What is a shirt smile pocket? First let’s
discuss whether or not you know what the word “pocket" means. Even
though we assume you understand the meaning already, here is a brief
definition. A pocket is a bag- or envelope-like receptacle
either fastened to or inserted in an article of clothing to hold small
items. They are most commonly used on pants & shirts. Pockets may
also be attached to luggage, backpacks, sweatshirts, and similar items.
Even handbags have pockets. Pockets are a perfect place to keep
your car keys or your hands in cold weather. For you historians,
the older usage of the term pocket often referenced a separate small bag
The smile pocket is typically unique to
western shirts. However, it can obviously be used for clothing that
is not western in nature. This type of pocket comes in both a faux
(non-functioning version) and a functional design. Smile pockets have a
curved, usually angled, opening that is most often defined by piping at
its border. The border comes to a point resembling an arrow (and
resembling a smile from a face).
Do you own shirts with smile pockets? If yes,
do you also ride a horse?
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