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Runway Alert: Put a Pocket on It

The bigger the pocket, the bigger the impression denim made on the Spring ’19 catwalk.

In a season that steps away from denim’s traditional workwear roots, cargo pockets offer the most utilitarian dress code for men’s and women’s categories and the growing unisex market. The trend speaks to ’90s nostalgia, but feels fresh as pockets dance around garments in unexpected places on a wide-reaching range of jacket, vest and bottom silhouettes.

Alyx mixed laser printed denim sets adorned with classic cargo pocketing, fisherman-style vests and convertible cargo trousers into its ’90s-inspired spring collection. The pocketed styles were paired with extra-long belts with oversized grommets and slashed jeans.

The ’90s informed Sunnei’s wide-leg raver style jeans with extra-large side gusseted pockets. Off-White went big with wide-cut utilitarian vests front loaded with zip and flap pockets. Large cargo pockets added a casual, tomboy feel to Alberta Ferretti’s powder pink overalls.

And for those that don’t want to commit to cargo pockets, the waist bag serves as an on-trend alternative. Rather than being an add-on from the accessories circuit, brands designed fanny packs into their total look.

Matthew Adams Dolan cinched oversized jean shirts with matching denim belts and multi-pocked pouches. The belt bag look was carried into non-denim, but still indigo-friendly styles including Vien’s relaxed suiting and Gabriele Colangelo’s tie-dyed splashed jackets.