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Single vs. Double/Side Vent

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Sonny58, Aug 13, 2011.

  1. Sonny58

    Sonny58 Senior member

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    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?
     
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  2. HalfCanvas

    HalfCanvas Senior member

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    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.
     
  3. RSS

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    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.
     
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  4. laphroaig

    laphroaig Senior member

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    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.
     
  5. Sonny58

    Sonny58 Senior member

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    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.
     
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    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.
     
  7. Sonny58

    Sonny58 Senior member

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    I'd better stick to side vents I guess. :puzzled:
     
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  8. laphroaig

    laphroaig Senior member

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

    JayJay Senior member

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    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.
     
  10. RSS

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    Thank you laphroaig. Now I find myself craving a nice peaty Scotch.
     
  11. MyOtherLife

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    FTFY :)
     
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  12. davesmith

    davesmith Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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

    Master-Classter Senior member

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

    JayJay Senior member

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    My guess is that ventless would be better for fat butts.
     
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    tsasls Well-Known Member

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    Double vents require additional construction,but single vents looks better on me with few exceptions.
     
  16. Fine Lifestyle

    Fine Lifestyle Well-Known Member

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    There is often no one correct style for a jacket. In determining whether you want double vents or a single vent, you should consider which option better flatters your physique, and in general which option you find more appealing to you. The beauty of style is that it is unique to each individual. Personally, I like double vents as it allows for a bit more breathing room.
     
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    Ventless can definitely slim a larger backside. But it comes with a price in terms of freedom of movement.

    If a backside is larger from front to back I think a single vent works best at concealment.

    If large from side to side I find a double vent conceals better.

    I large in both directions - well it's hard to tell without seeing the garment on.

    But that's just one guy's opinion.

    Fortunately there are no rules in this regard that I'm aware of so it seems we are free to choose that which we prefer!
     
  18. RSS

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    One word: caftan.
     
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    Hi MC ..ok..for your friend then....perhaps I am mistaken but wouldn't the tailoring of the quarters also contribute to a good fit?
     
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  20. Bowtiedlad93

    Bowtiedlad93 Senior member

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    I prefer a side vent myself, I think it lends it'self to a more tailored fit coat which is what I normaly wear.
     

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