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9. May 2021

6×1 & 4×1 – For everyone?

by

Maximilian Mogg

Popularised by Edward VIII; its silhouette misunderstood by the 80s; now a staple of our very own shop manager Tobin H. P. Gattinger and our numberphile Paul P. Schlossarek. We are, of course, speaking about the low closure, double-breasted jacket – I will leave it to you, whether you prefer a 6×1 or 4×1 configuration. I myself, have been flirting with (yet another) dinner jacket in one of these… I am drifting! 

The time has come! We are now able to offer that very piece of art in our trusty MAX MOGG – BERLIN line. This means, you can now order a 6×1 or 4×1 blazer at a starting price of €1180.

How do we want a 6×1 jacket to look? Like this!

Let’s assume, we leave the good old 6×2 jacket in the closet – six buttons with two closing buttons, that is. What changes if we lower the closure by reducing the fastening buttons to only one of six, as seen above? 

Proportions

When comparing our low closure, double-breasted jacket to a 6×2, slightly different rules of proportion apply. They are cut ¾ of an inch, i.e. roughly 2cm, shorter than its counterpart with two closing buttons. Thus, we avoid the waist to be widened excessively as this can easily result in a sloppy look – especially on our already quite elongated silhouette. Since we do not want you to look like a potato sack, as is often the case when wearing a badly cut 6×1 or 4×1, we cut these jackets slightly shorter than usual. 

Steering clear of what would have been an overdose of drama – namely, a low button stance and a regularly flared skirt –, our 6×1 and 4×1 jackets are cut close to the hip. This gives you a lean, elongated silhouette that can only be achieved with low fastening double-breasted jackets. Or, as Eurythmics put it: “Sweet dreams are made of this!”

Formality

Chef’s recommendation: go ventless! With a menu as formal as the one described above, skipping the vents underlines the natural V-shape of jackets with a low closure. Louche is the word that comes to mind when picturing these jackets at a soiree! A 6×1 jacket in perfect symbiosis with an ivory dinner shirt and a black bow tie. Now, imagine the coolness of a 4×1 camel blazer, sporting golden buttons! Add a white pair of trousers and a burgundy, Cuban collar shirt… Need I say more? Perhaps I do: Despite the versatility of the 6×1 and 4×1 configuration, there is one very important thing to keep in mind… 

Who can wear a 6×1 / 4×1 jacket? 

The following is unfair, I know, but the 6×1 and 4×1, with their more extreme silhouettes, do not suit everyone. Or to put things a little more mildly, some of us might be better advised to go for the universally flattering 6×2. The low fastening, double-breasted jacket, however, tends to suit more delicately built gentlemen. Medium height, athletic gents are also especially well advised with this more extreme jacket style. So, 6×1 and 4×1 might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but we can sure as hell appreciate them. If you are looking for more advice on how to properly wear them, take a close look at the likes of Ralph Lauren, Lorenzo Cifonelli and Humphrey Bogart! MM/JB/YS