Coat pocket

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Most jackets have a variety of inner pockets, and two main outer pockets, which are generally either patch pockets, flap pockets, or jetted pockets. [1]

A patch pocket on a reefer jacket

The patch pocket is, with its single extra piece of cloth sewn directly onto the front of the jacket, a sporting option, sometimes seen on summer linen suits, or other informal styles.

A jetted pocket with flap on a lounge suit jacket

The jetted flap pocket is standard for hip pockets, with a small strip of fabric taping the top and bottom of the slit for the pocket. It has a lined flap of matching fabric covering the top of the pocket, sewn in along the seam of the jetting. This flap was initially created to protect the contents of the pocket from any rain, and is therefore traditionally meant to be tucked in when indoors, leaving the jettings exposed for show. [2][3][4][5] However, because this fact is now often ignored and the flap is seen as an accessory that completes the style, it is commonly left out indoors, even during formal events.

A jetted pocket on a dinner jacket

A jetted pocket with no flap is most formal. This style is most often on seen on formalwear, such as a dinner jacket.

In addition to the standard two outer pockets, some suits have a third, the ticket pocket, usually located just above the right pocket and roughly half as wide. While this was originally exclusively a feature of country suits, used for conveniently storing a train ticket, it is now seen on some town suits. Another country feature also worn sometimes in cities is a pair of hacking pockets, which are similar to normal ones, but slanted; this was originally designed to make the pockets easier to open on horseback while hacking, also called pleasure riding.[6][7]


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  1. ^ The Nu-Way Course in Fashionable Clothes Making (1926). Lesson 33
  2. ^ "How to choose a single breasted jacket – The Mitchelli – Modern Gentleman". Retrieved 2018-02-24.
  3. ^ "GUIDE TO JACKET POCKET STYLE: FLAP, JETTED OR PATCH -". Retrieved 2018-02-24.
  4. ^ "Flaps no more – I'm taking the last of my suit... | The Silentist". 24 Nov. Retrieved 2018-02-24. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  5. ^ "The History of Pockets | The Art of Manliness". Retrieved 2018-02-24.
  6. ^ Flusser (1985). ch. 2
  7. ^ Bookster, a manufacturer of tweed jackets, has illustrations of various features of jackets: "Jacket options". Retrieved 2008-09-20.