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Rounded Breast Pocket on Suit: Yes or No?

post #1 of 19
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I just made my first visit to Chan in NY to get measured for a suit. Patrick asked me if I wanted a rounded breast pocket rather than angled and I said yes. But now I wonder if that is too casual for a sharkskin suit. His suit had that style pocket and it did not strike me as beyond the pale. But what do I know? I figured a pocket square would sit better. What does the jury say? I still have time to change the order. He also convinced me to go for working buttonholes. But that's another story.
post #2 of 19
What do you mean by "rounded" and "angled?"
post #3 of 19
Barchetta?
post #4 of 19
Thread Starter 
From my limited understanding I guess you'd call it Barchetta.
post #5 of 19
Yes, if you like the style because that could give PS a different look from the english style

It is nor causal or formal, probably over thinking
post #6 of 19
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Originally Posted by F. Corbera View Post

What do you mean by "rounded" and "angled?"


I'm about to ask this one too.

post #7 of 19
Thread Starter 
Sorting through my conversation with Patrick he mentioned giving me a soft shoulder and a Neapolitan-styled breast pocket, something akin to this:
http://www.tumblr.com/photo/1280/banis/18491491987/1/tumblr_m05m4k8CEF1qexpu3 as opposed to this:
http://banis.smugmug.com/photos/i-kk2TmD9/0/O/i-kk2TmD9.jpg
post #8 of 19
Regarding your two pocket examples, the first is a patch pocket and is casual, too casual for a sharkskin suit.
The second is a welt pocket done barchetta style.
Two different animals.
Is this the comparison of pocket styles you meant by saying rounded and angled?
post #9 of 19

Now I'm confused with rounded/angled.

post #10 of 19
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Originally Posted by Despos View Post

Regarding your two pocket examples, the first is a patch pocket and is casual, too casual for a sharkskin suit.
The second is a welt pocket done barchetta style.
Two different animals.
Is this the comparison of pocket styles you meant by saying rounded and angled?

Yes, I believe so. My bad on the nomenclature. I think I will check with Chan to make sure that I get the proper pocket.
post #11 of 19
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Originally Posted by ltontheqt View Post

From my limited understanding I guess you'd call it Barchetta.

and it does not look very good either.
post #12 of 19
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Originally Posted by GBR View Post

and it does not look very good either.

So what does?
post #13 of 19
Want to help you sort this out. Need the facts.

You ordered a suit to be made with sharkskin cloth. Do you want this to be a suit for business, social events or somewhat casual wear?

Sharkskin has a dressier finish and would best be worn for business or social events. With this in mind it would be wise to get the lower pockets with flaps and a regular welt breast pocket. If it has a curved shape, that's fine. The curved shape is common from Italian tailors and called a barchetta.

The first breast pocket picture you linked in your previous post is a patch pocket. The cloth is cut out and applied to the outside of the suiting fabric. To make a patch pocket on the chest of the jacket should only be done if you are having the patch pocket style for the lower pockets. When you order patch pockets on the lower part of the jacket, you have an option to use a patch pocket on the chest or a welt. Three patch pockets is the most casual configuration, mostly seen on sport coats and odd jackets. Two lower patch and a breast welt is a compromise of both styles. Occasionally you will see suits made with 3 patch pockets but it's unusual to see this with a dressier sharkskin cloth because it is a style that adapts to more casual types of cloth.

I doubt Patrick would have asked you if you want a patch pocket on the chest unless you wanted patch for the lower pockets so he may have been asking you a different question than what you understood or thought he was asking.

Would be good for you to email Patrick and ask him to confirm the details of the style for the suit you ordered so you will be happy with the results and get a suit styled according to your needs. If you are still uncertain after contacting Patrick, send him a picture of the look and details you want.
post #14 of 19
How about patch breast, barchetta hips, and flapped hacking ticket pocket?

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post #15 of 19
Is that the champagne talking?
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