Types of Pants Pockets

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Types of Pants Pockets
A cheaper fabric usually lines inside of the pork chop pocket. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Pant pockets are designed for more than holding personal items -- they can also help accentuate a gal's figure. Proper pocket placement can help trousers to fall better or support the body's curves. Additionally, pockets can be used as a design element -- piping, embroidery, riveting and studding can add flair to designer jeans and trousers.

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Chic and simple, the placket pocket has a narrow slit opening, which is often trimmed with piping made from the trouser's fabric. The understated pocket is also known as a "welt" pocket and is often applied to dress slacks. The inside of the pocket is made from a cheaper lining material, such as nylon, and is usually shallow so it doesn't disrupt the way the trousers hang. This unobtrusive quality allows placket pockets to be used on the front and back of a pair of trousers.


One of the more obvious pant pockets is the patch, which is often made from the same material and stitched on top of the trousers. Patch pockets are often used as rear pockets, as their placement can help lift the buttocks. However, sometimes they are used as front pockets, as in the case of the cargo trousers. Patch pockets are often embellished with top stitching and trim across the top of the pocket. Buttons or snaps can also be added to close the pocket.


The body of the tab pocket resides inside of the trouser, and only the flap is visible. This flap is normally fashioned out of the same material as the pant, but the inside is usually made of a cheaper material. These pockets can be used for the front or back, and some styles have decorative top stitching along the top or around the flaps perimeter. Tab pockets are often closed with Velcro, buttons or snaps, which helps them to lie flat.

Pork Chop

The pork chop pocket gets its name due to its shape -- it has a deep U-shape that stretches from the waistline to side seam. This closure is often used on the front of denim jeans and sometimes includes a smaller coin pocket. Like the tab pocket, the pouch is usually made of a less expensive fabric and lies flat inside of the trousers. Pork chop pockets are often embellished by top stitching and rivets.

Coin Pocket

A pocket that normally finishes off a pair of five-pocket jeans is the coin pocket. At 3 to 4 inches, this pouch is usually just big enough to house loose change and is often situated in the space between the waistband and pork chop pocket. There is usually only one coin pocket on a pair of jeans, and it's fashioned out of denim and secured with top stitching and riveting.

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