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Suit Jackets - back vents?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by purelook, May 9, 2006.

  1. purelook

    purelook Member

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    Could anyone please explain what are the aesthetical and practical qualities of the different types of back vents in a jacket.

    There is a sinlge vent in the center, double vents and jackets with no vents. Is it only a matter of personal taste?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Jovan

    Jovan Senior member

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    Like pleated front trousers, they're both a matter of taste and practicality. Vents will offer more movement room, but I think they mainly date back to when people started wearing sportcoats on horseback, especially the double vents (which seems like a pretty English feature indeed). Single vents are fine, but double vents lend a more streamlined look in my opinion. I personally would only go without a vent on a double breasted jacket, but that's me.
     
  3. coachvu

    coachvu Senior member

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    I think double-vented jackets often make it seem like your butt is sticking out.
     
  4. Jovan

    Jovan Senior member

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    Your opinion happens to be wrong. [​IMG]
     
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    teddieriley Senior member

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    Wait, you smell that?
    Because I got such a big ass, when I wear double vented jackets, if I have nice waist suppression in the jacket, the vents tend to flare open as they rest on my derriere, giving a pear shaped looked.
     
  6. purelook

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    I personally find the single vent more elegant for a single breasted jacket, but I can see why the double vents could be practical too.

    How about a single breasted jacket with no back vents?
     
  7. coachvu

    coachvu Senior member

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    Your opinion happens to be wrong. [​IMG]

    maybe just on me...[​IMG]
     
  8. GreyFlannelMan

    GreyFlannelMan Senior member

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    Was there not a thread about this very subject last week?

    In any event, double vents don't work if one has a large bum. I personally don't care for ventless jackets as they tend to scrunch up when one puts his hands in his pockets. If one doesn't do that, then one need not worry.

    Single vents I think are fine, but I much prefer the side vents.
     
  9. Brian SD

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    I like both single and side vents, but I can't go no-vent. It really depends on the fabric and the context. Side vents err on the side of elegance, and uniformity, and create more of a contoured back shape (though, like pointed out earlier if you have a big ass it's too much). Single-vents work well on shorter jackets, and have more of an American appeal to them - perfect if like the 60s American "The Graduate" style. Of course this all only applies if you don't mind jumping around between styles. If you're looking for what compliments your shape best, I think double vents work for most. Ventless is incredibly shapeless.
     
  10. LabelKing

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    Th ventless look tends to be characteristic of Italian styles.
     
  11. Margaret

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    I think double-vented jackets often make it seem like your butt is sticking out.

    Only if your butt sticks out. That's true of single-vented and unvented jackets as well.
     
  12. Bradford

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    I actually quite like ventless jackets - seems much more sophisticated to my eye...
     
  13. Lord Byron

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    The job of a good tailor is to hide physical flaws, whether it be a large rear or curved spine or too much of a belly. So consider the suit and the tailor, not the vent. If you stick your hands in your pants pockets frequently, as I do, get double vents, and the jacket tail will still hang nicely. Double breasted, two button suits lend themselves to no vents or double vents. Double breasted suits with only one button fronts should not be vented, IMO. Personally, the single vent seems to break the cut in the suit in back, but that's just me.
     
  14. Dapper Dandy

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    As a man with a big butt (damn squats...[​IMG] ), I can say that, in order of preference for RTW suits, I prefer single-vented, then double-vented, and no vents last. Double-vents can be pushed open by a prominent butt, thus never appearing to close. But no vents is even worse, as it pulls the quarters so far away from each other that the look of the suit is frequently ruined.

    Lately, I've been wondering if my preference would change if I had something made for me by Chan. Couldn't he adjust the cloth such that there would be room for my butt without pulling the vents? I prefer the look and practicality of double vents if my butt didn't ruin it.

    Sometimes I wonder why I spend so much money and time on weight-lifting, which then requires me to spend more money and time on getting clothes to fit properly. Ectomorphs have it easy. [​IMG]
     
  15. Brian SD

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    interestingly, I've seen a Raf Simons suit where the vents are directly on the sides of the jacket, instead of on the back, at about 1/3 from each side.
     
  16. whoopee

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    Double vents are the most practical and flattering to the figure. Of course, all of these, double, single, or none, often need to be fitted to the body in question to work well. Double vents sticking out is a problem with the particular cut and not inherent to the design.

    Single vents were used on horseback, btw, not double.

    I would always go double but other options are fine. Some (or many) would say that single vents are never appropriate on DBs or dinner jackets.
     
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    Is it possible to have a tailor put vents on a ventless jacket?
     
  18. Margaret

    Margaret Senior member

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    Is it possible to have a tailor put vents on a ventless jacket?

    No, you need extra fabric for overlap.
     
  19. Arethusa

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    I think you could if the jacket were oversized or just cut generously. You'd likely have to end up suppressing the waist and narrowing the sleeves.

    This is all a guess, though; I am not a tailor, obviously.
     
  20. dah328

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    I think a poorly-fitted single-vented jacket is actually worse than a double-vented jacket for guys with big butts. The center vent gapes permanently open across the butt and looks absolutely awful. The flap on the double-vented jacket at least covers the butt.

    dan
     

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