If you want to know how to steal a wallet, you’d better ask Fagin or the Artful Dodger! But if you’re wondering where should you carry your phone, or the best clothing choices for people who detest carrying a bag, you’ve come to the right place.
New tech is changing pockets – and well made clothes with plenty of space to stash your valuables are increasingly sought after. Here’s what to wear to look good and keep your electricals safe.
A pocket history
In medieval times, everyone carried a bag – sometimes in their hands, sometimes tied to their body by a string or a belt. But by the seventeenth century, tailors began to incorporate pockets into their designs – at least men’s tailors did:
“No pocketless people has ever been great since pockets were invented,” the New York Times wrote in 1899. “And the female sex cannot rival us while it is pocketless.”
Women’s clothing still often lacks pockets – have you wondered why so many girls are forced to carry their expensive mobile phones in the back pocket of their jeans? It’s because their front pockets aren’t deep enough. Apparently men need room to “jingle their change” but women don’t.
Leaving gender politics to one side, even those of us whose trousers feature voluminous pockets would struggle to accommodate one of today’s giant mobile phones, also known as “phablets”.
With the iPhone XS Max featuring a 6.5-inch screen, you’re talking a heck of a lot of phablet to fit in your pocket. And where the market leader leads, other manufacturers are already hot on their heels – the Samsung Galaxy Note 9’s screen is only 0.1 inches smaller at 6.4 inches.
Bigger phones mean bigger pockets, but luckily, our classic menswear already features just the right kind of pockets already – if a tweed jacket can accommodate pipe and tobacco, reading glasses, a pocket hardback, a hardboiled egg or two, plus a few trout flies, a modern mobile is small fry.
Patch, flap, jetted
A Samuel Windsor tweed jacket, a linen summer blazer, a suit jacket – all feature just the right pockets for your tech. But while a breast pocket is the ideal place to secrete your wallet, you might want to think twice before tucking your mobile away in there; some research suggests that carrying your phone next to your body may lead to the development of tumours, depression, diabetes and heart irregularities.
Whether that’s true or not is still subject to debate, but for those who prefer to play it safe, your outside jacket pocket is your best place for your phone. If you’re staying indoors, a silhouette enhancing jetted pocket is ideal, but if you’re heading outside into the weather, a flap pocket protects your hardware better than an open patch pocket.
Coats and pockets
Looking for a coat? Make sure you choose one that offers plenty of pockets to accommodate your gadgets. If you’re looking for something rugged and practical, a three-in-one explorer jacket should fit the bill. With a 100% waterproof outer shell, its big external flap pockets fasten with a popper to keep your phone and other valuables dry and secure.
After a more traditional look? For showerproof outerwear, a field jacket offers a comfortable and versatile option with decent sized secure outer pockets and a fastening internal pocket for your wallet or credit card. Or there’s always the sturdy 100% waxed jacket which features generous external pockets secured with poppers.
Here at Samuel Windsor, we know that having stood the test of time, classic clothing deals superbly well with anything modern life can throw at it. It’s also worth remembering that technology is here to serve us, and not the other way around – there’s something to be said for leaving the latest gadget at home along with a note which reads: “Gone fishing.”