Fashion: The Double-B Look

Part of the fun of the Late, Late Show is watching the likes of Edward G. Robinson, Humphrey Bogart and James Cagney come on like double-barreled punks in their double-breasted suits. Even in as recent a film as The Yellow Rolls-Royce, one of the breakup scenes was the appearance of George C. Scott as a 1930s hood, all decked out in a rakish, broad-brimmed white Panama and a Raft-shouldered, double-breasted suit. But laugh softly and take a long second look. For the newest male mode is nothing less than a reissue of Hollywood's dependable old Double-B.

Brooks Brothers has put it...