Paul Smith Spring 2011Dries Van Noten Spring 2011Dunhill Spring 2011Lanvin Spring 2011 clockwise from top right: Paul Smith, Dries Van Noten, Lanvin, Dunhill - SS11

Double breasted jackets, vests and cardigans are not just for Miami Vice vets. The spring collections that are hitting the racks soon are full of slimmer, shorter, more fitted Double Breasts (DB's) that will rock hard with both a tee underneath, or a shirt and tie. The fun thing about DB's is that you can finally put that super, super skinny tie in storage (or a garbage can). A medium-width tie (MWT) looks great with a DB - ideally go for  2½ inches, without a taper. Look for bold gingham, plaid, or solid neutrals with natural flecking or organic variation.

Bespoken SS11:

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Nick Wooster, the Men's Fashion Director at Bergdorf Goodman, wears some nice, medium width ties (via the GQ Street-Style site)

Alexander Olch's  MWT's  for Colette (cotton! Yay!):Alexander Olch Spring/Summer 2010 Neckwear