Question #24448

What is that small pocket on the uppers inside of a the right front pocket on jeans for?

On just about every pair of jeans, there's a small pocket--or pouch just below the waist band on the upper right front pocket. I use it for loose change. Since I don't normally carry anything in these pockets except change and keys, I don't see as how I would need a separate pocket for change. Slacks...

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they are from when men carried pocket watches, and there is no real purpose for them today

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When jeans were designed back in the 1800's, people back then didn't have the items we have today such as rings for keys. So they had items that were very small. They kept those singular small items in that pocket. Today we have places to keep those items an not need that pocket. But the pocket still exist because it looks fashionable.

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A key or change is the purpose.

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It used to be for a pocket watch. Jeans are from a time before wristwatches, before wristwatches became cheap enough and durable enough to be practical for anyone other than the rich. Even a bit later, particular for farmers and laborers, which jeans were originally work pants, wearing a wristwatch while doing the kind of work that was typically done in jeans would ruin it, but a pocket watch would be fairly well protected and easily accessible in that pocket. Today, the pocket is vestigial, a remnant from Levi-Strauss's original design that carries forward as part of what makes jeans jeans.

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Pocket Watches. There is a chain that attaches to your belt. Then back in the day, men would slide their "pocket" watch into their pockets. Typically, the watch would slide down under whatever esle was carried in that pocket, and to get the time it was typical for a man to have to empty his pocket to get to his watch (they were heavy and woould sink below everything else.) As an added feature, some jeans manufacturers started adding this small pocket as a place to keep the watch, so it doesn't slide down into your pocket under everything else.