The little side pocket on jeans, what are they for?

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So, yeah the little pocket that is inside the front pocket on the right side (in men's jeans). What use are they?:

1) Coin holding: NO! coins would get stuck and be very hard to get out.
2) Thumb warmer: NO! very uncomfortable
3) Comb holding: MAYBE! I reckon in the 50's rockers would have kept their combs in them, but you can't sit down without the comb digging into your side

So, do you know the answer? Care to speculate?

jel --, Friday, 5 July 2002 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink

yeah it is for coins. if they're hard to get out your pants are too tight.

, Friday, 5 July 2002 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink

Yes coins. It's on that angle so they don't fall out when you sit down.

Andrew, Friday, 5 July 2002 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink

I have always called it a watch pocket, I don't really know where this came from, but if it is true then it could be a place were you can keep an old watch (one of those ones on a chain)

davel, Friday, 5 July 2002 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink

key. pocket watch. drugs.

Alan T, Friday, 5 July 2002 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink

mark s, Friday, 5 July 2002 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink

eek! I don't want ghosts in my jeans pockets!

jel --, Friday, 5 July 2002 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink

Plectrums. I was forever losing them until I made that a designated plectrum pocket.

Matt, Friday, 5 July 2002 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink

matt ist OTM bout the plectrums and i think i may suggest that to our singer who is CONSTANTLLY nicking pleccies off me. howevah this reminds me of a funny story about my mum. when she was in France in the sixties man, she bought this super pair of lime green jeans but was mystified that there was a pocket on the INSIDE of them! eventually it transpired that they were men's jeans and it was a WILLY POUCH! i don't see how that would work tho but she swears it's ver troof!

katie, Friday, 5 July 2002 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink

hehe! I wonder if there is a dude named WILLY POUCH! there should be!

jel --, Friday, 5 July 2002 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink

THUMB WARMER! What a great idea. In future I am going to use that pocket for that purpose even if it is uncomfortable, because I like the idea that someone was designing jeans and thort "OH I KNOW WHAT EVERYONE NEEDS - WARM THUMBS!*&%". The thing is, IT BECAME SO POPULAR that all jeans now have them, even though most people don't know what they're for!?#! It became FASION FOLKLORE!?)()

Steve.n., Friday, 5 July 2002 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink

The problem with the thumbwarmer thing is that when you do it you will look like you are doing the Mud Tiger Feet dance.

davel, Friday, 5 July 2002 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink

and this is a problem why?

tyger-lite s, Friday, 5 July 2002 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink

I suppose that would be a bonus if you liked Mud a lot, maybe Mud invented the pocket to try and encourage people to do their dance and perhaps sell records.

davel, Friday, 5 July 2002 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink

first of all mark its a rubber not a cartoon
second of all whats the differnce b/w a plectrums and a oick
third of all, i knew a leather queen who sewed a sheepskin sheath on the inside of his jeans
fourth, it was orginally designed for pocket watches

anthony, Friday, 5 July 2002 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink

Surely it's too narrow for a pocket watch? I use mine for lipstick / lighter though my current jeans don't have one.

Emma, Friday, 5 July 2002 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink

the original ones were large, i know a few folks who still use it for this function btw

anthony, Friday, 5 July 2002 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink

Yup, lipstick, lighter, occassionaly biros, but then I also tie my hair back with biros, fill my handbag with biros and put biros in myback pockets. Then they all vanish as soon as anyone actually wants a pen.

Anna, Friday, 5 July 2002 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink

Without those pockets your thumbs would get frostbite and fall off. You may think this is a minor issue but then consider that you wouldn't be able to win THUMB WARS.

DG, Friday, 5 July 2002 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink

Emma, I kind of thought you fold a wrist watch over and put the two ends of the strap in there, but I realise this is silly and I probably made it up.

Graham, Friday, 5 July 2002 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink

The problem with the thumbwarmer thing is that when you do it you will look like you are doing the Mud Tiger Feet dance.

For this to work you would need a similar pocket on the other side (for your left thumb).

I can't be bothered to research it but these little pockets must be some kind of workwear hangover (like those Carhartt workpants with the pockets halfway down the legs that were originally designed for spanners, hammers whatever).

David, Friday, 5 July 2002 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink

I can't be bothered to research it but these little pockets must be some kind of workwear hangover The workmen needed warm thumbs to perform their jobs properly, obv.

I had a friend who claims he once put his little pockets to use for NURSING DAMAGED HONEYBEES. I believe this claim to be false however.

Steve.n., Friday, 5 July 2002 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink

also for storing ZUZU'S PETALS! (and other rub 80s indie acts)

Alan T, Friday, 5 July 2002 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink

My head hurts.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 5 July 2002 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink

Wait. Is this pocket visible outside? A pocket that is sewn inside the right-hand pocket; inside and not visible from the outside is definately for change. If it's the pocket that's slightly above the main one and visible outside, it's for a pocket watch.

Sean, Friday, 5 July 2002 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink

have heard it referred to as a condom pocket,in such a way that would imply that that was what they were known as to everyone,i think in a levi's ad or something(could be imagining that though)...also known as a nodge (small amount of hash)pocket,i use it to keep money in....

robin, Friday, 5 July 2002 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink

Hmm, they are probably for keys, the odd condom, those new tiny mobile phones or something

Nichole Graham, Sunday, 7 July 2002 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink

it's a ticket pocket, innit? according to my ma's oxendales catalogue, anyway. clothes catalogues are fonts of useless information about what to call funny details of tailoring. read one and you will soon be conversing knowledgeably about plackets, self belts, knife pleats, pin tucks and other such amazing things.

rener, Monday, 8 July 2002 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink

It is for tiny things that must not get lost but may be discarded by the time it come to forgetting to empty it prior to putting the jeans in the wash eg.(esp.) pass out ticket from Glastonbury.

N., Monday, 8 July 2002 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...
I <3 (heart!!!) this thread!

jel -- (jel), Monday, 19 August 2002 17:52 (11 years ago) Permalink

5 months pass...
well. still don't know what it is for.

Jil, Wednesday, 22 January 2003 15:35 (11 years ago) Permalink

pocket pool surely.

Chris V. (Chris V), Wednesday, 22 January 2003 15:46 (11 years ago) Permalink

"It is for tiny things that must not get lost but may be discarded by the time it come to forgetting to empty it prior to putting the jeans in the wash eg.(esp.) pass out ticket from Glastonbury"

OTM

Condoms and drugs mostly

smee (smee), Wednesday, 22 January 2003 15:50 (11 years ago) Permalink

Its a 'watch pocket'
In older days when people used to carry watches instead of wearing them on their wrists. A seperate pocket was required so the watch didn't get scratched by other items in your pockets.

(anthony is OTM)

Fuzzy (Fuzzy), Wednesday, 22 January 2003 15:57 (11 years ago) Permalink

anthoney and fritz are correct.

gygax!, Wednesday, 22 January 2003 16:39 (11 years ago) Permalink

and i didn't even know that!

Fritz Wollner (Fritz), Thursday, 23 January 2003 03:41 (11 years ago) Permalink

OB tampons.

That Girl (thatgirl), Thursday, 23 January 2003 03:44 (11 years ago) Permalink

whoops i meant fuzzy, sorry fritz.

fritz said it would be like this.

gygax!, Thursday, 23 January 2003 04:41 (11 years ago) Permalink

from when SNL was still good (okay, a matter for debate) "you can put your weeeeeed in it"

luna (luna.c), Thursday, 23 January 2003 05:38 (11 years ago) Permalink

7 months pass...
Nah, the baggie might get slightly caught and unroll when you take it out. No good. I use to carry a pocketwatch around--never liked how a watch feels--and would keep it in there.
And now you know...the rest of the story.

oops (Oops), Saturday, 23 August 2003 06:26 (10 years ago) Permalink

fuck watches. I wear work pants with the hammer loop and the tool pocket. My cell (which doubles as my watch) goes in the pocket for the hammer handle and the rest is for various other accoutrements. It's cool, like the cargo pockets on shorts but without all the annoying buttons and velcro etc.

Millar (Millar), Saturday, 23 August 2003 06:30 (10 years ago) Permalink

I tried that but found it annoying to have my phone in that pocket--too low, would slap against my leg.

oops (Oops), Saturday, 23 August 2003 06:34 (10 years ago) Permalink

its on 'womens jeans too' !! hey!

i find it is just an annoying little pocket that i try to put my keys in and when they dont fit i realise " oh im trying to fit them in the stupid LITTLE pocket!"

pockets are a great thing though, arent they? i love em.
if i was a bigger peson i would have clothes covered in pockets so i could carry all my stuff in them without the need for a bag! as it is, i would probably be so weighed down i would be crawling :-(

donna (donna), Saturday, 23 August 2003 06:55 (10 years ago) Permalink

I have pants like that too Millar, the low side pocket is also perfect for smokes

s1utsky (slutsky), Saturday, 23 August 2003 07:09 (10 years ago) Permalink

oops (Oops), Saturday, 23 August 2003 07:10 (10 years ago) Permalink

Uh, $20 baggies of coke. Duh.

Texas Sam (thatgirl), Saturday, 23 August 2003 07:17 (10 years ago) Permalink

Mark S is the only one to have got it right so far.

Mark C (Mark C), Saturday, 23 August 2003 09:33 (10 years ago) Permalink

thanks to oops and Sam I have now decided all dealers should dress like that

Millar (Millar), Saturday, 23 August 2003 14:19 (10 years ago) Permalink

As above: keys, plectrums.

[If you want to post here, drop the racist name - Moderator], Sunday, 24 August 2003 00:37 (10 years ago) Permalink

6 months pass...
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bandit, Friday, 19 March 2004 21:14 (10 years ago) Permalink

If those pockets are for pocket watches, and mobile phones are the new pocket watch, shouldn't someone re-design those pockets to fit a phone? If it went behind your pocket rather than inside it, that would work, surely?

Johnney B (Johnney B), Saturday, 20 March 2004 18:52 (10 years ago) Permalink

I use them for pennies when I have to go buy a single stamp (which is fairly frequently). I don't like those worthless one-cent things rubbing against my dimes and quarters.I also use it for my headphone adapter (I have to use my walkman headphones when I'm on the radio and the deck uses big jacks)

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Saturday, 20 March 2004 19:07 (10 years ago) Permalink

I have a tiny clamshell Samsumg phone, and it does fit in the watchpocket of some of my jeans.

Sick Nouthall (Nick Southall), Saturday, 20 March 2004 19:19 (10 years ago) Permalink

I've never worn a watch. Never liked 'em. And I don't own a cell phone. So I sometimes have to ask people what time it is. And it's interesting to me how many people do use their cell phones as their portable timepiece. I wonder if watches will be obsolete soon.

jaymc (jaymc), Saturday, 20 March 2004 21:16 (10 years ago) Permalink

being a playa i keep a travel toothbrush in my little pocket as i never know where i shall be in the morning

william pouch, Tuesday, 30 March 2004 13:53 (10 years ago) Permalink

I use it to store uncut diamonds when traveling as part of my glamorous international lifestyle. Especially conflict diamonds.

Skottie, Tuesday, 30 March 2004 14:36 (10 years ago) Permalink

This is, of course, problematic because my tuxedo trousers (and I'm usually wearing a tux as part of my glamorous international lifestyle, of course) don't have a watch/conflict diamond pocket. So I have to wear Levis underneath my tuxedo trousers. This too is problematic, because it makes it harder to have sex with Halle Berry at the drop of a hat, also part of the job.

Skottie, Tuesday, 30 March 2004 14:53 (10 years ago) Permalink

And lint. Conflict lint.

Skottie, Tuesday, 30 March 2004 17:26 (10 years ago) Permalink

4 months pass...
it's for storing pot when going through customs. I'm sure that's what Levi Strauss had in mind.

bip, Wednesday, 4 August 2004 18:17 (9 years ago) Permalink

dude, i smoked pot crumbs and lint out of one of those pockets for like 3 months

Holy Crap! Typhoon is Coming!!! :O (ex machina), Wednesday, 4 August 2004 18:32 (9 years ago) Permalink

This is good shit mang.

What is it?

It's a mix of some white rhino and some levis 501.

nickalicious (nickalicious), Wednesday, 4 August 2004 18:37 (9 years ago) Permalink

maybe that belgian model should have stored her cocaine there when coming from france into NY. :-)

jesus nathalie (nathalie), Wednesday, 4 August 2004 18:37 (9 years ago) Permalink

It's where I keep an extra piece of love for you.

Huck, Wednesday, 4 August 2004 18:39 (9 years ago) Permalink

Smoking lint causes brane damage!

Michael White (Hereward), Wednesday, 4 August 2004 18:41 (9 years ago) Permalink

I put a tube of Super Glue in that little pocket once. Good thing. I guess it got flexed too much from being in a pocket, and it split in the middle, and soaked the fabric and now there's a little fozzilized lump of super glue tube in that pocket. If it had been in the big pocket, it would have gotten fossilized to my leg instead of soaking the fabric. God damn that would have been hard to get those pants off & take care of. Probably would have had to cut off the pocket and then had a pocket glued to my leg for a week.

Queen Electric Butt Prober BZZT!! BZZZZZT!! (Queen Electric Butt Prober BZZ), Thursday, 5 August 2004 14:32 (9 years ago) Permalink

You need a ticket to pass out at Glastonbury?

OleM (OleM), Thursday, 5 August 2004 17:37 (9 years ago) Permalink

despite all these years, I'm beginning to think thumb warmer is the logical answer to this.

jel -- (jel), Thursday, 5 August 2004 17:43 (9 years ago) Permalink

11 months pass...
A Zippo lighter seems to fit perfectly into one of these pockets.

MikeD, Friday, 22 July 2005 12:33 (8 years ago) Permalink

I use mine either for guitar picks, if I'm at band practice or about to play a show, or sometimes if I'm taking the bus and I get my bus fare out of my wallet but I don't want to hold on to it while waiting for the bus, I keep my premeasured bus fare in there.

n/a (Nick A.), Friday, 22 July 2005 13:35 (8 years ago) Permalink

That smallest size of swiss army knife.

Truckdrivin' Buddha (Rock Hardy), Friday, 22 July 2005 13:37 (8 years ago) Permalink

sometimes you just need a small pocket.

AaronK (AaronK), Friday, 22 July 2005 13:54 (8 years ago) Permalink

It's alright for a small cell phone.

Jordan (Jordan), Friday, 22 July 2005 13:58 (8 years ago) Permalink

You all must have tiny fingers and very loose jeans.

geyser muffler and a quarter (Dave225), Friday, 22 July 2005 13:59 (8 years ago) Permalink

4 years pass...

you guys are all so pistachios and starky, thank you for the help. i was very confused about life, and didn't know what the little pocket was for, but thanks to all of you; i now know the reason for my cute little mini-pocket :)

Kate and riley, Monday, 1 March 2010 17:27 (4 years ago) Permalink

my birthday is in 14 days

Kate and riley, Monday, 1 March 2010 17:31 (4 years ago) Permalink

i mean 13

Kate and riley, Monday, 1 March 2010 17:32 (4 years ago) Permalink

my friend brody told me its in 13 not 14. silly me

Kate and riley, Monday, 1 March 2010 17:32 (4 years ago) Permalink

i have a cat

Kate and riley, Monday, 1 March 2010 17:33 (4 years ago) Permalink

this place is like yahoo answers but with polls and puppy videos.

('_') (omar little), Monday, 1 March 2010 17:33 (4 years ago) Permalink

gelatinous rube (brownie), Monday, 1 March 2010 17:36 (4 years ago) Permalink

aw

jed_, Monday, 1 March 2010 17:36 (4 years ago) Permalink

That little pocket is where one keeps one's Ingersoll Dollar Pocket Watch.

Aimless, Monday, 1 March 2010 20:07 (4 years ago) Permalink

Aimless, you know that the watch goes in the pocket of one's waistcoat!

La religion est une fatigante solution de paresse (Michael White), Monday, 1 March 2010 20:45 (4 years ago) Permalink

Msr. White, the Ingersoll watch was the watch of the masses, the working man, the farmer and the railroad worker. Waistcoat, indeed! (snorts derisively)

Aimless, Monday, 1 March 2010 20:50 (4 years ago) Permalink

Pocket knife

FIST FIGHT! FIST FIGHT! FIST FIGHT IN THE PARKING LOT! (milo z), Monday, 1 March 2010 20:58 (4 years ago) Permalink

I hate this pocket. My phone keeps getting caught on it when putting it in my normal pocket.

Jeff, Monday, 1 March 2010 21:01 (4 years ago) Permalink

Wait until something gets caught in your duodenal appendix while trying to pass through your gut. same type problem, really.

Aimless, Monday, 1 March 2010 21:02 (4 years ago) Permalink

these pockets work perfect for coins fuck the haterz!!!!

for HOOM the bell tolls (M@tt He1ges0n), Monday, 1 March 2010 21:19 (4 years ago) Permalink

this pocket is for your one hitter and half-size bic lighter. (bag of weed elsewhere, more cleverly hidden.)

Joint Custody (ian), Monday, 1 March 2010 21:26 (4 years ago) Permalink

rectum.

The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall, Monday, 1 March 2010 21:43 (4 years ago) Permalink

hardly knew 'em.

Joint Custody (ian), Monday, 1 March 2010 21:45 (4 years ago) Permalink

That pocket watch is fucking huge and wouldn't fit in any of my pockets

Slacker Bilk (S-), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 05:19 (4 years ago) Permalink

how do you know? you don't have any frame of reference

noted schloar (dyao), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 05:25 (4 years ago) Permalink

even if it is, maybe it's time to get a new pair of pants

noted schloar (dyao), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 05:25 (4 years ago) Permalink


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