Hourglass silhouette with double vents

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  1. FCS

    FCS Senior member

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    Is it okay to make that hourglass silhouette suit with double vents? The reason I'm asking is that I might be interested to get a MTM by Samuelsohn via Harry Rosen in Toronto, they usually have an annual MTM promotion in Spring. So if anyone could offer their opinion that would be much appreciated.

    P.S. how do you pronounce 'scye'?
     


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    I always pronounce it "sigh."

    And about the hourglass thing, I don't see any problem with it. However, dual rear vents tend to pull apart when the waist is too surpressed, so I guess the tailor should go a little easy on the back. I like the backs of my jackets to have a little flare, but with dual rear vents I'd imagine it kind of hard to do. Or maybe I'm wrong about this and someone should advise me to have a serious talk with my tailor.
     


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    Hey Alias, thanks for your insight. What do you mean by a' little flare' on the backs, btw? And you were referring to dual side vents rather than dual rear vents, right?


     


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    Dual side vents? Dual rear vents? What's the difference? We talking about suits or something else? I'm confused.

    Like you know, some people have the back of their jackets falling off the shoulders in a straight line. I like mine to curve in a little where it hits the small of my back. I think it makes me look less like a Lego man and more like a human being.
     


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    Yeah, I'm talking about suits. Rear vent is the vent at the bottom back of the jacket, around the buttock area. It's always a single vent on the rear.

    The dual side vents are the two vents on the hip area.
     


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    Ah, ok. I thought that the "rear vents" as you put it is called "rear vent," as in the singular. Either that or center-vent, single-vent, and so on. That's why I was confused. Yes, I was referring to the dual side vents.
     


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    Does anyone have further comment on this one?

     


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    Side vents can be tricky in that often the center part comes out (The vents don't stay neatly closed). Even custom tailors can have trouble making side vents properly, irrespective of hourglass or not. My tailor in NYC, fortunately, makes my suits with what can be described as an hourglass profile and he also knows how to design side vents that remain closed.
     


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    Mine did it by shortening the vents (they start a bit lower than they usually do on other jackets) and by adding a big folded flap of extra lining material at the bottom to give it some extra weight. Works pretty well.
     


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    This is how I have my custom suits done. Slightly hourglass with double vents. I like the look. Sort of a traditional English feel to it. You shouldn't have any problem with the double vents gapping, provided that the tailoring is well done.

    Kai
     


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