Fashion, Trends

Pockets are enormous right now and we love it

The more you can hold right?

words by: Sahar Khraibani
Jul 13, 2020

Did you ever think that cargo pants would come back in style? Well, they may not have fully returned, but a major aspect of theirs is here to stay: pockets.

Enormous pockets on pants are in this season, and not only on pants, they now occupy slouchy overshirts and T-shirts. The utilitarian look has been appearing on and off in the menswear world for quite some time, but it has officially been revived this season and has appeared at fast-fashion retailers as well as on the outfits of Instagram influencers (like Justin Bieber and Kanye West—whose uniforms consist of heavily pocketed cargo pants and chore coats). 

Many designers have been incorporating giant pockets into their brands. Designer Christopher Lemaire has made overshirts with mega-sized pockets a staple of both his label and his collaboration with UNIQLO. On the other hand, Errolson Hugh and Rick Owens both made the futuristic statement-pockets-heavy outfits part of their inventory from their inception. But these huge pockets didn’t come out of nowhere: the past few seasons and trend cycles have been heavily influenced by utilitarian workwear, which in their nature make room for pockets as a utility function.

Like most style trends that get picked up from streetwear or workwear, they end up in the realm of high fashion. These gigantic pockets were picked up in this case by both the upper echelon of fashion and fast-fashion/retail stores such as ASOS, Zara, and Urban Outfitters.

We expect to see lots of pockets this summer season, and we can’t say we’re mad about it. We gotta store that hand sanitizer somewhere after all!