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Are ventless lounge suits a fashion fad or a classic style?I only ask because I am considering pulling the trigger on a suit,but it is ventless and all of my suits (save dinner jackets) are either side or center vented.
 

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Classic Style. But in this case, it' something you should think about before pulling the trigger. Up until the mid-30's, ventless was common. ALong came a single vent, then double. And with that came increasing degrees of comfort.

I personally agree that a ventless coat, especially DB, is quite flattering on the right figure.

But having tried on a few, sitting, getting out of a car, etc. becomes a bit of a new adventure. I may get around to making a ventless DB some day. :teacha:

Do you ever, out of habit, put your hands in you pant pockets? Ventless means you hike up all the material to get your hand in there.
 

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I have had ventless DB's (I prefer them that way),so I may not have much trouble with the adjustment,although I've never had a 3BSB button ventless.I may still go for it since ventless isn't a fashiony thing.On a side note,I read somewhere (FedoraLounge maybe?) where this kid had gotten a suit and had asked (among other questions) if it would be possible to use the left over material from hemming to make a center vent.Doubtful,but still an interesting question.Oh,and I usually don't put my hands in my pockets unless the jacket is unbuttoned (ie, hardly ever).

Classic Style. But in this case, it' something you should think about before pulling the trigger. Up until the mid-30's, ventless was common. ALong came a single vent, then double. And with that came increasing degrees of comfort.

I personally agree that a ventless coat, especially DB, is quite flattering on the right figure.

But having tried on a few, sitting, getting out of a car, etc. becomes a bit of a new adventure. I may get around to making a ventless DB some day. :teacha:

Do you ever, out of habit, put your hands in you pant pockets? Ventless means you hike up all the material to get your hand in there.
 

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Ventless suits are classic and more formal than ones with vents. But I find that vents make the suit more comfortable and allow it to hang better. But make sure the skirt isn't too tight. IMO, Sports coats should always have vents, or at least a pleated back. Sports coats should be easy to move around in.
 

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I like suits in all 3 styles. As Cruiser says, the ventless jackets give a very sleek line. I like all my jackets a little shorter than average, as I believe it gives me a little bit of needed height. For some reason, ventless jackets to my eye look better on the short side.
 

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I think there's a place for a ventless suit in a gentleman's wardrobe. Not for an everyday business suit, but when you want to be a little more dressed-up. I have just one, which I seldom wear, but I find perfect for special occasions when I don't want to look as if I'm wearing a work suit.
 

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Ventless jackets were popular in the 80s ....

when the button stance on suits was much lower, alowing a lot of tie to show. Ventless for formal wear is fine, or a db, but is not good for most suits or sport jackets. The worst thing about ventless is that getting in a car can be a problem, especially if you drive a sports car with bucket seats.
 

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The worst thing about ventless is that getting in a car can be a problem, especially if you drive a sports car with bucket seats.
I've never had a problem with this and over the years I've owned an RX-7 and a 280Z while my current 'weekend' car is a Mustang convertible. I never found my ventless jackets to be more or less of a problem in this regard than I did the ones with a center vent.

I really can't tell any difference in the two styles based on how they feel or function while wearing them. The only difference I notice is how they look when I look in a mirror and for whatever reason the ventless jackets tend to look better on me. If I need to put my hands in my pockets or on my hips I pull the jacket back rather than lifting it up regardless of which style I have on so there is essentially no difference.

Personally I like both styles. If I buy a suit or sport coat with vent(s) and I think that it looks OK on me, I leave the vent(s) as is. If not, I have the vent(s) closed. It's pretty much six of one and a half dozen of the other to me.

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If it fits . . .

. . . wear it! I've only had a couple ventless suits. I liked the way they looked, and Cruiser is right about "sleekness." However, I would hesitate now, as I am not as slim as I was when wearing those. It seems to me that, if you like the way it looks and "moves" on you, just do it!
 

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How complex is the procedure of closing the vents? Never really liked vents, and it's a shame that it's so popular. Can't really say that I find ventless jackets more uncomfortable.

I think a vented jacket also tends to make the silhouette more pear shaped, but that's probably just me.
 

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How complex is the procedure of closing the vents?
I'm not a tailor, but apparently it is a relatively simple procedure. My tailor charges $38 to do this and I think that is on the high end of the spectrum. I've had this done about ten times over the years on both solid and patterned jackets, and you would never know they ever had vents in them.

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I don't generally like ventless jackets. It's like uncuffed trousers or flapless hip pockets- fine on semi-formal, cheesy-looking on informal attire. The only way I can see where a ventless jacket would be aesthetically preferable on a suit would be if you went the whole nine yards on formal details, including peaked lapels and a vest: sort of "stroller suit."
 

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I don't generally like ventless jackets. It's like uncuffed trousers or flapless hip pockets- fine on semi-formal, cheesy-looking on informal attire. The only way I can see where a ventless jacket would be aesthetically preferable on a suit would be if you went the whole nine yards on formal details, including peaked lapels and a vest: sort of "stroller suit."
I have all three styles. I have started feeling very much like Wyvern here. I had a suit made with a single vent and then started loving side vents. I wear them all, but will never buy a ventless suit again unless it's a tux. Plain cuffs and cuffs, however, I will always wear both.
 

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Most of my suits are ventless, I prefer them that way. Ive had my tailor close up vents before on my suits, and they have come out perfect.
 

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Are ventless lounge suits a fashion fad or a classic style?I only ask because I am considering pulling the trigger on a suit,but it is ventless and all of my suits (save dinner jackets) are either side or center vented.
A classic style that, along with giant shoulder pads, has become associated with the 1980s. I've noticed that there are often good deals to be had on ventless suits. It's a good look so long as you keep your hands out of your pockets. I like them because they encourage me not to.
 

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A classic style that, along with giant shoulder pads, has become associated with the 1980s.
By who? I've always associated ventless jackets with the 50's. Watch any of the old TV shows from the late 50's and early 60's, and you will see ventless suit coats galore. One that always stood out for me was Ward Cleaver (Leave it to Beaver) and his snug fitting ventless jackets that literally hugged his body. I like a little bit more room in mine. :icon_smile:

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