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Doing away with pockets?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by WJTW, Mar 18, 2005.

  1. WJTW

    WJTW Well-Known Member

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    Hi,

    Do you think it is a good or bad idea to do away with all the external pockets of a suit jacket.

    Ok, perhaps the chest pocket should stay -- where else can you put a pocket square -- but what about removing just the lower two side pockets?

    WJTW
     
  2. naturlaut

    naturlaut Senior member

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    Err... no. IMO, the jacket will look naked without the pockets.

    However, unless you are talking about shirt/jacket, which has a shirt collar instead of a lapel, then it's ok. And in that case, I'd prefer either no chest pocket or patch chest pocket.
     
  3. misterbowles

    misterbowles Senior member

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  4. thelakes

    thelakes Active Member

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    Unless you work at the cage in a casino. You have to sew them up anyways.
     
  5. VMan

    VMan Senior member

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    I think it adds some nice detail. I could see how a really sleek, slim designer suit could work without the pockets. Sort of a mod approach. But in general, for any sort of professional situation, the pockets add a great deal of necessary balance.

    I do have a Jil Sander suit that lacks the breast pocket, aka the 'pocket-square pocket'. I do like it quite a bit - slim cut, narrow lapels. I think it works well in this instance. However, it does have the normal flap pockets.
     
  6. imageWIS

    imageWIS Senior member

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    Hmm, I can envision a one-off 2-piece suit, with flat front pants and jacket sans pockets, w/ double venting.

    Obviously the applications for the use of such a suit are minimal; it would work well for going out nocturnally.

    Jon.
     
  7. ernest

    ernest Senior member

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    bad
     
  8. Hoya Saxa

    Hoya Saxa Senior member

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    Check out John Varvatos suits the next time you're at Saks/Barneys/etc. -- many of his suits have no front chest pocket. It gives the suit a more modern feel.

    Cheers,

    Hoya
     
  9. Will

    Will Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    In this case, "modern" is being used to excuse an offense against style.
     

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