Friday, July 29, 2011

Pockets: A vanishing breed in women's clothing

Once upon a time, the pockets in my skirts were nice and deep. Then, some companies started selling skirts with pockets so shallow that, as I once posted, "whenever I had the unmitigated gall to actually put something in the pockets, the items landed directly on, rather than below, my hips, making me look as if I were wearing a meatloaf on each hip." Currently, some of my skirts have pockets so narrow that everything simply falls out of them. I've lost three combs and a tissue packet since Monday--thus far. Some days, I don't even get from our apartment to the subway station--roughly a 15-minute walk--without having something fall out of my pocket.

This assumes, of course, that my skirts have any pockets at all.

It's discrimination, I tell ya! I don't think men ever have this problem.

This post is the latest addition to my "design" series.


Blogger Philo said...

"I don't think men ever have this problem."

Actually we do. With all we have to carry around these days, my smartphone is having issues staying inside my pocket. Purses actually make sense, but I'm not ready to get THAT metrosexual!

Fri Jul 29, 11:26:00 AM 2011  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Give it up, Philo, and clip your cell phone to your belt. *None* of us has enough room in our pockets for all of our gadgets! I'm talking about the old-fashioned, no-tech basics.

Fri Jul 29, 11:29:00 AM 2011  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

On the other hand, you're right about pocketbooks making sense--that's where I keep my cell phone. In my defense, I don't have much choice--since almost all of my skirts are too big in the waist (and fit just right across the hips), I don't dare clip anything to my waistband (or put anything as heavy as a cell phone in my pocket), less my waistband slip even farther below my waist than usual.

Fri Jul 29, 12:12:00 PM 2011  
Blogger Talia bat Pessi said...

The lack of pockets in women's clothing is highly annoying. I had this amazing bag, but it got horribly stained, so I can't use it anymore, and no bag can live up to it, so I've been trying to be a pocket person ever since then. The only skirts I have with pockets are denim, and only one of them has really good pockets, so I've been wearing that one way more than it deserves. I've lost many things that fell out of the pockets, and it's really irritating.

Thu Aug 04, 01:29:00 PM 2011  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

" . . . no bag can live up to it" That happens to me all the time--I find an item of clothing that I really love, and they stop selling it. :(

With both of us dropping half of our possessions out of our "half-pockets," we'll probably meet for the first time at the Lost and Found Department.

Thu Aug 04, 10:23:00 PM 2011  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have turned down many really nice dresses and skirts due to the lack of pockets. I'll even take small pockets over walking around carrying small bits of stuff.

This is a problem women have much more than men- in that most men's formal clothing has pockets and most women's does not.

My husband has the problem that there is not enough room in his pockets for all his stuff- but he does have a ton of stuff. And at least he has them.

Years ago when we were first married I would sometimes ask him to "be the man" meaning carry my stuff in his pockets. Now I am often taking his stuff in my purse. Maybe we need less stuff?

Fri Aug 05, 09:36:00 AM 2011  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

"Less stuff" would be nice, RainbowTallitBaby, but how much "less" can I get than a comb and a packet of tissues?

I agree that finding women's clothing with pockets is much more difficult for women. Men's pants *always* have pockets. Why can't the same be said for women's pants and skirts? What an annoyance. :(

Fri Aug 05, 10:13:00 AM 2011  

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