• I'm happy to introduce the Styleforum Happy Hour, our brand new podcast featuring lively discussion about menswear and the fashion industry. In the inaugural edition, a discussion of what's going on in retail today. Please check it out on the Journal. All episodes will be also be available soon on your favorite podcast platform.

  • STYLE. COMMUNITY. GREAT CLOTHING.

    Bored of counting likes on social networks? At Styleforum, you’ll find rousing discussions that go beyond strings of emojis.

    Click Here to join Styleforum's thousands of style enthusiasts today!

What's more "traditional," Center Vent or Double Vent?

Dinky89484

Senior Member
Joined
Dec 20, 2010
Messages
101
Reaction score
0
When searching for a suit that lasts the test of time and can go beyond today's trend (slimmer lapels, less boxy, low rise pants/trousers, etc...), would you get a single center vent or a double vent for a suit?
 

anginaprinzmetal

Distinguished Member
Joined
Oct 27, 2010
Messages
1,551
Reaction score
99
It depends. I'd say in general double vent, but again that's just my personal opinion.
 

amplifiedheat

Distinguished Member
Joined
May 16, 2009
Messages
1,419
Reaction score
8
The visual difference is fairly minimal, and there's ample precedent for both. (Also for unvented, but I'm a hands-in-pockets guy.) Side vents generally look a bit sharper, though they are also more likely to gape.
 

mack11211

Distinguished Member
Joined
Sep 28, 2004
Messages
6,469
Reaction score
79
Traditions are culturally and geographically specific.

For the Americans, it's a center vent.

For the English, it's a double vent.

For the French and the Italians, it may be a double vent or it may be none at all.

I prefer a double vent but have all the styles among my various coats.
 

pvrhye

Distinguished Member
Joined
Dec 23, 2010
Messages
1,757
Reaction score
14
Originally Posted by Dinky89484
When searching for a suit that lasts the test of time and can go beyond today's trend (slimmer lapels, less boxy, low rise pants/trousers, etc...), would you get a single center vent or a double vent for a suit?

A double lets you reach your pockets much easier. Single supposedly gives a more muscular looking fit, but I'm not sold on it.
 

Matt S

Senior Member
Joined
Nov 30, 2009
Messages
923
Reaction score
15
Single vent for single-breasted jackets and double vent for double-breasted jackets are most traditional. That said, I prefer double vents on everything, and double vents will never look out-dated. Savile Row tailors were mostly making their suits with double vents through the 80s and 90s when the trendy Italian suits were made without vents and the traditional American suits were made with single vents. The only thing you can go wrong with is putting a single vent on a double breasted jacket. That was occasionally done in the 90s by American makers who thought a single vent would look more conservative.
 

Despos

Distinguished Member
Dubiously Honored
Joined
Mar 16, 2006
Messages
6,517
Reaction score
1,861
If by traditional you mean a sack type suit, they would take a center vent. Center or side vents are neither traditional or trendy, they serve a function. Center vents open and are better when you are on horseback. Side vents allow easy access to front or back trouser pockets while keeping your seat covered. A more elegant effect.
 

chevron

Well-Known Member
Joined
Oct 28, 2010
Messages
69
Reaction score
16
Whichever you find more functional, both are equally correct.
 

Mr. Lee

Senior Member
Joined
Sep 28, 2010
Messages
414
Reaction score
1
Originally Posted by mack11211
Traditions are culturally and geographically specific.

For the Americans, it's a center vent.

For the English, it's a double vent.

For the French and the Italians, it may be a double vent or it may be none at all.

I prefer a double vent but have all the styles among my various coats.


This guy got it right all around!
 

NORE

Distinguished Member
Joined
Dec 3, 2010
Messages
5,497
Reaction score
304
Traditional or not, I'll take 2 vents over 1 any day.
 

NickPollica

Distinguished Member
Affiliate Vendor
Joined
Jun 16, 2010
Messages
2,771
Reaction score
6,886
Originally Posted by Mr. Lee
This guy got it right all around!

+1 although side vents just seem more comfortable/elegant to me.
 

amplifiedheat

Distinguished Member
Joined
May 16, 2009
Messages
1,419
Reaction score
8
Originally Posted by mack11211
Traditions are culturally and geographically specific.

For the Americans, it's a center vent.

For the English, it's a double vent.

For the French and the Italians, it may be a double vent or it may be none at all.


From what I hear, James Brown sometimes preferred the triple vent.
 

ALFAMALE

Distinguished Member
Joined
May 26, 2009
Messages
1,127
Reaction score
8
Originally Posted by mack11211
Traditions are culturally and geographically specific.

For the Americans, it's a center vent.

For the English, it's a double vent.

For the French and the Italians, it may be a double vent or it may be none at all.


that.
 

Featured Sponsor

What's your favorite pair of shoes to wear with jeans? (Choose two)

  • Boots (Chelsea, Chukkas, Balmorals, etc.)

  • Loafers

  • Work boots (Red Wing, Wolverine, etc.)

  • Monk strap shoes

  • Oxford / Derby shoes

  • Sneakers


Results are only viewable after voting.

Related Threads

Staff online

Forum statistics

Threads
427,189
Messages
9,193,926
Members
193,097
Latest member
Primerth857

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by

Top