Every man owns at least one pair of trousers. These pants are not jeans and are not suit pants, but stand alone slacks. There are a number of trouser styles available, made of various fabrics, and showcase a variety of details. Pockets are an element of every pant that are often overlooked. It is useful to take more notice of the pockets in trousers however, as the right pocket can flatter quite significantly, while the “wrong” pocket can completely sabotage your look.
Here is an overview of the most common pocket types:
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This pocket, like the name suggests, is on the seam. It is a straight slit along the side seams of the trouser, which reduces the pockets’ visual impact. In some cases, you cannot even see that a pocket exists. Such pockets tend to have a slimming effect, great for guys with larger hip areas. If pockets are used often however, they tend to stretch out and stick out of the sides, creating a wider look than necessary.
Quarter Pockets or Sliced Pockets
These are the most common and traditional of pocket styles. Cut on an angle, they were originally designed to hold your hand inside, but with all the things you carry on a daily basis now, this type of pocket is most convenient still. They allow for “easy access”, regardless of what you are storing in your pockets. This style pocket is a great option for those who would like to opt for on-seam pockets but use their pockets often, as with frequent use, they still tend to lie flat once empty.
Continental Pockets or Slant Pockets
These pockets are usually found on fashion pants. They are slanted pockets, made obvious with top stitching. Originally found on British military uniforms, they are usually preferred by those interested in remaining cutting edge with their fashions and value small details. These are the least flattering pocket style listed, as the slant of the pocket is between a 45 degree angle and a horizontal line, creating a widening illusion.
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