Top Trend: Oversized Pockets
The lack of pockets has been a long-standing plague in women’s fashion, and has many of us questioning: why don’t we get inside pockets in jackets? Why are the front pockets of our jeans so ridiculously tiny that a phone can’t fit? Why on earth do most shorts have fake pockets, as if women didn’t really need to carry things?
Well, the fashion Gods answered our prayers in spring/summer 2018. This season, we shall have pockets in abundance (we declare Pocket Gate officially over). And what we love most about this trend, besides the comfort it provides, is its versatility.
Inevitably, pockets complement nicely garments with a utilitarian vibe, like the immaculate offering from designer Dion Lee: a monochrome, all white, utilitarian style jacket layered on top of an equally immaculate midi dress. The twist of this look lays in the layering, which saw the central pocket at breast height on the dress line up perfectly with the ones on the jacket. It created a clever stylistic tryptic effect on the outfit. Alternatively Sportmax gave us a peak of athleisure-styled pockets with its pale yellow racing jumpsuit. It is so laid-back with its loose cut and rolled sleeves it makes you want to pull it on and take a lap. Fulfilling its athleisure purpose perfectly. In addition to being stunning, the jumpsuit is also convenient thanks to its array of asymmetrical and mismatching pockets that pepper the entire outfit.
But this very welcome addition to women’s garments also pops up in less predictable styles. We saw more dressed-up, chic outfits being embellished with oversized pockets, just like this vibrant orange jacket dress from Jacquemus, which has been upgraded with two oversized pockets on the hips. Not only do these pockets add a twist to the look and nicely underline the waistline, they also makes it fashionably feasible to carry nothing more than the designer’s extremely cute and already iconic micro bag. Another staple in the pocket – embellished wardrobe has to be the Mao-style jacket, and it’s no surprise to see versions of it pop up this season. The perfect example is designer Jonathan Anderson’s offering at Loewe. His beige jacket dress for the house is far from banality though, with its cut-out shoulder details and worn layered top of pants, to give it an urban edge.
Matthew Adams Dolan’s take on adding pockets where you wouldn’t necessarily expect them resulted in the combination of a deconstructed white shirt and red loose flare pants, adorned with XXL pockets located on the thighs and smaller ones at knee height. While at Jeremy Scott, oversized pockets almost go unnoticed on a sheer neon green ruffle extravaganza. The designer used pockets as a central element of his futuristic tracksuit, alongside a floor-length train and cat-eye sunglasses. Vivienne Tam as well experimented with unusual pocket placement. Her classic shirt got a modern update simply by Tam’s choice to place the pockets much lower than you’d expect them. Not to mention a third pocket located on the skirt, that instantly rendered the handbag an option rather than a necessity.
It is true that choosing which piece of clothing adorned with pockets to wear can be overwhelming. So if oversized pockets aren’t your speed, might we suggest a fanny pack? They too are all the rage. Because if there is one thing we’re certain of its that you will absolutely love leaving home hands free.
After studying Marketing at ESSEC Business School, Marta has recently joined Launchmetrics driven by the desire to engage in what thrills her most : fashion. When not scrolling through runway pictures or debating about prospective trends, she enjoys exploring new places in search of hidden gems.
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