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30 Posts That Show How Much Women Want Pockets In Their Clothes (Interview With Expert)
Liberty, equality, and justice for all do not apply to all clothing. Especially when you take a look at women’s clothes.
30 Posts That Show How Much Women Want Pockets In Their Clothes (Interview With Expert)
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Pockets. They hold our stuff so we don’t have to juggle it while walking down the street like professional circus performers.

Pockets are great. They’re perfect for putting your hands into when you don’t know what to do with them in an awkward social situation. Or if it’s cold outside.

Pockets are fantastic. They’re extra-dimensional doorways that transport loose change and candy into our clothes whenever we need them most. Need a quarter for the jukebox? No worries—your pockets have you covered. Feeling peckish? No problem—there’s a piece of candy from when you were a teenager in your jeans.

But not all clothes are sewn equally. Liberty, equality, and justice for all do not apply to all clothing. Especially when you take a look at women’s clothes. Either women’s clothing doesn’t have pockets at all, or their pockets are smaller than men’s, or their pockets are fake. Honestly, fake pockets are a scourge for men and women both and can go jump in a river. I once bought a suit that had fake pockets. I don’t think I’ve ever cursed louder.

There are plenty of women online demanding #PocketEquality, as well as joking about the topic left and right. We at Bored Panda have collected some of the funniest and honest memes about pockets in women’s clothing and we hope you enjoy them. So scroll down, upvote the posts you found amusing, and share this list with your friends whom you know have a pocket-deficiency.

Bored Panda spoke to Roxanne, an expert in sewing and design, who doesn’t think that the lack of pockets has anything to do with politics or social reasons. Here's what she had to say: "I think women love pockets for the functionality. We don’t always want to carry things in our hands, especially our phones. When I wear a dress with pockets, my hands naturally gravitate toward the pocket. I’m not sure why. It’s just comfortable.”

She continued: “I think a lot of women’s clothing lack pockets for one simple reason: women have curves. When there is an opening at a stress point, such as at the hips, the fabric will naturally flare out. This is particularly evident in form-fitting clothing.”

“There are several ways to solve the problem: redesign the garment with a looser fit, secure the fabric with a zipper or button closure, relocate the pocket, or, here’s the big one… redesign the pocket shape.”

Roxanne explained exactly how the pocket shape can be redesigned. “Shaping the opening into a slant or curve will allow the opening to wrap around the curve without resulting in bulging, excess fabric. This pocket style does change the original look of the garment, so the designer would ultimately decide if it works with their vision. I recently drafted a curved pocket pattern for a form fitting dress, demonstrating that it is possible!”

“I don’t think there is any political or social reason for the shortage of pockets. Most designers are trying to appeal to the desires of their target demographic, in this case, usually a slimming silhouette that doesn’t draw attention to areas many of us want to minimize. A meme is simply an entertaining way to celebrate a feature many of us adore: pockets!”

After analyzing popular blue jeans brands in the United States, researchers found that women’s pockets are, on average, 48 percent shorter and 6.5 percent narrower than men’s. That means that a lot more stuff fits into men’s pockets than into women’s.

Some argue that this is ‘evidence’ of systematic sexism ingrained into our society; others state that men need bigger pockets to balance out not having handbags. While a third group of people thinks that we’re living in truly prosperous times and don’t have any real problems if we’re arguing about pockets.

According to Vox, the topic of pockets is not just about ‘sexism’—it’s about politics as well. Once upon a time, men and women used to carry bags with them.

But around the late 17th century, pockets became part of men’s clothing, while women kept using bags. Vox states that, eventually, a line of reasoning formed that men’s clothing is meant for ‘utility,’ while women’s clothes are meant for ‘beauty.’

What do you think about the lack of decent pockets in women’s clothes, dear Readers? What’s your favorite thing about pockets? Would you like to have a pair of pants made entirely out of pockets? Share your thoughts with everyone in the comments.

Comments (58)
John L
I read an article once called "30 conspiracy theories, I actually believe". They mentioned this one. The reason why designers don't put pockets on women's clothes is so they can make them buy handbags. I don't know, but I can't think of a more plausible theory.
Ola Polowczyk
Me when shopping: "No no no, I am not paying this amount of money for a basic dress". The dress has pockets. Me: SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!!!
Nea
My husband is the most annoyed because i never hve pockets to keep keys. He cannot believe lack of useful pockets in womens clothing is a real thing.
FloC
The other day I was looking at a nice coat, reasonnable price when I figured that the pockets were fake... At first, I thought that they were sewn as it is often the case on new clothing, but someone had tried to unsew the pocket on another similar coat (probably to check if the pockets were real) and they were fake !!! on a coat ! seriously. I did not buy it.
C
I wish a woman designer would step up and help with the problem!
Caroline Driver
Of course, it is often possible to sew new, bigger pocket linings into clothes that already have tiny pockets, or into the seams of dresses and skirts. Just saying. I've done it, though it's fiddly
Daniel Wang
lady with a dirty skirt: omg what a lovely skirt you have! lady with pretty skirt: thx I wish my skirt has pockets! lady with a dirty skirt: I have pockets in my skirt! lady with a pretty skirt: TRADE WITH ME!!!!
Effseven Six
I have a big puffy, not so stylish jacket that I call my "purse jacket". It has 5 awesome pockets. 2 outside, 3 inside. I will own it forever, and wear it in any weather with zero F's given.
Angela Jester
I sew my wardrobe, I always have pockets. Even if it isn't part of the pattern :)
Ian Smith
My 2 year old daughter is already obsessed with pants that have pockets.
Lemon Garnished Potato
Today I will make a new pattern, get all my favourite dresses and skirts and guess what I will do! I will add pockets >:D
Caroline
I have a 'The Lion King' dress which has pockets and it's my favourite to wear (although living in England, I don't get to wear it much) and I love it
Joel Blazquez Sargatal
If you like pockets you are going to love cargo pants!
Marnie
It's actually getting worse. At work, there are access apps one can put on one's phone, but women aren't carrying their purses around with them everywhere at work! Actually, I'd refused to use my phone for work-related activities in any case, but even if I wanted to, women are at a serious disadvantage in this area.
IWishIWasBob
I was at a dance the other day and my cousin had pockets in this huge fufu dress and it was so amazing! Not only was there pockets to start, they were HUGE! All of us stuffed as much as we could it it held 7 phones. Insane. Meanwhile, I put the little bit of extra stuff I had in the normal shorts I had under my dress. Surprise surprise I could only fit a lip gloss container and my keys. Why fashion industry, why???
Mieke Sorée
I guess the bigger the pant size, the bigger the pocket are...? Because I never seem to have this problem. Finally my size has a positive haha!
Vanadis Schwarz
That's why I began to wear pocket belts.
Intendant Kira
I've started clipping things to my belt loops ?
Kai
I'm pretty sure the lack of pockets is to sold "women bags".
Mangle the Fox
My 2nd favorite leather jacket has tiny pockets that can legit only fit my iPod Nano.
Maria Rohlen
Why buy jeans without pockets? I grew up with pockets, I want pockets, where should I have all my stuff if I don't have pockets?
Roald v2
I got inspiration for an Xmas gift!
Dorothy Parker
It's because designers want the clothes to hang well on a woman's body and not add bulk. Women supposedly want to look as thin as possible so wouldn't use the pockets. That, of course, is stupid and patronizing. And there's nothing cooler than pockets on a wedding gown.
Remliel
It's like, women want something and the universe is like "yeah, no, fuck you..."
A. Jones
I don't like carrying anything in my arms, so I just buy guy's trousers. It's true that they're comfy. :3
Amanda Reicha
I found a pair of bed shorts with really nice pockets. It saddens me while they wait in the laundry.
Ross Hamilton
I am a guy, and I too am frustrated by the lack of functional pockets in many clothing items. Like, suit jackets for instance - WHY DID YOU SEW THE POCKETS SHUT!!??
Pittsburgh rare
Dresses with pockets are pretty and stylish, but I'm not at all for bulges in trousers. I'd rather use a handbag
Tiny Dynamine
On another note, why do men's and women's shirts button up on the opposite sides?
SusanS
The reason women's clothing doesn't have pockets is because today's women's clothing is meant to be SKIN TIGHT - you know to show off assets - and useful pockets wouldn't work. Once women decide they don't want to have a second skin and want pants instead, there will be a change. The women's house dresses, had pockets. My gran kept all kinds of things in there. The 'sexualization' of women's attire is the root problem.
J.B.
Ladies and gentlemen, here's a great investigation into the history of pockets, by Articles of Interest: https://99percentinvisible.org/episode/pockets-articles-of-interest-3/
Ojberretta Berretta
women in iran''i want freedom and not to be forced to wear a hijab!!''women in the west ''omg i dont have enough pockets in the pants I bought''
Hanzo Hattori
you give them pockets now, and they will ask for more, please don't :p
Michał Jastrzębski
then, if the women's clothing actually has pockets, women dont buy them because they dont look as good and form-fitting...well welcome to reality, where everything is a tradeoff, and companies manufacture what sells instead of what gives women proper feelings.
iblowsheep
All of my wife's pants have pockets. Quit whining, and buy different pants if you don't like it.
Hans
I am totally not into fashion, so correct me if I am wrong: nowadays, with small busines popping up on the Internet, selling anything, you could easily produce fancy women attire with pockets. It would be a little bit more expensive, but if there really was a demand, you would earn enormous amount of money. Since that did not happen, there either is no high demand or the tradeoff of having pockets is perceived as too high. Isn't it?
Aunt Messy
Sure pockets are great... but men who shove tons of stuff in their pockets look like sloppy idiots...do you really want to go there? The ONLY thing anyone should carry in their pockets is a hanky. Anything else ruins the line of your clothing and wears it out faster.
Full Name
I guess no women design clothes then? Methinks the anger might be misplaced.
Monilip
Just don't buy clothes with small pockets and stop complainig. Seriously. You buy pants without pockets and you complqin about it? Just buy one with big pockets first. #FirstWorldProblems
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