What's in Your Pocket?
- Published:15th Nov 2016
Pockets? Handy right? As we all know, no matter how big your handbag is (you could have borrowed it from Mary Poppins for goodness sake) it is never big enough. From your purse and phone to the kitchen sink, us women like to carry everything around.
Pockets are rarely included in any designers sketch and even when they are, the pockets are too small to fit anything in. Long gone are the days where your phone could fit into your jeans. Nope. Not now, my 3ft 4 android will not be persuaded to squeeze into my 1cm by 2cm pocket on my favourite pair of skinnies.
There is also such a rare and mysterious entity that I like to call the faux pocket. You know the one. It looks very pocket-like from the outside but when you go to put your hand in BAM! It leads to nowhere; it is literally the most useless feature possible on an item of clothing ever known to man (correct me if I’m wrong).
With my rant over, I am going to take you through the history of the belated pocket, may he rest in piece.
According to the V&A “From the 17th century to the late 19th century, most women had at least one pair of pockets, which served a similar purpose as a handbag does today.” These pockets used to be worn underneath petticoats and later on in the 18th century they where worn over the arm. Pockets on true statement pieces!
These pockets where made from luxury silks and embroided with many different patterns and appliqués. As these pockets weren’t seen by many, it was surprising that they where so beautiful.
In the early 1900’s when the World Wars started, women started to wear more practical clothing such as trousers and skirt suits. With trouser wearing for females now beginning to become acceptable, of course women were given a proper taste of how it felt to be able to carry everything on your person. Of course these were work clothes but soon the benefits of the practical clothing would have to filter into more fashionable garments.
Which takes us to now…
I find it very hard as a woman to find skirts and dresses that include pockets (that are real…) as it seems as though we have no real need for them. While men on the other hand have the audacity to walk around in their spacious garments with there countless pockets! Seriously, jeans have 4, a shirt will sometimes have 1 and a jacket… don’t get me started on jackets. If we are talking about a blazer, they have 2 outer pockets and a secret 1 inside! (not a faux pocket like we are familiar with ladies) By my count a man could have up to 8 pockets on one outfit, which I think is just showing off.
The fact is, pockets need to come back and designers are starting to get the message.
Here at Alice's Pig, we like to make life easy for you.
We understand that you need REAL pockets but you still want to be able to wear your favourite skirt. Well, now you can.
Now, from a personal point of view, even when I slip my hand into my favourite Django skirt I am still surprised when I find I have hidden my Mac Lipstick and railcard in one of the side pockets. At Alice's Pig we disguise our pockets with pleats unlike hundreds of underskirts and organza that they had 300 years ago so don't fear!
We have designed our skirts and dresses so that your handbag can house the important things such as 300 receipts, 4 thousand tissues and 3 pots of empty lip balm... or is that just me?
Give one of our skirts a whirl and see how much you can fit in YOUR pocket-
Link to Ciara's cuffs right HERE! On sale now!
Or grab my Django skirt HERE!
Talking of skirts... care to read about some male hottie's in skirts?
The casual charmer - Contrast top-stitching accentuates Sophie's Sohos' asymmetric detailing. Button-through with a twist, Sophie's Soho dress looks great with trainers or heels. This versatile dress is perfect for every occasion.
The tiny dancerWith a draped neck and loose shape cinched in by a top-stitched waist-belt this dress will flatter all body shapes. Sasha's Statement comes fully lined and with comfy side pockets.
The 1970's Boho - Giving a nod to the 1970's, this red midi dress comes in floral-printed chiffons, detailled panelling on the bodice and flat piping. Madelaines Marvel dress has a flattering midi-length and self-fabric waist tie means you can cinch in the waist for some extra definition.
The elegant geisha - Figure skimming Benika's Bonsai dress cuts a flattering silhouette in a true Japanese fashion. Intricate panelling and a top stitched self-fabric tie belt gives this easy day-dress a beautiful and feminine look.