make-believe: pockets.

November 21, 2017

make-believe: pockets | reading my tea leavesBecause pockets just shouldn’t be hard to come by, here’s my ode to the handy compartment so often missing from women’s clothes. Here’s to needing pockets for cell phones, pockets for keys, pockets for change and for desiccating leaves. What? I couldn’t help the rhyme! Besides, I can’t be the only one around here with pockets full of leafy treasure. Whatever you fill your pockets with, I think we’ll all agree that it’s awfully nice to have them. (And in case you’re not convinced that pockets are necessary…here’s a brief history to convince you otherwise.)

A potter’s coat with pockets, to wear over…

Pants with extra-deep pockets and 

the perfect waffle-weave turtleneck.

A multi-pocketed project bag,

To fit a pocket-sized tome,

A little color for rosy cheeks and lips,

some cardamom and ginger,

And something special for replenishing your glow.

A miniature pen for jotting down spells notes.

A scarf dyed with onion skins,

A tiger’s eye cuff,

And rose quartz studs.

In case of a cold snap, the world’s warmest winter boots,

And a hat for keeping warm.

In an effort to ground all of this make-believing in something a bit more down to earth, here are a few things we might do to help folks in need, especially at the holidays.:

Give folks a warm meal: This Thanksgiving, The Bowery Mission will serve meals to thousands of hungry New Yorkers. A twenty dollar donation provides more than twelve Thanksgiving meals. Donate here.

Keep pantries stocked: City Harvest redirects excess food from supermarkets, manufacturers, restaurants, and farmers to soup kitchens and food pantries across New York City. During the holiday season, they run the city’s largest food drive, with the goal of collecting one million pounds of food. Any business, organization, or school can participate. All the details for setting up a drive, right here.

Help folks stay warm: The 29th Annual New York Cares Coat Drive launched last week. This year, the goal is to collect and distribute 125,000 coats to New Yorkers in need. Drop off coats at any designated drop-off centers, or donate directly right here. $20 provides a coat to a New Yorker in need.

In case you missed it, last year’s guide to charitable giving.

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  • Reply Hanna November 21, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    What a nice selection! I just listened to a fascinating podcast episode of “Stuff Mom Never Told You” about the missing pockets in women’s clothing. You would probably really enjoy it:


    • Reply ERIN BOYLE November 21, 2017 at 1:39 pm

      Can’t wait to listen! Thank you!!

      • Reply Natalie November 21, 2017 at 3:38 pm

        Hah! I was just about to suggest that exact podcast episode – it’s spot on about pockets in women’s clothing 🙂

  • Reply Lou November 21, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    Pockets: a sensitive subject, having had my phone pinched from my pocket at the weekend! Going forward, I dig pockets with zips 😉

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE November 21, 2017 at 2:29 pm

      Sorry to hear!

  • Reply jane November 21, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    Yes! Love the pieces…love the colors…love the pockets…love the generosity!

  • Reply Jess November 21, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    Always love your curations but I must be the most frugal person on the planet, everything is so pricey!

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE November 21, 2017 at 3:17 pm

      Ah yes, hence the make-believe. I love this series as a way to daydream a bit, showcase independent designers, and support the work of small businesses and charities.

  • Reply Jennifer November 21, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    Another reason Elizabeth Suzann is queen of women’s clothing…such good pockets!!

  • Reply Kirsten November 22, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    Ugh I love those new ES pants so much. They are my 2018 savings goal…

  • Reply Chloe | Conscious by Chloe November 23, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    I just listened to the Stuff Mom Never Never Told You podcast episode about pockets. It rocked my world. I can’t wait to read the Racked article you mentioned!

    – Chloe

  • Reply Jenna November 25, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    I feel so disappointed when I try on a garment that doesn’t have pockets – back to the rail it goes!

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