The classic jacket can be a little tricksy, so best to keep it simple if you want to be right on the button, advises Simon Chilvers

Dries Van Noten's double-breasted jacket.Dries Van Noten’s double-breasted jacket. Photograph: Dries Van Noten press

Not an easy look to pull off (unless of course you’re Prince Charles), the double-breasted jacket has been coming back forever but with minimal success. This is because it can look both old-fashioned and tricksy. However, it has the potential to be a workwear tour de force, an exercise in modern power-dressing if you will.

The main double-breasted danger to be wary of is letting it drown you. This really is not the time to start piling on accessories – you’ve got more buttons than usual, so be satisfied with that. Neither is it the place to get all wacky with styling. Avoid fussy scarves like the plague, as there’s too much going on out front. Plump for a simple buttoned-up shirt or blouse. (Men: the tie is optional.)

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