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Pockets & details for an MTM suit

highball

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So I'm looking to order my first ever MTM suit from Get Smart. I'm going to go for something along the lines of his more conservative cut in a navy wool but I am unsure of some of the details I want the suit to have. The suit will be for business, mostly worn at after-work professional events in my industry and the occasional interview so I don't want it to be too outlandish. That being said I am obviously still going for a much more modern cut than the average business suit. If it helps, I'm 23, work in real estate development and am in NYC.

I'm wondering about how appropriate some of the following details are on a business suit:

- Slanted jacket pockets"”I like the look of them, and already have a suit I wear for business that has them, but for some reason they seem more casual to me
- Ticket pocket"”is there anything going for or against this on a business suit? How about one that overlaps the main pocket?
- "˜Frog-mouth' trouser pockets"”My inclination is to go with the traditional side-entry pockets since they are the most common, though I wouldn't be opposed to doing frog-mouth in the future
- 2.5" notch lapel"”is this too skinny for professional wear? Should I go up to 3"?
- Sleeve length"”how much cuff would be too much to show on a suit like this?
- Jacket Length"”what is the shortest I can go on the jacket without the suit going from looking stylish & modern to overly trendy? For reference I'm 5'7" and typically around 37S jacket size.​
Thanks everyone, I'm looking forward to hearing any input you can provide.
 

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For a work suit, I'd steer clear of hacking pockets and an overlapping ticket pocket. A regular ticket pocket is fine. A 2.75" lapel is fine.
 

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Thanks, bigbjorn. Any opinions on sleeve length and jacket length?
 

Cary Grant

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I think that slant/hacking pockets on a contempo fit would look fine.

No ticket pocket though- I'd keep that to less "utilitarian" suit.

I'd also keep lengths to "standard" versus the trendier "short" lengths.

re: frog mouth... I'm not a fan of that specific style but I do like the "ranch" pocket... I'm having a double-breasted made now with ranch pockets on the pant. For your purposes, probably keep it standard.

Have you decided on the trouser? Falt front or pleats? cuffs or no? Personlly- if you are trim, at 23, no cuffs/no pleats is a great look.

Think about your back pockets too. Go with one if you can, gives it a nice look. And have you thought about the interior coat pockets? Not a biggie but you'll have some interesting choices there too.

And even if you keep the suit prett traditional, you could certainly try something more daring with the suit lining.
 

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If the suit is for business, I suggest that you stick with traditional details as much as possible. I don't care for ticket pockets, but they have been around for a long time. I would skip the hacking pockets.

The proper length for a jacket is one that covers you butt. Has been so for a long time, probably will be so for a long time in the future.

You should show between 1/4 to 1/2 inch of shirt below your jacket cuff. The easiest way to get all your jackets the same is, after you have determined the proper sleeve length, measure the end of the sleeve to the tip of your thumb and then have all your jackets tailored the same. Don't have your jacket sleeves adjusted for a shirt - have your shirts altered for your proper fitting jackets.

Cuffs and pleats are a personal preference. I prefer the former and not the later, but either is okay.

Omitting back trouser pockets give the garment a feminine look and having just one looks back pocket looks as if the trousers were not finished.

Cheers, Jim.
 

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Originally Posted by JimInSoCalif
Omitting back trouser pockets give the garment a feminine look
It's by Miss Terious.
 

Cary Grant

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Originally Posted by JimInSoCalif
Omitting back trouser pockets give the garment a feminine look and having just one looks back pocket looks as if the trousers were not finished.


Nonsense.
 

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