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July 5, 2021
Author: Spiff
Don't put your hands in your pockets or ...

Don't put your hands in your pockets. You cannot be with your hands in your pockets if you are treating something as a group. Do not do that or you will deform the pockets of the jacket… They all repeated to me. It only remained to add an "or you'll go blind" ...

Putting your hands in your pockets is not lack of will, distrust and reluctance. It doest mn'ean that you are not interested in what the person facing you says - sometimes yes, but not because you have your hands in your pockets - and it doesn't mean that you don't trust him. Putting your hands in your pockets is telling the world that you're in your comfort zone.

Among the multitudes of options offered by this comfortable gesture, my favorite is the one with hands in pockets of his jacket, overshirt, jacket ... I especially like it inside the jacket. The pockets that the current style keeps sewn, unopened. What a waste.

One before writing about the topic, reads. “The perfect gentleman never puts his hands in his jacket pockets. These must remain sewn. Only the internal ones and the upper outer small pocket are released to place the pocket square"... The perfect gentleman is already squealing. For being stale and hackneyed. Best to not continue.

Jake Grantham, co-founder of Angloitalian

What would become of Prince Charles without being able to put his hands in his pockets? Or his great-uncle, the Duke of Windsor? What would become of Jake Grantham? Alessandro Pirounis? If hands in pockets were forbidden, Angloitalian would disappear. And that would be bad, because given the choice, Angolitalian always. Maybe Jake goes a little overboard, he probably sleeps like that, but it looks so good...

Putting your hands in your pockets makes the jacket sit on the shoulders, gives it a natural look, movement. It is a shy but conquering gesture; of necessary, natural informality.

I've never liked shaking hands, especially with a stranger. God only knows where they've been before. The pandemic has been a relief in this regard. Ditto for masks and breaths ... Something good would have to have come of it. Since elbow bumps are something I still find ridiculous, putting your hands in your pockets, raising your eyebrows and tilting your head as if the person in front of you is a 2-year-old or a Golden Retriever puppy, it works. In fact, as long as we're here, I would love to make it a habit. That, or the "namaste".

Hands behind the back are fine, they're more formal, more constitutional, but they are also more alike to a parish priest, to an altar boy waiting for the directives of his superior, an older man. The older man who stops to look at the work next to his house; as much as I like those older gentlemen.

The Duke of Windsor and his wife Wallis Simpson

Good work for someone who writes about style lies in the intelligence of knowing how to distinguish who does one thing or another well. Not everyone who puts their hands in their pockets does it well. In fact, putting your hands in your jacket pockets does not make you more elegant or more stylish, far from it. You have Bill Gates, for example, who would seldom fall into the category of - and probably doesn't even care - introducing himself to any celebrity in this guise. I'm the celebrity, he might say.

James Joyce said that his body was like a harp and his words and gestures were like fingers running on the strings. Putting your hands in your jacket pockets is a spontaneous, simple, even humble gesture. It is one more gesture, like sticking out your chest, like crossing your arms. The saying goes that one keeps the gesture in question of appreciation. I, dear friends, appreciate the gesture of putting my hands in my pockets. Nothing more.

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