Crystals! Studs! Sequins! Oh, my. Let’s talk about all the jazz you’ll find on women’s jeans pockets these days. Find out how to pick a perfect pocket that will suit your needs and your body type in this article from Murdoch’s clothing manager, Becca Doiel, in Fort Morgan, Colorado.
Pocket Flap or No Flap?
When to say YES: Choose a flap if your bum could benefit from the illusion of lift. Flaps on your pockets will make it look like you’ve been stair-stepping without actually doing the workout. They are a flat booty’s best friend.
When to say NO: Pass on a flap if you’re good with how round your booty is or appears. The point of a flap will accentuate it.
When to say MAYBE SO: Faux flap? Yes, it’s a thing. The flap is sewn onto the front of the pocket (not onto the jeans leg) to give the appearance of a flap but allows quick access to the pocket – there’s still a slit on top. It gives you easy access to your cell phone.
Perfect Pocket Placement
Width: Choose pockets that are placed perfectly for your particular body to give the illusion of shape. The farther apart the pockets are, the curvier you will appear. Depending on your body type, this can work for or against you. When the pockets are closer together, they fall in line with your legs, creating the illusion of height and a straighter shape. These Silver Suki jeans are good examples of a pair of jeans with pockets placed wide on the hips. These Miss Me jeans have pockets placed closer together, which elongates your appearance.
Height: Choose jeans with pockets that hit where your bottom meets the top of your thigh, or above. Any lower and you’ll give the appearance of sagging. (And no one wants that.) Oh, and another hint: if the pocket hits lower than this, try a smaller size. (And every woman wants that!)
Sizes: Some brands do a better job of right-sizing the pockets along with the actual jean sizes. As jean sizes go up, so should the pockets; otherwise, you lose proportionality. Pockets that are too small can actually start to make your rear look larger than it is.
We study jeans. While most brands do pay attention to proportions, Cowgirl Tuff does pocket proportions better than anyone else out there.
Perfectly Plain Pockets
There are some really good scenarios when wearing a basic pocket is a great idea.
Pockets on Riding Jeans
Stay away from embellishments when you’re riding horses. The more stitching and hardware you have on your pockets, the less comfortable you’ll be in the saddle. This includes pocket flaps. If you must wear flair, look for jeans with details elsewhere; brands are putting fun designs on the legs and cuffs. Ignore this advice, and you’ll damage your saddle quicker than a prairie fire with a tail wind.
Plain Pockets for Loud Shirts
Your style is relative to your personality, so what’s loud for you might be tame for your neighbor. Generally speaking, consider pairing your brightest and boldest tops with jeans pockets that don’t speak quite so loudly. Bold is beautiful, especially when it’s balanced in your outfit; let that top have the attention it deserves!
If you, personally, don’t want to draw attention to your booty (regardless of whether you are self-conscious or simply dress more conservatively), then it makes sense not to decorate it. We would suggest helping draw attention elsewhere with pretty earrings, a cute hairdo or fun boots!
Brands to browse:
Big Star >>
Embroidered Pocket Perfection
Embroidered pockets can add a festive dash of fun and color to your outfit. Plus, they’re highly versatile.
Embroidered pockets are a great way to be noticed without actively calling attention to your rear. Embroidery adds an element of personality and character, especially from brands that use distinctive designs.
Add a Splash – Not a Sparkle
A splash of color has a more casual effect than bling does. It’s a happy medium for women looking to spruce up their denim options without the full-on glitz. Using colorful threads on pocket designs is becoming more and more popular.
Stitching can get bulky and thick. However, for a short ride, embroidery alone won’t create an unlivable level of discomfort, and it definitely won’t damage your saddle like rhinestones.
Easily dress up or dress down your jeans with embroidered pockets. Depending on the accessories and the top you pair them with, you can make embroidered pockets as casual as you want. The most important accessory? Your shoes.
Brands to browse:
Cedar Rose >>
Cowgirl Tuff >>
Embellished Perfect Pockets
Bring on the studs, leather, crystals, buttons, and rivets.
Date Night or Girls Night Out
Pull on your flashiest denim, ’cuz we’re going dancing tonight! An evening out on the town, a rodeo, or a concert are all great venues to flaunt a flashy pair of pockets. Just use a little bit of common sense on leather car seats and dining chairs because your pockets can damage these surfaces. Sit on a towel in your car or truck to protect the seats. If you’re the “all-in” type, a bright and glitzy top will draw all eyes toward you.
On-Trend & Classic
Choose embellished pockets to wear with classic tops and footwear for a well-put-together look. We’re talking about a crisp white tailored shirt or a sharp leather jacket. Embellished jeans will update these timeless wardrobe staples.
Brands to browse:
Rock Revival – available in Murdoch’s stores
Miss Me >>
Wrangler Rock47 >>
Sage Denim >>