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31st Dec '15 10:11:28 AM eroock
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[[caption-width-right:282:Future space explorers from the far off 1997 mock our outdated concept of "pockets" and "purses".]]

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31st Dec '15 10:07:49 AM eroock
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* Thoroughly averted in ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'', by the look of the [[http://s3.amazonaws.com/images.hitfix.com/assets/8550/marty-mcfly-jr-pants-inside-out.png fashion in 2015]].
29th Dec '15 11:06:49 AM Conradus
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** In James Blish's Star Trek novel ''Spock Must Die!'', Scotty bemoans the lack of pockets for his tools.
26th Dec '15 6:47:31 PM nombretomado
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* This was quite common in SilverAge superhero costumes.

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* This was quite common in SilverAge [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] superhero costumes.



** SilverAge Comicbook/{{Superman}}'s cape contained a hidden pocket where he keeps his (compressed-by-his-super-strength-somehow) Clark Kent clothes. Considering the way his power worked at that time, he probably supercompressed them...

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** SilverAge [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] Comicbook/{{Superman}}'s cape contained a hidden pocket where he keeps his (compressed-by-his-super-strength-somehow) Clark Kent clothes. Considering the way his power worked at that time, he probably supercompressed them...
17th Oct '15 3:57:22 PM nombretomado
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* In ''PlanetSide 2'', the Vanu Sovereignty - [[MachineCult a group of precursor worshipers]] - have zero pockets on pretty much all of their classes [[FutureSpandex courtesy of them all wearing spandex armor]]. Their Engineer ''does'' have pockets in the form of what appears to wildly impractical metal suspenders. Averted by the more down-to-earth [[TheEmpire Terran Republic]] and [[MegaCorp New Conglomerate]], both of whom feature copious amounts of pockets on their fatigues and utility belts on their support classes.

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* In ''PlanetSide ''VideoGame/PlanetSide 2'', the Vanu Sovereignty - [[MachineCult a group of precursor worshipers]] - have zero pockets on pretty much all of their classes [[FutureSpandex courtesy of them all wearing spandex armor]]. Their Engineer ''does'' have pockets in the form of what appears to wildly impractical metal suspenders. Averted by the more down-to-earth [[TheEmpire Terran Republic]] and [[MegaCorp New Conglomerate]], both of whom feature copious amounts of pockets on their fatigues and utility belts on their support classes.
5th Oct '15 11:21:00 AM StFan
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* Initially played straight then averted in SchlockMercenary. Lieutenant commander “Sensei” Shodan bemoans the fact that the grunts have been issued with uniforms with pockets as the will now want to put things in them.

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* Initially played straight then averted in SchlockMercenary. ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary''. Lieutenant commander “Sensei” Shodan bemoans the fact that the grunts have been issued with uniforms with pockets as the they will now want to put things in them.
9th Sep '15 8:58:36 PM JustKnown
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* Lampshaded in [[JohnVarley John Varley's]] ''[[Literature/EightWorlds Steel Beach]]'' when Hildy points out that in a FreeLoveFuture society that lives in enclosed environments pockets are the primary reason people would even bother to wear clothes.

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* Lampshaded in [[JohnVarley John Varley's]] ''[[Literature/EightWorlds Steel Beach]]'' when Hildy points out that in a FreeLoveFuture society with NoNudityTaboo that lives in enclosed environments pockets are the primary reason people would even bother to wear clothes.
17th Aug '15 4:50:27 AM RegShoe
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*Initially played straight then averted in SchlockMercenary. Lieutenant commander “Sensei” Shodan bemoans the fact that the grunts have been issued with uniforms with pockets as the will now want to put things in them.

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18th May '15 7:06:50 AM StFan
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* ''Series/BuckRogersInTheTwentyFifthCentury'' (with Gil Gerard) suffered from this. Men and women wore skin-tight uniforms that didn't permit pockets - but looked really good on Erin Gray.
* ''BlakesSeven'' had the same problem despite the more flamboyant look of the protagonists. Which caused the actors to make the ObligatoryJoke when a bomb or device had to be produced to attack a Federation Base, [[AssShove yet hadn't been seen in their hands]] when they transported down to the planet.

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* ''Series/BuckRogersInTheTwentyFifthCentury'' (with Gil Gerard) suffered suffers from this. Men and women wore wear skin-tight uniforms that didn't don't permit pockets - -- but looked look really good on Erin Gray.
* ''BlakesSeven'' had ''Series/BlakesSeven'' has the same problem despite the more flamboyant look of the protagonists. Which caused the actors to make the ObligatoryJoke when a bomb or device had has to be produced to attack a Federation Base, [[AssShove yet hadn't been seen in their hands]] when they transported down to the planet.



* The uniforms in Series/{{Space1999}} all lack pockets. Apparently the only pieces of personal equipment that need to be carried around at all times are the ray gun and communicator which are hung from the belt.

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* The uniforms in Series/{{Space1999}} ''Series/{{Space 1999}}'' all lack pockets. Apparently the only pieces of personal equipment that need to be carried around at all times are the ray gun and communicator which are hung from the belt.
16th May '15 1:27:59 PM CaptainCrawdad
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** And even with sewing machines, making pockets ''well'' is surprisingly difficult, even more so than button holes. Making a draw-string pouch is, comparatively, quite simple.
* Most off-the-rack vests have decorative-only pockets, since most modern men don't carry pocket watches anymore.
** Most off-the-rack vests ''and'' jackets have actual pockets, but the manufacturers sew them shut, presumably for "fashion" reasons. In case the wearer needs a little more utility from their pocket than just a fancy slit on the garment, it's pretty easy to just pop the stitches out and use them like normal.
* Figure that pocketing items tends to disrupt the lines, and can stretch the fabric making the cut of the clothes even less impeccable. The finer the clothing, the less the designers want to encourage the use of exterior pockets. Contrast any clothing with pockets pleated specifically for expansion, such as cargo pants.

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** And even with sewing machines, making pockets ''well'' is surprisingly difficult, even more so than button holes. Making a draw-string pouch is, comparatively, quite simple.
* Most off-the-rack vests have decorative-only pockets, since most modern men don't carry pocket watches anymore.
** Most off-the-rack vests ''and'' jackets have actual pockets, but the manufacturers sew them shut, presumably for "fashion" reasons. In case the wearer needs a little more utility from their pocket than just a fancy slit on the garment, it's pretty easy to just pop the stitches out and use them like normal.
* Figure
anymore. Pockets that pocketing items tends to disrupt the lines, and can stretch the fabric making the cut of the clothes even less impeccable. The finer the clothing, the less the designers want to encourage the use of exterior pockets. Contrast any clothing with pockets pleated specifically for expansion, such as cargo pants.do exist are often sewn shut.



** The uniform for at least one credit card manufacturer does not have pockets, and it's ''definitely'' for [[StealingFromTheTill security reasons]].
** In the book ''Skunk Works'', Lockheed engineer Ben Rich had the pockets taken off workers uniforms. They'd stick pens and tools in their pockets only to have the pocketed items damage fragile parts of aircraft under construction or get lost inside aircraft as the workers climbed inside them.
* Employees at theme park games will usually only have one pocket in the rear. Probably so they won't have anywhere to steal handled money and to prevent them from sitting down.
** Goes for plenty of other theme park workers as well, including those that never get near money.



** This is particularly difficult for female students at Oxford, who have to sit all their exams (and there are many) wearing academic gowns (with no pockets) and a white blouse and formal dark skirt or trousers. As mentioned above, women's smart trousers often don't have any pockets, and you can't take a handbag into the exam. Most women carry pens and their keys in their mortarboards, which traditionally you have to carry but not wear. (Men get to wear a suit, so most do have pockets.)



* (Open) pockets don't work very well in zero gravity, so it's not unreasonable to imagine that anyone who expects (or wants to appear as though they expect) to live in orbit will wear garments that have pockets that are sealable, and possibly located on the inside rather than the outside of their clothing.
** Current space fashion is for flight suits and pants with Velcroed pockets, and normal shorts and polo shirts for special occasions.
** On that note, the majority of tactical clothing will use at least velcro fasteners and damn near any kind of flight suit will have a secure zipper on every pocket.
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