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Why it's time to dust off your double breasted blazer - and the best new ones to buy now

Diana, Princess of Wales at the Royal Ascot meeting in 1990. Credit: Rex 

Ask any fashion designer currently courting favour within stylish circles to describe the women they wish to dress and they’ll all come up with a variant on the same theme: power. These luxury shoppers are in control, they know what they want and aren’t afraid to pay for it.

Somewhat ironically of course, the aesthetic bent to dressing these power women is to offer feminised versions of traditional men’s wear - ie, tailoring. The power woman needs bold shoulders, sharp lines and a sense of neatness that confounds fans of a floaty dress. Where has all this sartorial aggrandising led? To that most masculine of cover ups - the double breasted blazer.

Balmain wool blazer, £1,325, Matchesfashion.com, Isabel Marant Étoile checked blazer, £370, Net-A-Porter.com Navy jacket, £69.99, Mango.com

The piece was notable during the recent round of fashion shows - both on the catwalk and on the backs of...

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