Well Suited: Charles Lindbergh's Record-Breaking Style

Even in 1927, Lindbergh realized that if you're going to Paris, you have to look good.

Charles Lindbergh, Atlantic crossing, Portrait of Lindbergh, May 1927, France, Excelcior Collection. (Photo by Photo12/UIG/Getty Images)

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In today's edition of Well Suited, we look back at the double-breasted suit Charles Lindbergh wore after he made history in his flight from New York to Paris on this day in 1927.

It took him over 33 hours to make the world's first transatlantic flight from New York to Paris, so when Lindbergh landed outside the City of Lights on May 21, 1927, a group of ecstatic Frenchmen helped him out of his plane and lifted him onto their shoulders while the thousands who'd assembled at Le Bourget Field cheered him on. (Lindbergh, for his part, was understandably tired; all he managed to say initially was, "Well, I made it.")

The groundbreaking trip was impressive in its own right, but we're also inspired by one of the suits he wore during his time in Paris. The double-breasted jacket—with four buttons and a soft, natural shoulder—is closer to the sleek and modern versions we've seen on the runway in recent seasons than it is to the six-button power suits that have dominated the genre over the last several decades. And after such a long flight, especially one that broke a world record, we think we can forgive a set of slightly wrinkled trousers.


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—Details associate online style editor Justin Fenner.

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