Is it preferable to line up hip pockets and lowest button? Â
I prefer it. Â But it can look odd (the pockets will look too high) if the bottom button is too close to the waist button. Â But if the bottom button is properly spaced (at least 4.5") then the pockets should look fine. Â On short guys, lower is better. Â It helps present a slight illusion of greater height.
What about the height of side vents? Â I understand that they also reach the same line if hip pockets and button point line up. Â Where should side vents end if those two don't line up?
10 - 11" is a decent rule of thumb for side vents, 10" (maybe slightly less) for the really short and 11" for the really tall. Â Any more looks like a trap door; any less looks like a "fashion designer" coat. Â Wrinkly cloths like linen and cotton sometimes take shorter (8" - 9") vents, as this helps the coat's back resist wrinkling just a bit. Â Some don't like the look; I certainly would not get this length on wool, but on linen and cotton it looks less "designer" and more "casual." Â At least it does to me.