Double Breasted Suits: 6 Button Vs. 4, Cast your vote?

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  1. ollie

    ollie Active Member

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    Hello Manton, i got it, thank you. While we are at it, on a 6x2, is there a rule, where the two bottom buttons should be? What i mean is, on two of my Db´s the bottom buttons are on the same line as the bottom line of the pocket flaps, on one other jacket they are in line with the top of the pocket...
     
  2. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    There is a rule of sorts that the pocket opening should line up with the bottom buttons of any coat. However, good tailors play with the pocket hieght to flatter a guy's physique. Lowering the pockets helps to elongate the look of a coat, where as higher pockets are good on tall guys.

    Where the buttons themselves go is harder to say. The waist button of any coat should be at the jacket's waist or narrowest point. That may or may not be at the wearer's natural waist, depending on how the coat is cut. Personally, I like it to be at my natural waist or even a hair higher. Once the waist button is set, it's a matter of how far you space out the other buttons, which is mostly a function of your height, and also a matter of preference. 4" to 4.5" is standard. Personally, I would only go less than 4.5" on someone really short.
     
  3. ollie

    ollie Active Member

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    Thank you Manton, two more questions :
    1.On a 6x2 (which i already have), is it possible to attach the upper two buttons a tad bit higher, and so create the illusion of more length in the jacket?
    2. Can a 4x2 be converted into a 6x2?

    Thank you
     
  4. gefinzi

    gefinzi Senior member

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    I like the 4x2. Didn't the Duke of Windsor sometimes wear them? I had a 4x2 by Thresher and Glenny that looked great. I don't dislike the 6x2, but the upper buttons seem a bit superfluous...I write that recognizing that many things on a suit might be categorized as superfluous but the extra buttons strike me especially that way. I generally don't like either 6x1 or 4x1, although 6x1 was sometimes well done in the 1930s (as I recall there is a photo of the Duke of Kent looking stylish in a 6x1 in Dressing the Man). I agree the 4x1 at the start of this thread looks awful.
     
  5. Soph

    Soph Senior member

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    Thanks to the AA post here is a better representation of the 4 DB.

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    Jovan Banned for Good

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    As do I. I think I'll get my first one in 6x2 to be safe, however.
     
  7. kitonbrioni

    kitonbrioni Senior member

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    It seems that every one of my Brioni and Kiton double-breasted suits or sportscoats are 6 x 2 ones. The pictures of the 4 x 2 ones appear a little odd, but that maybe that I'm just not use to them.
    http://whatareyouwearingtoday.blogspot.com/
     
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    I think Christopher Plummer in Inside Man had very well executed DB 4x2
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    Mr. Plummer looks quite good. I like the slanted pocket(s), too.
     
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    6x2
     
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    This is the 4x2 rolled I mentioned earlier.
     
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    Plummer's suit makes his torso look too long. DBs in general, and especially 4 buttons need to be cut a little short and a little high.
     
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    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    Thank you Manton, two more questions :
    1.On a 6x2 (which i already have), is it possible to attach the upper two buttons a tad bit higher, and so create the illusion of more length in the jacket?
    2. Can a 4x2 be converted into a 6x2?

    1. You mean if the jacket is already finished? No, because you can't raise the buttonholes. Also, the lapel roll will have to change. The latter, at least, is doable, but raising the buttonhole is not.

    2. Sure. Just add two "show" buttons.
     
  14. mack11211

    mack11211 Senior member

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    Depends on your build and the style.

    Most of mine are 6x2, but I think I have a 4x2 made bespoke (for someone else) by Dougie Hayward, the guy who outfitted Michael Caine in GET CARTER.

    Didn't Astaire wear 4x1?
     
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    No vest, high gorge 6x3
    Else a low gorge 6x2 maybe with a vest
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