The great thing about patch pockets is that they don’t depend much on the cut of the main garment. You can add them to just about anything (as you’ll see in some of the unusual runway styles below).

Here are 26 really interesting patch pocket ideas we’ve come across lately, from giant 3 dimensional pockets that practically act as handbags, to futuristic shapes and cutouts.

images, clockwise from top left: Marni fall 2012, skirt by Gaëlle Barré, Céline Fall 2010 lace blouse, Derek Lam fall 2016

images, clockwise from top left: Vivetta resort 2017, YSL spring 2011, Fendi Spring 2017, Christian Dior resort 2017, Fendi (unknown which season), Jacquemus Fall 2014

images, clockwise from top left: 1980s red linen skirt, 1940s tween skirt, Alexander Wang Fall 2014, coat by Sanne Jansen, Bonnie Cashin skirt from 1961

images, clockwise from top left: Bonnie Cashin coat 1966 via The Met, vintage railroad shirt, circle pocket blouse by Sara Bergman, shirt pocket by Bleu de Paname, unknown 1940s coat pocket, unknown circle pocket

images, clockwise from top left: Holly Fulton Fall 2015, bonded patch pocket, unknown, Tangerine skirt, from petit main sauvage, Asiatica KC, Acne Studios vanilla and dusty pink mac