WORDS BY SIMON E. SMITH
Make no mistake; the double-breasted blazer is flashy and dressy. It’s a statement piece of attire, hence why Elba rocked it at the 2016 BAFTA awards.
The consensus is that if you’re short, you shouldn’t be donning the item. But here at the GS Club, we like to break the mould and go against convention. Whatever size you are, as long as you have a body, you can wear one.
The first thing to remember is to make sure it’s tailored close to your skin and not hanging off like a extra large bin-bag. Your suit needs to fit and feel like armour. You'll want to head out into the urban jungle feeling like a stylish knight - the evening may end in bloodshed but at least you’ll look good.
Next is to err on the side of a shorter jacket length. Sure, fashion tends to be dictated by trends but a shorter double-breasted jacket is just a mainstay. An apt length is having it cover just your arse, no shorter or no longer. You don’t want to look like a doorman at the Savoy or an Italian waiter (we’ve used that one before). Your jacket should be cropped short enough so without leaning you can curl your fingers underneath the bottom of it.
Finally, make sure your button game is strong, meaning stay away from six-buttoned suits. That’s a lot of buttons for a human torso. Only a fat giraffe would be able to pull off that set-up. Stick to the 4 x 2 or a 4 x 1 get up (2 button-up or just 1 buttons-up.)
By the way, now that Craig has quit, we're giving odds of 12/1 on Elba becoming the next Bond. Send us your payments in cash. It's better odds than Leicester winning the Premier League.