Fashion’s Gendered Pockets: Why Women’s Clothes Are Pocketless

By Martin B

It’s no secret that women’s clothing often lacks practical pockets. While men’s pants often have large, functional pockets, women’s pants, skirts, and dresses are more likely to have small or nonexistent pockets. And the reason for this is truly ridiculous.

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The origin of pockets in clothing dates back centuries, when both men and women used pockets to carry their belongings. However, as fashion evolved, women’s clothing became more form-fitting, and pockets were deemed unnecessary as they added bulk to clothing.

In the 18th and 19th centuries, women’s clothing often included small pockets that were attached to the waistband or worn under the skirt. These pockets were designed to hold items like handkerchiefs, fans, and snuff boxes.

As women began to fight for equal rights and entered the workforce in the 20th century, their clothing began to reflect their newfound independence. However, pockets were still not a priority. According to some experts, this was because designers assumed that women would be carrying purses and didn’t need pockets.

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Today, pockets in women’s clothing are often seen as an afterthought, with many designers choosing to prioritize style over functionality. While some brands have begun to include pockets in their clothing, many women still find themselves frustrated with the lack of practical pockets in their wardrobe.

In conclusion, the reason why most women’s clothes don’t have real pockets is rooted in a long history of fashion trends and societal expectations. However, as women continue to demand functional clothing, designers may be forced to reconsider the importance of pockets in women’s fashion.