Coat pockets- to use or not?

Open suit coat pockets or keep them closed?

  • Cut it open

    Votes: 12 100.0%
  • Keep it closed

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
    12

Allen Smithee

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I've heard the advice to never removed the thread that keeps a new coat's pockets closed. The theory is that this allows the shape tho be kept and that pockets won't sag open?
You say what?
 
When I wore RTW, I opened my cost pockets. My tailor delivers them open as a default. I do put things in them from time to time
 
Closed pockets prevent me from assuming various poses as I iGent in front of a camera or post up at the club.
 
I open them and actually use them. When I go to the tailor if the jacket needs a fix in the waist, I take with me everything I usually put in the jacket so that iPod doesn't get tight and I can't use the pockets.
 
No, but I make sure I keep the tag on my sleeve so people know I'm wearing high priced baller shit
 
I thought I posted here already. A good half of the Andyland nitwits buy into this silliness about pockets being purely ornamental. They were put there for a reason. I've never seen this droopy, distorted bagged-out pockets of which they speak. I assume it could be fixed with a pressing were it to ever happen anyway.
Wait, how do you use a PS??
I assume the squeamish types just don't.
 
It is interesting that iGents have adapted their own personal rule in deciding whether to keep pockets sewn shut or not on RTW jackets. Kind of like Lamarckian evolution:'seems to make sense but ultimately it is wrong.

Pockets are meant to be functional. Full stop.

When you receive your bespoke jacket, nothing is sewn shut unless you asked for it.

Imagine the poor RTW jacket, put on display like a cheap whore to be ogled and pawed by countless iGents.

It needs to look its best to attract the iGent whilst up on display on the mannequin.

It needs to look its best once it is tried on and cast aside after 4 minutes of self-modelling in the dingy dressing room or out under the fluorescent lights where Vincent, your sales associate tries to talk you into the 58L because the are out of 42S.

It needed to look its best when Chorn Chorn was still wearing RTW and wanted to thrust his giant fists deep inside of those soft pockets to practice fit poses.

Sewn shut to maintain shape for display until sold. Not sewn shut because Luigi Vercotti, or Kam Fong as Chin Ho, master tailors for their respective houses believed pockets must remained sealed to maximize and enhance drape.

So just like Lamarck's stubby-necked giraffe with delusions of grandeur to eat at an elevated level, so too did iGents formulate a theory of the pure sex of the occluded pocket.

Now what about that bit of basting on the shoulder, hmm? That, I believe has a structural function, no? But then again, the world is only a couple of thousand years old, climate change is solely of anthropomorphic origin, and Seinfeld was funny.
 
1. Tailors occasionally neglect to remove some pocket pasting. But it's usually white, IME, so you know it doesn't belong.
2. I always picture the "uncut" crowd being handed pocket sized items (at trade shows, by clients,girlfriends, etc.) and standing around holding it in their hands. The other person advises them to, you know, just put it in their pocket and they must stand helplessly and admit that they can't. So pitiful.
 
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2. I always picture the "uncut" crowd being handed pocket sized items (at trade shows, by clients,girlfriends, etc.) and standing around holding it in their hands. The other person advises them to, you , know just put it in their pocket and they must stand helplessly and admit that they can't. So pitiful.


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My alterations tailor always says he just never opens them up, and that putting things inside will just ruin the line of your coat, over time.

However, I now open my pockets every time. The times I didn't open the basting, there's something odd to me about the way the pocket area looks new and crisp while the rest of the coat looks worn-in.

Wear your clothes, don't let your clothes wear you.

This. The oldest suit I have is about 20 years old. These things aren't going to last forever. Use the damn pockets. I think we all have a tendency to think that someday someone will wants to see our closets and be awestruck as they sort through our immaculate suits, shiny brass collar stays, and $100.00 shoe trees.
 
The fact that bespoke jackets do not have this done defuses the "keep the pocket sewn up" argument.
 
There is indeed a bit of "plastic cover on the furniture" mentality that your own possessions are too good for you to properly enjoy the use of.
I'm not in the virgin cult. I want things to age and show wear. Suits should be natural clothing, not stiff Sunday best stuff. Wrinkles, a pocket flap that gets half tucked in, normal wear, these are things that are par for the course for normal clothing.
 
On suits I mostly leave them sewn up. On tweed jackets I use them a bit. I know you all are desperate to appear more grown up and carefree than the SF kids and less grown up than the AAAC pensioners but distorting the lower pockets on a worsted suit jacket by shoving bulging key rings and snotty tissues in them isn't sprezza-urea - its vandalism.
 
On suits I mostly leave them sewn up. On tweed jackets I use them a bit. I know you all are desperate to appear more grown up and carefree than the SF kids and less grown up than the AAAC pensioners but distorting the lower pockets on a worsted suit jacket by shoving bulging key rings and snotty tissues in them isn't sprezza-urea - its vandalism.

Interesting point. I'm not buying it, but interesting nonetheless.

Furthest thing from my mind is trying to separate myself from what people do or don't do. Sprezz is not a consideration I consider. All my buttons are buttoned. You will never see the back blade of my tie unless by accident. I wear socks. I have zero shirring. I don't give a rat's ass about handwork unless it contributes to a better garment. I am not anal about my clothing like that. How I am currently draping is not something generally in the forefront of my mind.

Have yet to destroy, stretch, warp or otherwise disadvantage the pockets on any of my worsted suits but it has been many years since I was a caretaker with a ring full of keys. But I do use my pockets.

Fact is since I stopped wearing off the peg, my suits and jackets have never had their pockets sewn shut to begin with. They come from the tailor to me not from a store.

Just on the off chance that he may sew them shut while making the jacket and then remove the stitching so that I think I am getting something extra special, I rang him up and asked. He chuckled and said "no".

I don 't use tissues as I am from the backwoods of the Commonwealth. I expectorate.

But thanks for your thumbnail assessment of why I and others might do what we do. I like it when people underestimate me. I've made book on that over several careers.
 
Originally I didn't because I bought into that forum thinking a slim silhouette was paramount - especially back then when I was interested in slim lapels and the 1960s look. I also thought I would resell suits I grew tire of wearing or were out of fashion. I've never resold anything especially now that I buy more timeless garments.

So now I open all the pockets. I started smoking again. I also have a work and a personal mobile. Even downsizing the wallet to a card wallet and a money clip, I need somewhere for the zippo, mobile phones and cigarettes. I slip my sun glass clip on behind the pocket square. Can't imagine where I would put all of this without a jacket.
 
I also thought I would resell suits I grew tire of wearing or were out of fashion.
There is something to this. If you see yourself as just passing through the clothing, then you have this stewardship mentality instead of one of an owner. When you see yourself as a long-term owner, you become the focus once again, your long term satisfaction is the priority.
 

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