Originally Posted by iammatt
I am curious as to why you suggest three over two. Personally, I like both, but do prefer three on lighter weight coats. I do agree re good versus bad patch pockets, but unfortunately one sees more bad than good.
To me sportcoats have patch pockets. Period.
I think it's a matter of symmetry and honesty of purpose. When you get side patch pockets only, I think it looks too functional, like youre carrying the mail. Or like you are trying to sneak patch pockets passed people. When you get three, it's an admission that the suit is more relaxed. Which is why I would never get patch pockets on a double breasted suit.
I have one patch pocket suit a medium grey worsted flannel which is like 120s. It has that 1920s RL English estate casual feeling to it. I actually got it for after hours or a "friday" suit.
Which is another thing, I like patch pockets on soft fabrics like tweed and flannel n cashmere. I think on stiffer fabrics like mohair, tonik, fresco etc youre running the risk the pockets will eventually stand away from the suit. In any case, I like soft patch pockets that collapse into the body of the suit, not stand away from it.
I agree with you that I prefer patch pockets on sport coats and polo coats.
i would get flap pockets if I were getting Chorse's suit cloth made up. Of course I dont like windowpane suits that much but then I suppose no one wants to hear that...