Vents..how many

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  1. hklouis

    hklouis Member

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    being fairly new to this forum, i must apologise if this topic has been touched upon before...

    what i want to know is how many vents (0,1, or 2) should a formal suit jacket have. is this subject purely to trend, or does occassion (and perhaps cut and colour) factor into consideration?

    looking at the suits that i have worn recently, they are all single vented...is this the current norm?
     


  2. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    There is no norm.  There is something of a geographical preference (Americans = center, English = side, Italian fashion = none, Italian classic = side, Other Europeans = none) but even that is far from monolithic.

    I think it is safe to say that more sophisticated dressers (or, less charitably, men with an unhealthy obsession with clothing) prefer side vents.  This was not always the case -- no vents used to get the nod.  It used to be somewhat rare to see side-vented coats made ready-to-wear, but they are now so ubiquitous that some people are getting sick of them.  Center vents I think have always been in third place.

    Personally, I always get side vents.  I like the way they look, and I like the way they perform.
     


  3. johnnynorman3

    johnnynorman3 Senior member

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    What do you mean "formal suit jacket"? Are you talking about a tux? If so, then either none or side -- never center. No vents probably more formal. If you are talking about a normal suit coat, then just say "suit coat." No need to pigeonhole the suit by calling it formal. [​IMG] See Manton's answer. Over time, I've found I favor double vents, more for functionality than looks (though I like the look as well).
     


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    Panzeraxe Senior member

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    If by 'formal suit' you mean a biz suit I would opt for the side vents - they look better than the other two options (though I hate how RTW manufacturers are adding side vents and ticket pockets to their jackets).

    Panzer
     


  5. hklouis

    hklouis Member

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    sorry..did not mean tux...
    i mean..as you put it 'suit coat'...
    i used 'formal' as to not to confuse with 'not so formal' suits as worn in the Miami Vice tv series....not sure if anyone remembers that show...
     


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    How many vents? No more than 2.
     


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    2 or 1, in order of preference. Hate non-vented coats since they are less comfortable when sitting or when putting hands in pockets.
     


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    Alias Senior member

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    I don't like single-vented jackets for some reason. Maybe it's because, to me, the single vent visually interrupts the back. Or maybe it's because I've seen too many single-vented jackets with badly done waist surpression, so that the single vent gapes open.
     


  9. Luc-Emmanuel

    Luc-Emmanuel Senior member

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    It's been a while since I saw an "italian fashion" jacket with no vents. Maybe it's the "italian fashion" sold in the US.

    .luc
     


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    RJman Posse Member Dubiously Honored

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    (Manton @ May 24 2005,06:23) There is no norm. Â There is something of a geographical preference (Americans = center, English = side, Italian fashion = none, Italian classic = side, Other Europeans = none) but even that is far from monolithic.
    It's been a while since I saw an "italian fashion" jacket with no vents. Maybe it's the "italian fashion" sold in the US. .luc
    Ventless Eyetalian = definitely somewhat of an 80s thing -- I think the estimable Bruce Boyer mentions it in his fantastic fin-de-decennie book Eminently Suitable.
     


  11. mack11211

    mack11211 Senior member

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    Most people on the board actually prefer the triple [center and side] vented jackets, which are especially cool in the summer.

    Few will admit it of course, until you post a picture of yourself in a triple vented model.  Then you'll be 'in the club.'
     


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    There's room for two more in the front too.
     


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