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How To Get Rid Of The Pocket Bulge

I said ‘pocket’ bulge before any of your vulgar minds start going astray. We listed this as one of our 11 Men’s Style Mistakes To Avoid, but for a busy man with a lot of things to carry how do you go about streamlining your pockets.

I’m always rushing around with a multitude of work accessories myself so I understand there is a need to have on me at all times my wallet, phone, keys, headphones, and pen etc. But there is a limit to the pocket space available on a suit and the last thing you want to do is stretch the fibres leading to a misshapen jacket or trouser. So what steps can you take to prevent the dreaded trouser bulge?

Remove The Excess

Men will objectively look at what they take on a daily basis. I need keys, so I’m going to take them with me! But if you take some time to go through in a bit more detail I’m sure you will find some excess stuff that you won’t need to lug around with you all day.

For Example:

  • Get rid of any keys you don’t use from your keychain.
  • Take out some business cards from their holder and slide them into your wallet.
  • Leave at home store cards, loyalty cards etc that you won’t be needing that day.

Use Other Pockets

Rather than stuffing everything into your front trouser pocket, why not transfer your wallet to your back pocket and your phone to your suit breast pocket. Maybe your headphones can be wrapped and kept in the outside of your jacket until you need them.

Buy Appropriate Accessories

If you are man who wears a suit on a daily basis, then it isn’t much use carrying a bi-fold wallet around in your trousers. Invest in a chequebook wallet that fits snugly in the breast pocket of your suit. Alternatively a card holder is a slim option that won’t bulge your trousers.

wallet placed in suit breast pocket

Does your keychain have a large accessory like a bottle opener for example? I think we can agree this can be replaced with something nicer and more practical on a daily basis.

Carry A Bag

This doesn’t have to be a large cumbersome one. Choose a leather document holder for example. This will be able to house all your important accessories as well as work documents without burdening you with more weight.

Use Contactless

It has become easier than ever for men to use contactless on a daily basis. I for one no longer need to carry an Oyster card to get round London as Apple Pay is accepted on public transport. As my bank card is registered, there is also an argument I can now leave both my travel and payment card at home. Which before would have been unheard of.

Over the next couple of years, more companies will partner with Apple Pay and alternative models so men can carry their phones and nothing else with them and easily get by.


Sam Brady is a menswear expert, having worked in or around the field for the past 14 years. He has built up a keen eye for detail when it comes to the production of clothing, and is happy showcasing the craftsmanship of Savile Row and Jermyn St. But he understands the need for an interchangeable modern man’s wardrobe that mixes high street and luxury clothing.

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