Do you know the difference between all the main pocket choices for suits/sportcoats?
Most people are aware of the "flap" since its abundance on the rack. However, there are other styles and there are deviations of the flap which is what this post is going to be geared towards. First, a quick lesson on styles:
Patch vs. Flap?
The standard flap pocket is good for the average suit, wear for business, get the job done type of thing- we all need it and we all have it. These pockets won't offend anyone, in anyplace, no matter who you're dealing with. This is why its by far the most popular pocket to have stocked in stores, its the "go to" pocket.
Patch pockets are for the clothes lover, the fashion wannabes or fashion aficionado. Other than being a little more trendy, they do have a purpose that many people aren't aware of.
If you have patch pockets on a sport coat, it actually allows you to dress it down with a pair of jeans easier while still being able to dress it up with a tie and trousers. When you go shopping for your navy blue blazer, take a stab at some patch pockets (please, no gold buttons though).
As the "pear pockets" title goes, listen up. The correct term is "slanted flap pockets" as opposed to straight (normal) flap pockets.
I would be pretty certain that 99.9% of us would ideally want to have a nice V shape figure- broad shoulders and chest with small hips and flat stomach. Correct? (As opposed to a pear shaped body)
Slanted pockets actually go AGAINST the V shape torso- for some people it can accentuate their larger stomach or hips (in turn the shoulders and chest look smaller)- This won't hold true for everyone, of course.
If someone is selling you a suit, they ultimately should be selling you the things that are best suited for your body shape- and if you are a little heavier in the stomach/hip region, slanted pockets should be at the bottom of the list. If anything, the pockets should slant down! Law of physics would suggest this!
Take a look at what you have, if you've never been able to put your finger on why you don't like your suit- it may very well be... the slanted pockets.