Mystery revealed as to what that little pocket in your jeans is for

It might not be up there with the disappearance of Amelia Earhart, but if you wear jeans, then you have

It might not be up there with the disappearance of Amelia Earhart, but if you wear jeans, then you have stopped to think about what that little pocket within your pocket was for.

Some people use it for coins, while others just ignore it. But now the internet has an answer.

No, it isn’t just a fashionable little quirk, this little pocket has a use.

“Originally included as protection for pocket watches, thus the name, this extra pouch has served many functions, evident in its many titles: frontier pocket, condom pocket, coin pocket, match pocket and ticket pocket, to name a few”, says the Levi Strauss website.

So there you have it! It was originally used for pocket watches but now can be for anything you like.

Another of life’s little mysteries: solved.

Finally…we can sleep at night again.  If you want to know the history of jeans, there is a great short documentary by Levi below.

  1. Owen Gustafson  

    Are you serious about this ?

  2. [email protected]  

    As if this was ever a mystery? Was this researched and written by a work experience journalist? Just remember that you are writing for Over 6os-we know everything. Happy New Year!

  3. Ray Abercrombie  

    I am 70 year old and my family has always called the small pocket in trousers, shorts and jeans a Fob pocket, originally designed to carry a fob watch in, attached to the belt by a chain. In my lifetime the Fob pocket has been mainly used as a loose change pocket.

  4. Jennifer  

    I thought it was for coins, as men’s wallets’ aren’t designed to carry coinage!

    I use mine to store one handkerchief!

  5. Nathan  

    Mystery? What codswallop!

    It’s a pocket originally used for a ‘fob watch’, hence ‘fob pocket’.

    It’s still handy in this day, & age to hold coins, or any other small item one may wish to carry, & be easy to get at!

  6. Frank  

    larger ones are now useful for smartphones – tho’ only guys are likely to do that

    yesterday I saw the more common – a young female in jeans with her expensive smartphone sticking half out of her back pocket in full view – an easy mark for a pickpocket – accidental ‘bump’ – oh sorry – walks off – she later discovers – where’s my phone !?!?!?!

  7. You are having a lend of yourself.
    My grandfather, born 1908, always referred to this as his fob pocket.
    It was used for his fob watch until the late 1930s when my grandmother bought him his first wristwatch.
    Like 90%+ of men, he used his fob pocket for loose change.
    My dad and I carried the same thing forward.
    Few people call it anything else nor use it for anything else.

  8. I can’t believe how dumb the Starts At 60 crew think we all are at times with some of the things they try to tell us.

  9. Mickinoz  

    Yes Iain Macpherson, it is, and always will be, a fob pocket!
    And not just in jeans, most trousers have them too!

  10. It may not be acceptable to some people these days but I nearly always have a small pocket knife with me and find that the Fob Pocket is ideal for keeping it safe. I sometimes use it for change as well.


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