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Suit Jacket Pockets - He Spoke Style
Suit Jacket Pockets - He Spoke Style

Your Suit Jacket Has Pockets: Use Them!

January 21st, 2015

Most guys know about a suit jacket or blazer’s inner pockets – a great place for a cell phone, wallet, or business cards – but a jacket’s outer pockets are often overlooked. They’re not just for decoration. A suit jacket’s outer pockets are functional and meant to be used as well.

Suit Jacket Pockets - He Spoke Style

| BRIAN WEARS | Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Suit, Al Bazar shirt, Montezemolo tie, S.T. Dupont lighter, Timex watch, Giles and Brother cuff | PHOTOGRAPHY | by Rob McIver Photo

Why are suit jacket/blazer pockets sewn shut? It’s so the garment keeps its shape while in store or in transit. Remove the stitching once you get it home with a seam ripper, small pair of scissors, or knife – just as you’d do with the chest pocket or center/side vents.

I use these pockets most when I’m traveling. Easy access to important items like boarding passes, metro cards, and hotel room key cards.

Suit Jacket Pockets - He Spoke Style

Never overburden your suit jacket pockets with heavy or bulky items. Preserve their integrity by limiting their contents to smaller, lighter, and thinner objects. This will also keep the jacket’s silhouette looking as it should.

And remember that fabric stretches over time. If you use your suit jacket pockets, they will lose a bit of their structure eventually. Keep this in mind, especially with patch pockets.

Suit Jacket Pockets - He Spoke Style

Thanks for reading.

Stylishly Yours,

He Spoke Style

Brian Sacawa

Brian Sacawa is the Founder of He Spoke Style and one of the original men’s style influencers. Since 2013, his goal has remained the same: to provide men the advice and inspiration they need to dress well, develop their personal style, and gain more confidence. Brian’s interest and passion for men’s style and luxury watches has led to his writing for The Robb Report, The Rake, and Sotheby’s and he has been quoted on menswear in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal,, Brides Magazine, and the Huffington Post. He lives in the woods north of Baltimore with his wife, Robin, kitties Nick and Nora, and German Shepherd/Collie mix Charlie.

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