Return of the DB: Matt Lanter in John Varvatos


We’ve said it before and we’re saying it again: the double-breasted suit is back with a vengeance. Reference: Matt Lanter, looking very contemporary and clean-cut in an updated jacket from the American arbiter of cool menswear, John Varvatos.

Spotted here at the recent American Giving Awards in Pasadena, California, the baby-faced, blue-eyed 29-year-old was snugly fitted in a Fall 2012 John Varvatos DB (suit-speak for double-breasted) in quiet gray wool, which he wore over a subtly striped asphalt shirt and black satin tie. Black patent lace-ups finished off his subdued look.

An ace example of pulling off non-color with aplomb, the genius of Matt’s look lies in the sneaky unconvention of his suit: note, for one, the four-button “Kent” configuration, which “suits” the modern man way better than the stuffy six-button version. The cut is Goldilocks-great, too: neither too hipster-skinny nor too 1980s Tory-loose, which is exactly how you should wear a DB—your jacket should skim your shoulders and accentuate their width, not hug your body like a dumpling wrapper.

Best of all: notice the lapels? They’re notched, not peaked: a rebellious departure from tradition that trims off some of the starchy formality associated with this jacket type, turning the double-breasted into a brilliant option for young men like Matt. Two (or is that double?) thumbs up!