The Pocket Predicament: Why Women's Clothes Often Lack Pockets

The Pocket Predicament:  Why Women's Clothes Often Lack Pockets

Do you find yourself always looking for a pocket when you try on dresses, skirts or trousers?  Yes, we do too.  Why is it that we love pockets on our clothing & why don't all women's clothing have them?  When we are out Buying we always look for pockets.  If an item of clothing has one then it is a bonus for us and we would definitely want to buy it!

Pockets are so useful!

You can pop your hands in them so that you don't look or feel too uncomfortable when standing.  They give you that bit of confidence when walking into a room full of strangers or even loved ones!  They are handy for the odd tissue, house keys, mobile phone or even a credit card.  When you don't have one you inevitably then need a bag with you; especially when popping out.  Beware though, if you carry a tissue that you empty your pockets before you put it into the laundry otherwise you will have tissue remnants all over your clothing which can be very problematic.

Why do men's clothing have pockets?

Men's garments seem to effortlessly accommodate these functional compartments, women's attire frequently falls short. This seemingly minor inconvenience is more than just an aesthetic oversight.  Without getting too heavy it could probably reflect deeper societal norms and historical factors.  The roots of this pocket predicament can be traced back to the Victorian era when women's fashion emphasized slender silhouettes. Pockets were considered bulky and disrupted the delicate lines of dresses. This trend continued as fashion evolved, perpetuating the notion that women should prioritize appearance over functionality.  It symbolizes a broader issue of gender disparity. As the fashion industry evolves, advocating for pockets in women's attire becomes a metaphorical push for a more inclusive and equitable world.

What is happening now with regards to pockets?

In recent years, there has been a growing demand for more practical designs. Brands are beginning to acknowledge the importance of pockets in women's clothing, considering factors like convenience and gender equality. Despite this shift, challenges remain. Designing pockets that seamlessly integrate into diverse styles without compromising aesthetics requires innovation and a departure from traditional norms. 

Pocket Dress

What to look out for in pockets?

The pocket has to be the right shape, depth, angle and be positioned in the right place e.g. if placed too much on the diagonal towards the side of the trousers then they can look quite bulky and broaden the width of your hips.  Also, if you are wearing white or similar colours then you have to make sure that you can’t see the pocket outline as it can hinder your overall look.  Pockets on blouses at bust level can add a bit of detail to a plain blouse.  They are not often used to carry anything bulky like cash though, athough our nans and grans used to keep their money in their bra, but we will address that interesting topic another time!

Jean Pockets

On dresses the less obvious ones are the most useful & stylish.  Some of us even have them sewn into our wedding dresses which is a great idea!  Perfect for touching up our lippy!

How can Velvet & Rose help?

To help you with your purchasing, we always mention on our website listing if a garment has pockets and where it is positioned.  We also make it clear if it is a welted or a “you can’t use this pocket” type of faux pocket. 

In conclusion...

The absence of pockets in women's clothing is a complex issue rooted in historical norms and societal perceptions. However, as the fashion landscape shifts, the demand for functional and stylish attire grows. By championing pockets in women's fashion, we challenge antiquated notions and pave the way for a more balanced and equal future.  So fashion designers please let us have more pockets as we love them.

Do you love pockets?  Do let us know your thoughts.  We would love to hear them and should women's clothing have more pockets?


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