Why don’t women’s pants have pockets?

Why don’t women’s pants have pockets?

There are few things more frustrating than putting on a pair of pants and finding that they have unusable, tiny pockets.


Motley Muse


In the 17th century, design advancements allowed for construction of more traditional pockets, but they were added mostly to men’s clothes.

women with a reticule-small pouch to hold her belongings
From built-in pockets to the reticule

It wasn’t until the 20th century that women started to reclaim pockets.

The Suffragette Suit, 1910

During the World Wars, women stepped up to fill the missing roles that deployed men had previously held.

Women in men’s-style trousers during World War II
1950s patterns featured a return to traditionally feminine silhouettes (meaning fewer pockets)

The Pocket Revolution continues today.

Motley Muse pants includes large, functional front pockets

Throughout history, pockets have been associated with periods of progress in women’s rights and with greater gender equality. Pockets symbolize autonomy and authority. Next time you try and fail to fit your phone into your pants pocket, just know that you’re part of a centuries-long battle.



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