Joseph Gordon-Levitt Provides Today’s Lesson

Posted on August 23, 2012

We don’t really like to tell the lady Bitter Kittens how they should dress in so-called “real-life” because unless you walk a mile in her Spanx and stilettos, most men should probably just keep their mouths shut when it comes to ladyfashion for real ladies.

But occasionally, we do like to give the BoyKittens a lesson. Today’s subject? The difficult double-breasted suit. JGL, please step forward.


Joseph Gordon-Levitt attends the premiere of ‘Premium Rush’ in New York City.

Nicely done.

From a fit perspective, the only issue we can see is that the jacket might be a centimeter or so too long on him. Obviously, that’s incredibly minor. Some might say his pants need hemming but we think they only need to be straightened out around his feet, which offers a nice illustration of why men shouldn’t wear shoes that come up that high on the foot when they’re wearing a suit.

But what we really wanted to point out was why this works so well on him. It’s because he has the perfect build for it. We were in a Zara store in New York over the summer, squeeing over the large selection of summer blazers for men. Tom saw a particularly fetching double-breasted blue pin-striped one. As a reminder, Tom is shaped roughly like a cinderblock. At Lorenzo’s urging, Tom tried it on right then and there, knowing that it was risky.

Remember that scene in Sex and the City when Miranda and Carrie went to try on cheesy wedding gowns and Carrie acted like a ridiculous drama queen (what else is new?) and ripped it off right there in the store? That was roughly equivalent to Tom’s reaction when he stood in front of a mirror and buttoned the final button. “Get it off me! Get if off me!”

Broad-shouldered, barrel-chested guys, or guys who have even a tiny gut should probably stay away from this cut. The DB suit is designed to accentuate a man’s small waist and to give him some volume up top. If you’re a man who doesn’t have a small waist and doesn’t need any more volume up top; don’t bother. You’re going to look like a gorilla. But if you’re slim, like JGL, you’re gonna look gangbusters.

[Photo Credit: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images, Janet Mayer/]

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