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post #1 of 12
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How many vents do you like on your suit and why? Most well dressed men I know don't seem to care too much. They just pick it based on fabric and fit. What are the connotations to all three? Which one is considered "conservative" or "trendy?"
post #2 of 12
I think most "Ëśwell dressed men' as so aptly put do indeed have a preference. Mine is double vented, as I enjoy putting my hands in my pockets from time to time and would rather not expose my gluteus maximus when doing so. Jon.
post #3 of 12
I like two but most i own are single. Two look more balanced in my opinion. I dislike none vented coats, not really a fan of the look but i think it is personal preference. I've never heard it mentioned as conservative for a certain style on here or elsewhere. There have been several discussion about this in the last few months you might be able to find them with a search.
post #4 of 12
I used to be religiously devoted to the ventless jacket/coat but lately I've mellowed out. I can dig double vents now-a-days and might even be pushed to a single vent with the right top.
post #5 of 12
Prefer doubles, but my suits are all single (at the moment); a result of buying most off e-bay...
post #6 of 12
Double is "conservative" in England, single in America. No vents is probably the most "advanced" look, since it is minimalist and slimming, but it is hard to call it "trendy" any more, when for several years double have been absolutely ubiquitous. I think, as a matter of both aesthetics and function, double is best.
post #7 of 12
I have them all....I would have to say I like them best in this order: double none single Double vents and on any of these two buttons has a nice line.....
post #8 of 12
I only have double and I think they're decidely better. I think at this point nothing so basic as vents can be described as conservative or not. I've seen very fashionable jackets with all three types and very stodgy ones with all three. At the moment, double is very trendy though. I don't think that none-vented jackets are more slimming. Or at least, the brands that happen to make non-vented jackets are the ones that also have fuller cuts and most people I see wearing them are also larger. I haven't seen non-vented jackets from guc/ysl, Hedi Slimane, Costume National, etc. Double is the best though. I prefer really high vents, but they draw too much attention, and thus don't befit a gentlemen. Two vents look flow better while you walk. Similar to not-buttoning the lower button of a two button jacket (something MAnton convinced me was more than just a rule in another thread).
post #9 of 12
When I first started buying suits, they were all single vented because I didn't know any better. Then I bought unvented suits becasue they were more trendy and that's what the stores were selling. Then I bought double vented suits because they were generally more expensive and I could afford it. Now I've come to realize I feel perfectly comfortable wearing any of the three styles. If I had to pick one preference it would be double vents, for when I want to put my hands in my pocket. But I'll wear any one depending on my mood for the day.
post #10 of 12
I have them all....I would have to say I like them best in this order: double none single Double vents and on any of these two buttons has a nice line.....
I have all three too and that is my order of preference too.
post #11 of 12
5thAve: Double vents are dressier than a single vent. Double vents add shape to the jacket by emphasizing the outside lines of your body and gives a taller image. The no vent Italian look is the most dressy but due to the lack of give in the jacket, care should be taken that you don't put both hands in your trouser pockets and make the jacket ride up. The single and double vent has its origins in horseback riding to split the jacket so the rider could sit on the horse and not wrinkle the jacket. Side vents, if carrying a sword, made it easier for the scabbard to sit properly while not disturbing the line of the jacket when on horseback. Andy
post #12 of 12
Purely personal prejudices: No vent makes me look like a "Sopranos" wannabe. The effect demands lots of hair gel, to my eye. Double is okay, but I have to repress some long-dormant urge to yell "Yoicks." and slap my legs with a riding crop. Single works best for me. Yes, it exposes my caboose if I put my hands in my pockets, but I have a nice caboose and don't mind.
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