Women's fashion continues to prioritize aesthetic appeal of a woman's figure over functionality, as demonstrated by the lack of pockets in professional women's wear. The Atlantic offers a useful look into this gender divide over the availability of pockets, and how norms of women's fashion created for the runway and not real life hurt women's progress in the workforce.

While a lack of pockets may not first appear as an oppressive gender norm, it is important to recognize how these fashion rules deepen ingrained stereotypes. Imagine if men's professional wear eliminated pockets, forcing men to carry their items in an alternative bag or separately--constantly signaling that they are men--all because female fashion designers wanted men's legs to look 'more aesthetically pleasing.'