Suits and Pockets

Suits should have at least three pockets, one on each pocket and one on the left breast. One thing of note for all pockets on mass produced suits is that they are often sewn shut.  If you purchase a suit like this we would recommend that it be left accordingly.  The reason for this is that suit pockets are not made to hold very much content. Overloading the suits will often result in bulging and sagging thus ruining the form of the suit and the figure of the wearer. One should never put anything in the breast pocket of the suit except for a pocket square. If you really need to overload your suit, the inner breast pockets are a better choice. Nevertheless, even with these pockets, one must be careful not to overload them. 

Pocket Types

There are two main types of pockets on suit jackets. There are patch pockets and jetted pockets.  These pockets can come with or without flaps.  Patch pockets are pockets that are sewn on with a separate piece of material while jetted pockets are inside the suit with only the opening to the pocket being noticeable. The most formal type of pocket is a jetted pocket without any flaps and this is often seen on tuxedos.  This appearance can easily be mimicked by merely tucking in the flap to make it disappear.  Having flaps on a suit pocket, though less formal is perfectly appropriate business dress. 

Patch Pockets

Patch pockets are commonly seen on sport coats and are not as formal.  Patch pockets with flaps are even more informal.  Strictly speaking they are not proper business attire, nevertheless many people still wear them.

Slanted Pockets

Pockets are often sewn straight or slanted.  Slanted pockets are called hacked or hacking pockets.  They apparently developed from British riding tradition with hacking being an obscure reference to pleasure riding.  Like just about everything else in men’s fashion, these pockets were conceived from practical considerations.  When a rider was bent over galloping on his horse, the slanted pockets were easier to reach into than traditional straight pockets.  As a result of their history they are considered to be less formal.  Nevertheless, they are appropriate business wear nowadays.  Some people consider them to be more daring and stylish than regular pockets.  They are always a nice addition for the man who wants to stand out without standing out.

Ticket Pockets

Lastly there is the ticket pocket.  That is the third pocket on the right side of the suit immediately on top of the pocket that is normally present on the suit.  The ticket pocket is said to have been a product of the time when locomotive transportation was more common place.  This extra pocket derives its name from the fact that it traditionally held train tickets in a quickly accessible sport for passengers.  Another legend has it that this pocket was a riding innovation and it was where riders kept spare change for tolls as they rode across the English countryside.  Personally I believe the story about the ticket pocket as an innovation for train passengers is more accurate.  Either way, because of the practical nature of the pocket, it is considered by some to be less formal than the single pocket that is often seen on tuxedos. 

Personally, we love the ticket pocket. They are rather trendy right now, but they can never go out of style because they are an innovation that is based in history. Much like the slanted pockets they are a great way for a gentleman to show that he conscientious about his dressing and allow him to stand out without really standing out. We'd say - stand out.