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Single vs. Double/Side Vent

post #1 of 27
Thread Starter 
On another forum someone posted a list of traits that identify a well dressed man. One of them was whether their coat had a double/side vent (as opposed to a center vent) and it caught me by surprise. Is there some kind of preference for one over the other?
post #2 of 27
I find that double vents are more functional and are more conducive to shaping the waist of the coat, but I don't think it is a necessary or sufficient condition to being well dressed. As more RTW suits have gone to double vents, the cache of the double vent has also gone down. In other words, if your double vented coat fits like shit, you won't be getting any bonus points for having a double vented coat.
post #3 of 27
From the first suit I had made on Savile Row, I've had all my suit and odd coats made with side vents. I do, however, have a few made to measure 'brand' coats that have single vents. But overall 90% of my coats have double vents.

However, I feel that one can be well dressed with either a single or double vent. Frankly there are many far more important factors than vents that come into play when determining whether or not one is well dressed.
post #4 of 27
I like and dislike both. You'll find a strong preference for double vents here.

The center vent tends to open with movement, placing hands in pockets etc. The double vent doesn't suffer from that but it it has that bum flap aesthetic to my eye. No vent doesn't drape over the body as nicely.
post #5 of 27
Thread Starter 
Some googling indicated the center vent was developed to accommodate horse riding and and that side vents make it easier for a gentleman to access his pockets. I got the impression that center vents were more utilitarian.
post #6 of 27
People here dislike center vents, saying they show your ass when you put your hands in your pockets. But I do squats 3 times a week, so I prefer center vents. Ladies want to see the goods.
post #7 of 27
Thread Starter 
I'd better stick to side vents I guess. puzzled.gif
post #8 of 27
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Originally Posted by Sonny58 View Post

I'd better stick to side vents I guess. puzzled.gif

I would suggest you re-read RSS's reply again, especially the second paragraph.
post #9 of 27
I usually have side vents on all my jackets, but on the advice of my tailor my next suit will have a center vent. He thinks it'll look better given the taper I need on the jacket.
post #10 of 27
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Originally Posted by laphroaig View Post


I would suggest you re-read RSS's reply again, especially the second paragraph.

Thank you laphroaig. Now I find myself craving a nice peaty Scotch.
post #11 of 27
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Originally Posted by Sonny58 View Post

Some googling indicated the double vent was developed to accommodate horse riding .

FTFY smile.gif
post #12 of 27

My understanding is, if you have a fat ass get a side vent if not single vent works fine.

post #13 of 27
Is ventless better or worse for fat asses? (hypothetically speaking... I've got this friend, you know)
post #14 of 27
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Originally Posted by Master-Classter View Post

Is ventless better or worse for fat asses? (hypothetically speaking... I've got this friend, you know)

My guess is that ventless would be better for fat butts.
post #15 of 27
Double vents require additional construction,but single vents looks better on me with few exceptions.
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