So, here’s the deal… what is it with women’s clothing and the shortage of pockets? I ordered some shorts a while back to sleep in during the summer and they have pockets – great, big, huge, utilitarian pockets. And believe me, I’m one happy camper.
Four years ago, I fell and broke my shoulder. Bummer! (And I recovered beautifully with some tender loving care and great therapists.) In an effort to be as independent as possible during my recovery time, I put on a pair of leggings and fell in love. Like, seriously, where had these pants been all my life? I immediately grabbed my computer and one-handedly ordered more. And then I ordered more. It’s all I wear now and I make no apologies. (I do order them so that they’re not skin tight.) There’s just one problem… NO pockets.
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t mind carrying a purse, but there are times I just want to run into a store, or slip outside for a minute, and just need a few things in my pocket to do that. I’ve got a pocket sized bag I use in a pinch, but I have to remember to have it with me when the mood strikes. That doesn’t happen very often.
There seems to be some rule that men’s clothes have lots of pockets. Women’s clothes have few pockets, if any and are notorious for fake pockets. What’s up with that? Why would you have something that looks like a pocket, but isn’t a pocket? And, while we’re on that subject, why do they put pockets in baby clothes and not mom clothes? Babies don’t have phones or keys. Seriously, people!
Years ago, I had a pair of cargo shorts that had great pockets. They were also men’s shorts, so I’m giving up and buying men’s shorts again this year and I have high hopes they’ll satisfy my need for summer attire with pockets. There is a history of women wearing men’s clothes – for comfort AND for pockets. (We won’t go into the fact that I love wearing men’s shirts, too. They’re better made, last longer and are usually cheaper than women’s blouses.) Stay tuned.
If you’d like to read a really interesting article on the sexist history of pockets – and the lack thereof – check this out: https://www.mic.com/articles/133948/the-weird-complicated-sexist-history-of-pockets
I think while I’m waiting for my new shorts to arrive, I’ll take my gigantic, comfy pocketed shorts to the kitchen and see if I can bake some cupcakes. It’s MBH’s birthday and we’re celebrating tonight!