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DB Tuxedo - Flapped or Jetted Pockets?

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
I was evaluating my old tuxedo recently for the first time in a while, and found I no longer appreciated the jetted pockets. When I did a search here, I was extremely surprised to find that the few comments I found indicated a distinct preference for jetted vs. flapped pockets on a tuxedo. But on this DB for example (it's not mine), I think the flapped pockets look far better than jetted would.



Am I alone on this?
post #2 of 14
I believe "The Rules" specify that only jetted pockets are appropriate on a tuxedo. I'm willing to be corrected by those with more knowledge/experience than I.
post #3 of 14
Why couldn't one just tuck the flap pockets?

Although, in abstract, I do agree that jetted looks better simply because it's sleeker. Same reason you don't get ticket pockets on DJs.
post #4 of 14
Flap pockets just look more finished.
post #5 of 14
I don't care for jetted pockets in general, but am a traditionalist when it comes to dinner jackets. As such, no flaps.
post #6 of 14
Dinner jacket pockets do not have flaps unless they also have notched lapels. In other words, a style no-no.
post #7 of 14
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Originally Posted by Will
Dinner jacket pockets do not have flaps unless they also have notched lapels. In other words, a style no-no.

My American RTW dinner jacket is from 1932 and is in all respects standard: peak lapel, no vent, with the exception of it having flapped pockets. This may, however, be due to its being only a # 2 or 3 grade suit and flapped pockets being cheaper to manufacture.
post #8 of 14
Thread Starter 
Interesting. Rules notwithstanding, I'm a little surprised that so many people feel that the pictured DJ would look better with jetted pockets. Flapped pockets just seem more 'classic' to me for some reason. Particularly on a DB, where they lend some visual counterbalance to the prominent lapels. I can understand the premise of seeking the sleekest possible look, but in that instance, I think I'd probably just opt for an SB.

Anyway, thanks for the opinions.

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Originally Posted by summej2
My American RTW dinner jacket is from 1932 and is in all respects standard: peak lapel, no vent, with the exception of it having flapped pockets. This may, however, be due to its being only a # 2 or 3 grade suit and flapped pockets being cheaper to manufacture.

Flapped pockets really are cheaper to manufacture? Why is that? Tuck it in, and you essentially have a jetted pocket, so how does a jetted pocket actually require more workmanship than a flap?
post #9 of 14
For the sake of argument...



The full shot was too dark to work with.

BTW, my DB peacoat with huge lapels has non-flapped pockets, and I've never thought it looked odd.
post #10 of 14
You can always have them removed.
post #11 of 14
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by j
For the sake of argument...



The full shot was too dark to work with.

BTW, my DB peacoat with huge lapels has non-flapped pockets, and I've never thought it looked odd.

Nice. Send your resume to Reuters.
post #12 of 14
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Originally Posted by Quirk
Nice. Send your resume to Reuters.


Israeli tuxedo with both flapped AND jetted pockets! Film at 11.
post #13 of 14
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Originally Posted by Quirk

Flapped pockets really are cheaper to manufacture? Why is that? Tuck it in, and you essentially have a jetted pocket, so how does a jetted pocket actually require more workmanship than a flap?

Flapped pockets need not be besom pockets (i.e., with a welt around the opening) and thus require less time to make, whereas a jetted pocket is always (at least as far as I have seen) a besom pocket.
post #14 of 14
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by summej2
Flapped pockets need not be besom pockets (i.e., with a welt around the opening) and thus require less time to make, whereas a jetted pocket is always (at least as far as I have seen) a besom pocket.

Ah, flap with no welt. *Yikes!* Anyway, thanks for the explanation.
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