Picture this: you’re trying on your dream dress.
The fit is great, the length is killer, your boobs aren’t doing that weird squishy thing and the color is out of this world.
You slide your hands slowly down the side seams.
Ugh… No pockets.
Men can stash a smartphone in their coat or pants pocket, while women have to either awkwardly hold it in their hands or carry it in their purses. And who wants to always be carrying their purses everywhere?
Centuries ago, all clothing was created sans pockets. Men and women carried their belongings in small pouches tied around the waist.
Then, some 400 years ago, pockets were sewn into men's clothing, but this same feature was omitted from female garments.
In the early 1800s, slimmer silhouettes came into style, so women no longer could wear pockets under clothes but had to wear them over clothes — and their pockets got much smaller.
Some say it was a way to keep women powerless. If they had no way to secretly carry items around, it would be harder for them to travel independently or conduct clandestine affairs.
As this 1846 illustration of the nursery rhyme "Lucy Locket lost her pocket" shows, ladies pockets used to be separate pouches tied around the waist, a forerunner to today's handbags.
It wasn’t until the 20th century that women started to reclaim pockets.
Suffragettes and their supporters would sew pockets into their own clothing after purchase because the male-led design and manufacturing industries wouldn’t do it for them.
The Pocket Revolution continues today.
Dresses with pockets are so powerful. Not only do they grant you the freedom of housing small items in said pockets, but they also bestow upon you a certain level of loud confidence that is so rarely obtained. Name a moment more joyful than someone complimenting your dress and you proudly proclaiming, "THANKS, IT HAS POCKETS!"
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