What style to use for buttoning pants pockets?

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  1. jmatt

    jmatt Senior member

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    I'm having a custom suit made. One choice I never thought about was the rear pocket closure.

    1) No button
    2) Button through a button hole
    3) Button with a tab closure (not sure formal name)

    Which should I use? Same for both pockets?

    I should note that I NEVER put anything in the back pockets of a pair of pants. Because of this, my inclination was to avoid buttons entirely to keep a sleeker look.

    Any and all thoughts are appreciated.
     


  2. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    If you NEVER use the pockets, you might want to skip them both. Or at least skip one. As to buttons, I would definitely not do a flap. I prefer the cut-through button myself, as jetted back pockets tend to sag over time.
     


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    alflauren Senior member

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    On men's trousers, I personally think that at least one pocket is necessary. No pockets makes me think of the backs of women's trousers.
     


  4. johnnynorman

    johnnynorman Well-Known Member

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    If you never use them, maybe do jetted but keep them sewn shut? I too dislike the look of pocketless pants because they make them look too feminine.
     


  5. Renault78law

    Renault78law Senior member

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    If you never use them, maybe do jetted but keep them sewn shut? I too dislike the look of pocketless pants because they make them look too feminine.
    agreed.

    p.s. glad to see your back! starting over again? again?
     


  6. jmatt

    jmatt Senior member

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    I'd never use a flap. I was trying to desribe the system where there's a little loop of fabric just above the pocket, and the button itself is permanently mounted to the outside of the pant. I don't know what to call that version though.

    What do people think about the "loop"?
     


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    j (stands for Jerk) Admin

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    I'd never use a flap. I was trying to desribe the system where there's a little loop of fabric just above the pocket, and the button itself is permanently mounted to the outside of the pant. I don't know what to call that version though.

    What do people think about the "loop"?

    The loop is kind of a pain to use. I think the button through is the best option. I personally would not go without both back pockets, even if you just never use them or even leave them sewn shut. Pants lacking one or more back pockets do look feminine to me as well. (NTTATWWT).
     


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    I'm not a big fan of the loop, but I like that a few of my trousers have it. You know, variety and all that. I prefer the button through.
     


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    agreed.

    p.s. glad to see your back! starting over again? again?


    I feel like Bill Murray.
     


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    I like two button-through pockets but I never put anything in them.
     


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    Stuttjukken Well-Known Member

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    Button through a button hole is the most correct for suit trousers, but I prefer button with a tab closure. Go for 2 rear pockets, not only one. I´m using them both.
     


  12. GBR

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    Two back pockets are a must whether you use them or not. Always get button/hole ie button through.


    Tabs and flaps just look dam ugly.

    Always fasten the buttons and replace them if one should come off.
     


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    I have it on a number of tailors' authority that the advantage of the loop is that they stand up better to wear, whereas a buttonhole creates the risk of tearing. If you weren't going to put anything in the pocket, this might be less. That said, jetted and sewn shut seems the best idea in that case.
     


  14. GBR

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    I have it on a number of tailors' authority that the advantage of the loop is that they stand up better to wear, whereas a buttonhole creates the risk of tearing. If you weren't going to put anything in the pocket, this might be less. That said, jetted and sewn shut seems the best idea in that case.


    Seems odd advice to me: I have had button/hole for the last 30 or more years and have never had one tear - nor have I ever seen one torn. Loops on the other do sometimes come out at one end.


    Could it be that the button hole costs more in time?
     


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    Seems odd advice to me: I have had button/hole for the last 30 or more years and have never had one tear - nor have I ever seen one torn. Loops on the other do sometimes come out at one end.


    Could it be that the button hole costs more in time?


    Perhaps. I have had a torn buttonhole on one pair of fine wool trousers.

    The point was first made to me by a very reputable bespoke tailor, discussing the finer points of how handmade trousers can excel, so I didn't see it as being about time-saving at all..
     


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