According to GQ’s complete “How to Buy a Suit” guide, once you have conquered how many buttons you’ll need on your suit jacket, the next feature to consider is the number of vents on the back of your mens suit. But between dual side vents, a center vent, and no vent at all, the decision as to which type of cut to purchase can be a tough one.
Vents definitely come and go with the fickle wind of fashion. The no-vent look was commonly seen on mens suits during the golden age of Hollywood films. This is because no vents were, and still are, very photogenic. According to GQ’s, the “25 Most Stylish Films of All Time,” actor Cary Grant wore a no-vent suit in the 1959 movie, North by Northwest. This classic suit spawned many reproductions over the years, including a similar suit for Tom Cruise in the movie Collateral and a suit for Ben Affleck in Paycheck. In the late 80s and early 90s, no vents became the traditional look for business suits everywhere. If you are looking to sport this look, you will find many affordable ventless suits at Menswear eCollection.com.
If you are looking to purchase a suit that combines practicality with style, you have two choices: a center-vent suit or a suit with dual side vents. According to GQ, you can never go wrong with a center-vent suit jacket. This is an American look, considered both modern and traditional. However, for a classic look that is, according to GQ, a bit more suave, consider dual side vents. Dual side vents is the standard look of fine British tailored suits. In addition to the aesthetic value of creating vents on the back of the suit jacket, the practical purpose was most likely to allow the wearer to sit down without crinkling the jacket. With double side vents, a man of action can sit just about anywhere and even ride a horse without wrinkling his suit jacket! Looking for this suave European look? Menswear eCollection features several stylish wholesale suits with dual side vents and much more.