The common, pedestrian pocket is reappearing in new designer collections. Who would have ever thought that designers ranging from the patriarch of American fashion, Oscar de la Renta, to young, up and comers like Joseph Altuzarra would feature the humble pocket in their collections.
Pockets were typically incorporated into designs in the 1800’s so a lady could discretely hide her handkerchief and her smelling salts. (I may not like every new fashion but at least they don’t include corsets to create a 22” waist and causing us to faint.) Whether it was the popularity of the purse or just shifts in fashion, pockets have been out of favor for many years.
If you have ever tried to juggle a glass of wine, hors d’ourvres and a clutch purse, you appreciate the practicality of a pocket. I love being able to hide a lipstick and a tissue in a pocket so I can be hands-free! Then there is the panache created when one poses with a hand in a pocket.
Of course, with every good thing, there seems to always be a down side. Pockets can add width unless expertly incorporated into the design. Fitted slacks or skirts will be the most unforgiving. To use a pocket on these fitted garments, they work best when they lie flat and are done at an angle. Neither do these designs allow for anything in the pocket thicker than a credit card. On skirts, as some of these examples show, the pocket is incorporated into the seam of a garment where it is hidden by the skirt volume. In any design, the pocket is only intended as a hiding place for emergency necessities. It doesn’t take much volume to cause a pocket to bulge or sag.
One personal shopper for Bergdorf Goodman for 40 years stated that said one of the most common alterations her clients have done over the years is removing a pocket. Selecting the right style and using the pocket judiciously offers you the convenience of a secret hiding place without adding width.
Enjoy this new trend while it lasts!