6x1 Double Breasted Suits

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  1. Duke63

    Duke63 Senior member

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    I was looking for some opinions on 6x1 double breasted jackets. I've heard that they're totally unwearable, but I've also heard that they're fine, so that wasn't really of any help. What characteristics would add to it being dated? Any advice is appreciated.

    Also, I am aware there are alread threads on this, but I was just looking for more opinions.
     


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    Ask :foo: (Mafoofan).

    His is 4x1, but it is similar in style to a 6x1.
     
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    I like them. NSM makes my DBs with a long roll that allows you to button 6x1. I am making another just like it. OTOH it is very hard to find RTW DBs that look good, let alone 6x1 DBs. I have never found any RTW DBs that look good on me. TTO has some really nice vintage DBs, but I don't recall if he has 6x1s.
     


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    They're a bit 80s, out of fashion but still an acceptable style.

    Common wisdom is that they are especially good for shorter men, as the eye can travel up and down that longer lapel.

    Ralph Lauren favors them even when the fashion says no; in many years Polo has offered a six button DB coat that works as either a 6/2 or a 6/1; there is an anchor button at each level.
     


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    Thanks for the replies. Has anybody converted one to 4X1? I've heard that they're a little more accepted. I can't imagine it's too difficult, but would it be worth it?
     


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    Strangely, Purple Label does 4x2, while Polo will have both 6x2 and 6x1. The 6x1 is a bit strange. I like 6x2 the best; I have two of them.
     


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  9. Duke63

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    Would converting it just involve removing the top two buttons?
     


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    +1
     


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    No.

    The proportions would be way off, and the top two buttons would be even more conspicuous by their absence.
     


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    Maybe it's just me. But I like the 6x1 better than the 4x1. i think it looks more sleek while the 4x1 more short and chubby.
     


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    I've seen 6x1s on the forum that have been pulled off quite well. The key is to make it a slim fit (may not work for all body types though).
     


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    This may be a dumb question, but what constitutes a slim fit? I can usually spot one but nothing is coming to mind. Maybe pics of a slim DB would help?
     


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    Somebody posted a really nice 6x1 bespoke piece on the forum a while back; I'll try to find it.
     


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