While most trends move from women’s to men’s, here’s a little micro trend for fall 2011 that has originated more from the latter: the exposed pocket. Tailoring with a utilitarian twist, it’s a pocket that sits – like a pouch – on the outside of a garment.

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External pocket at Kris Van Assche, A/W ’11

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External pockets for men

It’s always harder to come up with new details for men that are unique and fresh and yet still wholly wearable. And while this play on pockets isn’t something we’ll see on every jacket and pant on every street, it’s a detail that fits the criteria for a wearable mens micro-trend.

During the fall 2011 menswear shows we spotted these exposed pockets at the likes of Kris Van Assche, Marni, and Jean//Philip; each designer crossing elements of smart tailoring with casual workwear.

In fact, the external pocket is born of a wider trend towards relaxed tailoring and casual detailing. It’s closely tied to new shapes in mens pants and suiting that shift away from the super-slim; so as we move towards 2012, keep an eye out for the marrying of looser cuts with details like the external pocket. You’re bound to see more of it.

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External pocket at Kris Van Assche, A/W ’11

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