Agile-hostile fashion

I’ve been happy in the past with shirts that I’ve bought from REI. Their shirts are usually comfortable and sturdy, and look funky in a way that is still safe for corporate casual. But fashion is all about change, and sometimes change has unexpected collateral damage.

After a season of zippered and velcroed shirt pockets, the cool thing in outdoor-wear this season is to either omit the pocket altogether (huh?), or to stitch a separator line vertically through the chest pocket to form two separate partitions. I guess this is to make it harder for sunglasses to fall out, which could be a feature when dangling from a cliff or trying to outrun a bear. Unfortunately, for the urban programmer type this means a shirt pocket that is too narrow to hold that most essential piece of Agile equipment, the 3×5 index card.