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Why Suit Jacket Pockets are Sewn Shut

By Chad Upton | Editor

Men’s suit jackets have their pockets sewn shut at the factory.

They do this so the pockets aren’t deformed by countless men as they try on the jackets. In some cases, there aren’t any real pockets anyway, but the flaps, buttons and seems are sewn to look like pockets are there.

If the jacket does have real pockets, the question is: to use the pockets, or not to use the pockets?

There are two camps on this issue.

Some say the pockets are there to be used for movie tickets, opera programs, cigars and other sleek items. In other words, definitely open your pockets up.

On the other hand, using the pockets can stress the seems and ruin the jacket over time. The jacket can also be easier to press without open pockets. So, you’ll have to pick a side.

If you’re on team open pockets, then you can ask your tailor to open the pockets, especially when you buy the jacket. If you’re a DIY kind of person, you can use a seam ripper to, well, rip the seam. You could also use a pair of nail clippers or fine scissors to cut the threads.

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Sources: Mens Warehouse, Ask Men