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What are the "quarters" of a jacket?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by RedLantern, Aug 3, 2008.

  1. RedLantern

    RedLantern Senior member

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    In my time here I have yet to figure out what the quarters on a jacket are. My guess is that it is the space between the outside edge of the label and start of the sleeve, ie; a jacket with open quarters has the sleeves of the jacket set back and closed quarters has the sleeves set forward?
     


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    In my time here I have yet to figure out what the quarters on a jacket are. My guess is that it is the space between the outside edge of the label and start of the sleeve, ie; a jacket with open quarters has the sleeves of the jacket set back and closed quarters has the sleeves set forward?

    Quarters are the part of the jacket where each breast piece comes together below the bottom front button. Closed quarters are like on a sack suit, there's basically no opening. Open quarters are when the jacket kind of gives an upsidedown "V" . Hope thats clear....
     


  3. RedLantern

    RedLantern Senior member

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    Ah, thanks. But wont the quarters be partially determined by the man's body shape? For instance being pear shaped, every jacket I wear has an inverted V below the button because I have enormous hips/ass.
     


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    teddieriley Senior member

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    Ah, thanks. But wont the quarters be partially determined by the man's body shape? For instance being pear shaped, every jacket I wear has an inverted V below the button because I have enormous hips/ass.
    Sure, if you do made-to-measure or bespoke, you can make the determination what looks better on you and ask the suit maker to open or close the quarters. On RTW, that will be pre-determined by the brand/model of the suit. Some jacket quarters are more open while others are, by default, more closed. I'm not sure if you're suggesting that a pear shaped bottom would cause the quarters to open more, but I would imagine, that if were the case, the jacket wouldn't be draping properly and isn't cut well for your body type. But whether quarters are open or closed is based on how it's cut, not what the person's body does to the jacket, if that makes sense.
     


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    Omar1223 Senior member

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    thanks for the link omar - that about answers it. now moving on....
     


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