The suit makes the man, the details make the team. From buttons to collar types and pockets, it is well documented that the front of a suit jacket is rich with opportunities for choice, adding a personal touch. Besides its personalization potential, the front of the suit is the part you see most often when admiring your elegant self in the mirror and in photos. But that's just you! Other people need to look behind your suit, too. And there's a key design feature at the back that deserves some attention, especially the part that covers your hips: the suit jacket vent.

What is a Suit Vent and Why is it Important?

A suit vent is a vertical opening that extends upward from the bottom hem on the back of a suit jacket or blazer. Suit vent were designed in ancient times to provide room for movement and flexibility for people wearing suits. Back in the day when gentlemen spent their days riding horses, a suit jacket that looked good and kept its shape without wrinkling was essential. Thus, the vent of the suit jacket were designed. These additional openings in the coat allowed for ease of movement while riding their horses and greater comfort in the saddle. The separation created by these openings also helped the jacket cover the sides of the rider's hips more gracefully, rather than bunching up or crumpling under the armpit. Today, very few people among us pay attention to these details and dress appropriately. However, the choice between suit vent types remains a fundamental decision in traditional tailoring. Their functional purposes remained largely unchanged. The vent of the suit reduce the feeling of constriction when moving or sitting, prevent the fabric from bunching and provide smooth access to your trouser pockets without compromising the form of the jacket. There are some personal preferences when choosing vents for your jacket. Suit vent generally appear in two configurations: single vent or double vent.

Single Vent Jackets and Suits

The single vent is located in the middle of the back of the jacket skirt. It's a simple, versatile vent style that works in many situations. Since its rise to popularity among Ivy League types in the mid-20th century, the single-vent jacket has often been considered "American style" and is common on many suits, as well as casual blazers and sports jackets. Single-vent jackets work for all body types, but if you're larger or have an athletic build, they may work especially well for you. Overall, the single-vent style is a good all-purpose style for those looking for comfort or those who are used to wearing sleek, more casual looks in their everyday wardrobe.
Recommendation: A suit with a single vent will be a style that can look sharp as long as it fits you well, a more casual look can be achieved.

Double Vent Jackets and Suits

Double vent are openings on both sides of the back skirt of the jacket. Double-vent jackets and suits are often associated with British tailoring, giving the wearer a more sophisticated and European edge to the style. The production of double-vent jackets naturally requires more time and more cost. For this reason, they tend to be found more frequently in premium ready-to-wear brands, as well as in bespoke suits. Double-vent suits become an ideal choice for men who want to stand out and be seen as a style enthusiast. Other than those mentioned above, most body types will find this style flattering.
Recommendation: Double vent suits are a more sophisticated and stylish option and are our go-to look for most gentlemen at Nazef.

Jackets and Suits Without Ventless

Jackets without vents are not as common as those with single or double vents. As the name suggests, a ventless jacket has no openings. Ventless jackets create a seamless silhouette that tends to look more formal, and works best with black tuxedo jackets. While some style experts say that the ventless style should be limited to tuxedos, others say that ventless suits can work very well on those with slim, petite body types. Without a noticeable slit, a seamless silhouette can make you look taller and slimmer. However, the lack of ventless eliminates some of the mobility. And if you tend to put your hands in your pockets, this will completely change the look of your unslit jacket and probably won't be the right choice for your suit.
Recommendationcan be preferred when choosing a tuxedo.