I love pockets - the more the merrier - because I don't like carrying things. A bag is fine, sure, but also its own worry (especially when going to events like concerts and sports games). I've loooooooooooooong been known to complain about the difference in pocket size between men and women's clothing, so I found this article
super interesting this morning. (Note: it is from a women-owned company, so towards the end, it does get fairly "pitchy")
Here are a couple of things I found particularly interesting:
- Through the middle ages, satchels ruled supreme. Clothing featured a slit into which you could reach to access a small bag that held your belongings.
- In 1910, suffragette suits with 6+ pockets became all the rage. As the World Wars began, women recruited to work turned to more practical clothing, with trousers and large pockets becoming the norm for women through the 1940s. Of course, everything changed when WWII ended, and men returned to their jobs. An ultra-feminization of women's fashion, led by Christian Dior's 1947 New Look, shrunk or removed functional pockets in women's clothing. In fact, Dior is quoted as saying "Men have pockets to keep things in, women for decoration."
- A 2018 study of 80 pairs of jeans found that the average pockets in women's jeans are 48% shorter and 6.5% narrower than men's pockets. They also calculated that only 10% of the women's pants had front pockets that could accommodate a whole hand…. While a hand could fit in 100% (ALL) of the men's pant styles.
I'm curious how everyone else feels about pockets - am I alone in my Quest for Good Pockets for All? (and to all a good night!)