Ever wondered what that little pocket in your jeans is really for?

Whether you are more of a tailored trouser wearer, or you prefer a chino, there’s no getting away from the popularity, and in many cases, comfort, of the denim jeans. It seems that there is an abundance of ‘fake’ pockets to trousers, coats, and shirts these, days.

A close up of a pair of jeans at Pieces of Time

When we hone in on the denim jean pockets, we’re sure you will have noticed the almost standard pocket count across the genders – two back pockets, two front pockets, and then that miniature rectangular pocket in one of the front pockets, more often than not on the right-hand side.

So what’s it used for? Some say coins, but most people can’t even get their fingers in there, let alone retrieving coins!

The consensus from historians and fashion aficionados is that Levi Strauss, iconic American jeans producer, added the pocket as a “watch pocket”, small enough to house your pocket watches (one at a time please).

Levis, it is claimed, introduced the pockets to cater for pocket watches worn by cowboys.

So there you have it, a simple answer that will surely have bugged many people you know!