The Politics of Pockets
Did you know the history of pockets is political, even sexist? Men’s clothing tends to have ample, visible pockets; women’s clothing tends to have small pockets (sometimes fake ones!), if any at all. How did this happen? On the surface, pockets seem to be a reasonable ask. Indeed, women have been seeking them for over a century. Yet time and time again, from corsets to skinny jeans, fashion has failed them. Oscar Wilde said it best: “fashion is merely a form of ugliness so absolutely unbearable that we have to alter it every six months!”
At Semifinalist, we are staunchly pro-pockets. Deep, real pockets you can sink your hands into. You will find them in every dress, skirt or pants we make. Pockets facilitate utility, independence and confidence — allowing for physical and psychological freedom. They are liberating and enable that sly hands-in-pocket casual, yet in control demeanor. Having pockets brings us joy. Clearly, they transcend fashion.