The single-breasted, two-piece suit is the main piece of most men's wardrobes. Most of the time, they were 3-button, and were worn closing only the middle button, and always with a vest. Later on, this changed: the vest disappeared, and men occasionally wore the jacket with the top two buttons closed. This made the appearance a bit more official.
In the 1920's, the peak lepel, which was only used in double-breasted suit jackets appeared in the single-breasted ones too. This addition made the wearer's shoulder look wider, thus mixing a bit more masculinity into the undeniable and timeless stylishness of the single-breasted jacket.
In picture: Sir Anthony Eden and Sir Samuel Hoare.
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