Ask the tailor: What type of pockets should I choose?

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Each month we ask our expert tailors to address one of your most frequent questions. This month we’re talking pocket styles. Which type is right for you?

One of the best things about bespoke tailoring is that you get to sign off on every single last detail of your suit. Small details can often have a very big impact, so these decisions will ensure you walk away in a suit that’s exactly what you pictured.

Pockets are important for two key reasons:

  1. They affect the usability of your suit
  2. They affect the look of your suit

If you’re unsure which type of pockets to choose, we’ve set out your choices below. 

Option one: flap pocket

The flap pocket is an integral pocket with the opening covered with a rectangular flap. This a versatile choice. Flap pockets are sensible, practical, and unlikely to attract raised eyebrows. Most off the rack jackets and blazers have this type of pocket.

Option two: patch pocket

Patch pockets are actually the more traditional choice. They consist of an additional piece of fabric sewn to the outside of the garment. They can be any shape, but generally jacket and blazer patch pockets are rectangular. Today, patch pockets are usually considered to be a more casual option. 

Option three: jetted pocket

Jetted pockets are generally found on more formal suit jackets and dinner jackets. This type of pocket is entirely internal, like the flap pocket. However, the key difference here is that jetted pockets don’t have a flap over the opening, resulting in cleaner, sleeker lines. 

Bonus option: ticket pocket

A ticket pocket is an additional pocket found on some suit jackets. Traditionally it sits above the right pocket and is around half as wide. 

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