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Pockets on Dress Shirts

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Omar1223, Sep 14, 2007.

  1. Omar1223

    Omar1223 Senior member

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    I joined the forum last month and really like it so far. Everyone is really cool and helpful and I have learned a lot.

    I wanted to know people's opinions on pockets on button down shirts. Should shirts that are going to be worn with suits and to a professional environment always have a pocket? What if your work requires no tie and only nice pants and a dress shirt for work? What about a collared shirt that one wears untucked on the weekend to go out, should pockets be avoided on these.

    Thanks for your help.
     
  2. chorse123

    chorse123 Senior member

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    Glad you're enjoying the forum. You can find answers to a lot of this in old threads on shirt pockets, of which there are certainly many.

    No. A pocket on a dress shirt is not necessary. I'm not a fan because I don't use them, nor do I like the size/placement on most RTW shirts. They're often way too low or way too big. That said, I've had pockets put on the last two shirts I ordered, because they're casual shirts, and I wanted a little novelty.
     
  3. A Canuker

    A Canuker Senior member

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    Shirts that I have made I do not have pockets on. That being said I would say 50% of my store bought ones would have pockets though I preffer the cleaner look of none.

    There was a good thread about a month ago on how to remove pockets on a freshly bought shirt that might be worth a search for.
     
  4. Brian278

    Brian278 Senior member

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    If you're wearing a suit, I don't think it really matters because you wouldn't see it anyway. But as a rule I don't like them on shirts. I like the cleaner look of no pocket, a smooth placket, a clean yoke, and no button-down collar.
     
  5. grimslade

    grimslade Senior member

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    I like them and miss them when I don't have them. But that puts me in an apparent minority around here. I don't base buying decisions on their presence or absence, and they're certainly not required.
     
  6. a-rock

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    if you search older threads you'll find that dress shirts with pockets are considered less formal although you'll find many std american dress shirts come with pockets.

    i never really thought about it until i started reading the forum and now i like the cleaner look of no-pockets. if your shirt isn't perfectly fitted, then the pocket just accentuates the fact that your shirt isn't just right -- pocket too large or too low. never noticed before but now pocketed shirts totally bug me.

    damn you guys...
     
  7. Vintage Gent

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    Shirts that I have made I do not have pockets on.

    Same here. I find them neither necessary nor aesthetically pleasing.
     
  8. GBR

    GBR Senior member

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    I joined the forum last month and really like it so far. Everyone is really cool and helpful and I have learned a lot.

    I wanted to know people's opinions on pockets on button down shirts. Should shirts that are going to be worn with suits and to a professional environment always have a pocket? What if your work requires no tie and only nice pants and a dress shirt for work? What about a collared shirt that one wears untucked on the weekend to go out, should pockets be avoided on these.

    Thanks for your help.



    This is a subject that has been well rehearsed on this forum over the years. - Try searching on it.

    You will find polarised views I am afraid. There are some who see them as a major affront and others like me that would merely say personal choice. a myriad reasons of ugliness through to necessary utility will be given.

    I would suggest that it is up to you BUT if you do use one don't teat it like a filing cabinet and burden it would lots of items.
     
  9. imageWIS

    imageWIS Senior member

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    This is a subject that has been well rehearsed on this forum over the years. - Try searching on it.


    +1

    Jon.
     
  10. MunnyGuy

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    It's all about personal preference.... I just had several shirts made and ordered them without pockets. Not only does it look cleaner in my opinion, sans pocket means one less thing you have to fidget with when Ironing.
     
  11. xchen

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    I usually prefer no pocket, whether or not I plan on wearing the shirt with a suit.
     
  12. Dedalus

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    If I happen to have a soft pack of cigarettes on me, I'd prefer that they be in my shirt pocket. I have too much other stuff to keep in my pants pockets, and they would get crushed anyways.
     
  13. thomaus247

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    It depends on what the shirt is for. If is bought to be worn with a suit - no pocket. The pen goes in the pen pocket on the inside left.

    I am a clerk (at least my roots) in a clothing store, and I don't wear a jacket on the floor. For this reason, most of my shirts have pockets. The ones I order with FC, or to wear to dressier enviroments do not have pockets.

    TM
     
  14. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Sometimes I like them and sometimes I don't. Generally if it is not a buttondown I will not have a pocket put on, but if it is a buttondown I put in on about half the time.

    I tend to put my bridge toll in the chest pocket while I am driving, or I will put people's business cards in there or sometimes something else. I have my breast pockets made to button, so I don't ever put in a pen, but I don't carry a pen anyway.
     
  15. Manton

    Manton Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I like pockets on BD shirts. The shirt looks incomplete to me without it. I don't get pockets on other dress shirts.
     
  16. water

    water Senior member

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    As has been said it is a personal choice. And personally I hate them.
     
  17. LWF

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    Yes, a pocket on a BD Shirt for me.

    No pocket on a dress shirt to be worn with a suit or jacket.

    Casual shirts can go either way for me--depending on what I'm doing. If I need a place to store my sunglasses, if I don't have a coat or jacket, etc.
     
  18. globetrotter

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    for a few years I didn't have them, and that drove me nuts. now I have them on all of my shirts.
     
  19. tiecollector

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    For formalwear or when you need to look really nice I prefer not to have them since they look cleaner. For semi-casual, leisure suit activity I think they look fine and I actually use mine to hold little pieces of paper. I do miss them when I don't have them in the summer especially, because I'll often take my jacket off.
     

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