External pockets: men’s trendlet

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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Some people's wardrobes are about a small selection of pieces that all fit within one aesthetic - Tania Braukamper isn't such a person. With a wardrobe that spans three different rooms, her approach to fashion is a mixture of current-season key pieces mixed with vintage finds she's sourced on innumerous shopping trips around the world's more cultured capitals. Despite a disparate approach to shopping, Tania is adamant that the key to mixing vintage with new season is to stick to key looks and colours that work for oneself. And it's a theory that she works into her writing for Fashionising.com, where she serves as the publication's Editor.