Bridesmaid dresses can be a dream or a nightmare depending on your bride’s tastes.
And while many a bridesmaid has wriggled into an unflattering gown, a wedding party in the UK has gone viral for a very unique reason.
“My friend got married last month and her dress and the bridesmaids’ dresses HAD POCKETS,” tweeted bridesmaid Nell Goddard.
“And yes, we did use them for storing snacks.”
My friend got married last month and her dress and the bridesmaids’ dresses ALL HAD POCKETS.
And yes, we did use them for storing snacks, thank you for asking.
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Yes, you heard right – all the women in the bridal party had pockets sewn into their dresses, allowing them to do things we gown-wearing girls could never dream of and actually carry things like tissues and snacks around on the big day.
Bride Eve Paterson had insisted on the design, as she feels the impracticality of a lot of women’s clothing is a real issue and a total double standard.
“You’d never expect to hire suits for guys and then ‘add pockets’ as an extra, so the idea that women have to do it is insane,” she told the Daily Mail UK.
“Women’s clothing simply doesn’t empower women as much as it should.”
The lack of pockets in women’s’ clothing has been a hot button issue for a while now, from the fake pockets on jackets to the miniscule, skin-tight pockets on the back of our jeans, women are often made to go without.
Generally the reasoning for the lack of storage space is that pockets can create bulk and ruin an outfit’s shape, but many of us would gladly give that up if it meant being able to fit more than a stick of gum in our back pocket.
Judith wappett@meadowbank31Replying to @alianoree and 3 others
Great put pockets in dresses and pose. But where’s the smiles and laughter . It supposed to be the happiest day of her life marrying the love of her life Surrounded by her best friends. At least 1 of them could crack a smile.
That was our ‘feeling empowered’ pose. Here’s our ‘loving life, keeping twitter happy’ pose. #wecandoboth pic.twitter.com/2FKrajIJ6T
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“Pockets are such a tiny issue in comparison to the oppression of women globally, but I think it plays into a much deeper misconception that women should look good rather than be practically equipped – but why should we have to choose?” Mrs Paterson said.
And the pockets have been a total hit with the internet, Ms Goddard’s tweet going viral while she was on an 11-hour plane trip, after which her phone “wasn’t able to cope”.
“If we were gonna go viral about anything, I’m glad it was something as surreal and unifying as pockets in dresses,” she tweeted.
Unifying is definitely the right word, with over 14,000 people liking her original tweet and almost 3,000 retweeting it, along with hundreds of women sharing their love of the pockets in the comments.
We got over 1 million hits on the BBC News website, and you can find us in the ‘i’ newspaper this morning.
If we were gonna go viral about anything, I’m glad it was something as surreal and unifying as pockets in dresses.
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“I really wish I’d thought of pockets when I got married. Such a little thing but so important,” one replied.
“This is the absolute best thing ever!” another wrote.
Now Mrs Paterson is hoping more women will realise that not only will pockets not ruin their wedding dressed, they’ll actually make them so much better.
“These dresses proved that it’s possible to look beautiful, feel amazing, and be practically equipped for the day, and I hope it encourages other brands to up their game on this as well.”