1.3 The Little Mysteries: Pockets, Buttons, and Heels

The modern woman’s wardrobe contains many little mysteries. Why so few pockets? Why so many heels? And why are the buttons different on men’s and women’s shirts? In this episode, I discuss the times when pockets were detachable, men wore heels, and buttons were a mystery (as they still are today).

This episode belongs in Series 1: What’s in the Closet and How Did It Get There?

Selected Sources:

One of many sources I used for this episode was Tim Gunn’s Fashion Bible: The Fascinating History of Everything in Your Closet. It’s an entertaining read, but be warned. It’s light on history, and heavy on sharply worded opinions. Let’s just say that if this is the bible, then my wardrobe and I can look forward to a long eternity of fire and brimstone.

Tim Gunn's Fashion Bible: The Fascinating History of Everything in Your Closet by [Tim Gunn, Ada Calhoun]

London’s Victoria and Albert Museum has an article on the history of pockets. Google’s Arts and Culture site has an interesting presentation on the history of men in heels.

Featured image by StockSnap from Pixabay


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