxy double-breasted jackets from 10 years ago. The new jackets are cut slimmer and closer to the body. The shoulders end where a man's shoulders end. The armholes are also cut high for a modern fit.

This piece from Yves Saint Laurent in Prussian blue wool (HK$25,000) makes a strong case for the double-breasted jacket as a modern man's armour. The shape is classic, but its cut and fit, and slim trousers that skim the ankle, add to the youthful vibe.

If you believe double-breasted suits are too formal for everyday wear, banish that thought. Many stylish, younger guys in New York and Milan have been pairing their double-breasted jackets with paint-splattered chinos or ripped jeans with rolled hems. They finish off the look with loafers worn without socks.

Wear these Tod's (HK$4,600) loafers without socks to make your look more current.

Try a double-breasted coat to ease you into the silhouette. This coat from Martin Margiela at Lane Crawford (HK$16,799) should do the trick.

Add a dose of elegance to your get-up with Ralph Lauren's Slim Classique square rose gold watch (HK$99,800).