We talked about women's pants and pockets last night in irc. They seem very non-functioning these days. To the point of using their back pockets to hold their phones. Odd
And some back pockets aren't even holding phones these days. Forget keys or a wallet. Siiiiigh.
It's for fashion. You get a cleaner line if you use fake pockets and using the pocket over time messes with the form of the garment. Not very practical at all.
Why have pockets at all then? I bet pockets are a thing of the past in 10 years for men and women. So much of what we normally put in them will be digitized and worn.