A Guide to Understanding The Jacket & Suit Vents - A Hand Tailored Suit

A Guide to Understanding The Jacket & Suit Vents

What Are Suit Vents?

Vents are the slits in the back of a suit jacket that allow air to flow through and keep you cool. They've been around since the 1930s, but their function remains largely unchanged--they reduce feeling of constriction while moving or sitting, prevent fabric from bunching up at the bottom of your back, and offer smooth access to pockets.

Why Does The Jacket Vent Matter?

The suit vent is a small detail that can make a big difference in the overall look of your suit. It's not just about personal preference, though; there are actually some practical considerations to take into account when deciding which type of vent you want on your jacket. The most common breasted and double-breasted, with each type appearing in two configurations: centre or side vents.
Single-breasted jackets feature one row of buttons down their fronts (or sometimes none at all), while double-breasted jackets have two rows--one on either side--and may or may not have buttons at all four corners depending on whether they're cutaway or notched lapels. When it comes down to choosing between these two styles for yourself, think about what kind of guy you want others perceive when they see you wearing one: modern or traditional? If it's more important for others' impressions about who "you" are than anything else then go ahead and pick whichever option feels right; otherwise keep reading below!

The 3 Types Of Suit Vents


Single Vent
The single vent is the most traditional and common suit jacket vent. It's found on most suits, including those made by brands like Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein. The reason why this type of venting works so well is because it leaves room for movement in your arms while still maintaining an elegant look.

Double Vent
The double-vented jacket has two vents on its rear that allow for more freedom of movement than a single-vented one does--and it also looks very stylish! This style can be found on many designer brands' suits, including Armani Collezioni (AC), Hugo Boss Black Label (HBL) and Ermenegildo Zegna Couture Collection (ECC). If you want something with a little more flair than what's offered by single-or vented jackets but don't want to go full throttle with three or four vents like those found on blazers or sport coats



Single Suit Vent

You're probably already familiar with a single suit vent, as it's the most common style you see on off-the-rack suits. The single vent looks like a small slit in the back of your jacket that allows air to flow through and cool you down. It can be found on both single-breasted and double-breasted jackets, but if you're looking for something more formal than your standard buttoned-up blazer then go for double vents instead (see below).
Single vents are often considered an American style because they were popularized by American tailors during the Civil War era when men wanted their garments to be more practical than ornate--and therefore less likely to get caught on things while fighting or riding horses across battlefields! If you're tall or broad shouldered, this type of vent will help give some extra space behind your shoulders without making them look too bulky--which can happen with other types of vents if they're not properly tailored.

Double Suit Vent


The double suit vent is a classic sign of British tailoring lineage. It's also more time and cost to produce, which makes it an ideal choice for the guy who wants to stand out from the crowd.
The double vent has two vertical pleats on each side of your jacket, which can be seen through both sides of your coat when fully opened. This style is perfect if you want to show off some extra flair in your wardrobe without going overboard--but be warned: this type of vent will take some getting used to before it becomes second nature!

Ventless Jacket

Ventless jackets are only appropriate for formalwear. Specifically, they're a handsome and classic choice for black tie. The ventless jacket is the only style that can be worn with a tuxedo jacket; it has no vents at all. It's also commonly seen on the backs of tailcoats and morning coats, though these are typically less formal than black tie attire.
The lack of vents makes sense when you consider how much heat would build up inside your body if there were openings in front or back--and then again on each side! Ventless jackets don't allow air flow like other styles do; instead, they rely on their stiffness (usually achieved by stiff padding) to keep them from collapsing around their wearer's body shape while still allowing room for movement within their confines

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  • The centre vent is the most classic look, and it's also the easiest to wear. It's a great option for guys who want their suits to sharp without drawing too much attention to themselves.

  • Side vents are more modern and give off a more relaxed vibe than centre vents do--but they're still appropriate in business settings if you're wearing them with a button-down shirt or tie (and not just t-shirts).

  • Bottom line: If you want something that looks good but isn't too flashy, go for centre vents!


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