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    diversification
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    @aps2012

    As with everything it's a preference. I love the look of OCBDs but abhor pockets. To me (and many others) the pocketless OCBD makes sense and looks great. I've received a few questions/complements about shirts without pockets from people who simply liked the look or ones who were hoping to find and buy some themselves.


    It's more unique to see shirts without pockets which is why I expect that no one has ever commented asking where I got a shirt WITH a pocket.

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  • ryan3
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    abolish all the pockets!

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  • aps2012
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    I prefer the look without, but curse whenever I'm flying and don't have a shirt pocket. Also receiving a business card without a blazer or shirt pocket can be awkward. In other words I actually find them useful if not aesthetically pleasing.


    However, I'm also confused as to why you'd go for an OCBD and then complain about the pocket? My preference for shirts without pockets is for the clean look that the OCBD just doesn't have to start with.

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  • diversification
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    I got curious and did a google search for this topic specifically related to OCBDs. While searching I found a bit of historical info on the OCBD (one that really shouldn't have any bearing on how people feel about this issue, but interesting nonetheless). Apparently the original OCBD did not originally feature a pocket; it was only after waistcoats went out of fashion for a period that BB added the pocket.


    As I think we're already starting to see in this thread, folks are split on this issue. Some seem to loath pockets, some love them and others simply don't care when it comes to casual shirts, sport shirts and OCBDs (which I realize can probably be lumped under the heading of casual shirts).


    What people do seem to agree on (almost universally) is that pockets have no place on dress shirts. It's a shame that many of the manufacturers seem to find it appropriate and necessary, especially since dress shirt material often doesn't have the rugged self-healing fabric that OCBDs do; I would certainly hesitate to remove a pocket from a dress shirt. :/

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  • frost
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    In high school, some upperclassmen took it upon themselves to rip the pockets off the regulatory OCBDs as worn by freshmen. It was a hazing ritual that is likely continued to this day.


    That said, I prefer pockets on OCBDs, while I typically opt for dress shirts without. I have no qualms with flap pockets on casual shirts worn on lazy fall afternoons. As others have stated, always resist the urge to populate said pockets with a writing utensil.

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  • llie19
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    i don't mind it too much, as long as it's not oversized. unfortunately, it is too often too large, bigger than the size of your palm. it just makes your chest appear narrow, and a heavy visual burden.

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  • JBG
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    As I have given more and more attention to details like the fit and style of cloths, the more I have come to dislike pockets on any shirt. The same is true for collar stays, I will do my best to not buy a dress shirt that does not have them.

    For what ever reason, a pocket on a shirt now has the same visual akwardness as billowy sleeves. Plus, I rarely if ever need the function of the pocket. It has helped me regulate my spending on shirts, which is sort of a plus.

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  • BYC
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    If you have a seam ripper you can remove pockets without too much difficulty

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  • JBG
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  • Johdus
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    Most British shirt merchants (like CT) don't have pockets on their dress shirts and most of their sport shirts.

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  • diversification
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    Has anyone had success finding a place (besides a MTM or MTO) type place that consistently makes shirts without pockets? How about OCBDs without pockets? I've seen them before in the wild and they look great, but I can't seem to find them online...


    Honestly, I may just buy one of the new OCBDs from the Gap and see if I can remove the pocket myself... If not perhaps a tailor can do it.

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  • treydawg
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    I hate hate hate pockets. Most times they're un-proportional to the shirt.

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  • hornsup84
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    For actual dress shirts, when given the choice (Ratio), I've opted for no pocket. Cleaner look, I typically am wearing a sportcoat/blazer, so already have pockets, etc.


    For casual buttondowns (oxfords, slightly less formal dress shirts, etc.), I do enjoy having one pocket on the front. I'm with Jared, I put my sunglasses in there (call it the old frat in me), sometimes my airplane tickets, etc. No pens/pencils though. ever.


    I also don't wear any shirt with flap pockets and only have a few flannels that have buttons on their pockets (not sure I like it, but not sure I care either, since they rarely get used).

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  • xxerexx
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    I only have one casual button shirt that doesn't have a pocket (OCBD from Ratio) and I rather like it. I don't mind casual shirts with pockets, especially those that blend in pretty well. I have one button down with a flap pocket and I mainly keep it because I like the color a lot. I prefer t-shirts with no pockets.


    I really don't like pockets on my dress shirts.


    @diversification if you have an old shirt it's easy to try removing the pocket with a seam ripper. As long as the fabric isn't too delicate the holes should disappear in the wash.

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  • jputman08
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    Casual/Sport shirts = pocket(s). I like them because it gives me somewhere to put my sunglasses if I'm not wearing a blazer or coat. EDIT: OCBD's fall into this category for me.


    Dress Shirts = no pockets. More of my recent dress shirt purchases do not have pockets.


    That said, I really don't care if my dress shirt has pockets or not but my casual/sport shirts should have pockets.

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