As we enter November, you've probably started seeing them more often. The little straps on the shoulders of coats and jackets—more clinically known as "epaulettes" or shoulder boards—have quite literally been fixtures of the most stylish of winter wear, adding a sleek sophistication and empowerment to any jacket.
In fact, these epaulettes look so good, we rarely question why they're there.
Nevertheless, one woman has given us an answer.
Taken me 18 years to find out that the weird shoulder buttons on jackets is to hold your bag in place so it doesn’t… https://t.co/532lLwVoTb— Francheskahorsburgh (@Francheskahorsburgh)1540850200.0
Stylish AND functional, the shoulder boards are perfect for keeping straps of bags from slipping off the shoulder.
With a revelation of such cosmic importance as this, many were amazed.
@Francheskahor6 https://t.co/eycsV8OtcA— L I L I T H 🌩 (@L I L I T H 🌩)1541032185.0
@Francheskahor6 @disfunxion4l mind blown— JorDON (@JorDON)1541002915.0
@imogen_raine @Francheskahor6 @na0mi_williams No way!! This is so cool— KHC (@KHC)1541000674.0
@Francheskahor6 @Frankie_Wells01 Well you learn something new everyday. I’m 38. And I didn’t know that. 👍🏼— Gep 父 (@Gep 父)1541006526.0
In fact, people couldn't stop talking about how they're constantly getting an education from Twitter users.
@Francheskahor6 twitter is basically school but for things that'll actually benefit your life— حريم (@حريم)1541024894.0
@Francheskahor6 @MeganKooX Love Twitter I learn something new every day 👌😁— mags (@mags)1541015304.0
@Francheskahor6 This app never fails to teach me something new— Andradé (@Andradé)1541025431.0
However, it's not surprising that the epaulettes would have a specific and efficient purpose, having originated with military uniforms. Yet even in military functions, the style factor can't be ignored: the boards are often used to show rank. Some pointed this out as well.
@Francheskahor6 This ain’t it chief, it’s a military style coat and it’s used to hold insignia of there rank. :/— Jake (@Jake)1541000764.0
@GabbyKuizinaite @aidansewell @Francheskahor6 It’s actually true https://t.co/qDGQTpxGPp— ... (@...)1541088882.0
@Francheskahor6 @ConfirmedTrash They're a vestigal feature, a throwback to the ones on military jackets that held a… https://t.co/I5Jd9BnFYt— April Spectrum🔋 (@April Spectrum🔋)1541050531.0
Regardless of whether or not holding bag straps in place was the intended purpose or not, it's clear that this Twitter user has found a way to save us from one of the most notorious everyday pet peeves.