I can solve both problems for you with one simple suggestion. Wear a fanny pack. It’ll more than make up for the missing cargo pockets and I’m pretty sure even plus-size, ladies-of-the-manor stopped thinking fanny packs are acceptable…
Really though, EDC in jeans isn’t bad. But as the others have said, you have to be selective on what you carry. I rarely wear anything but jeans (and cargo shorts in the summer) outside of work. Thankfully, men’s jeans have decent pockets and aren’t designed to be painted on. (I should note here, I don’t consider skinny jeans “men’s” regardless of who wears them) The only thing I haven’t figured out how to carry, that I would really like to, is a tourniquet. Even then, if I’m out with my family or for work, I have a bag with me that holds my little First Aid pouch.
What I actually carry on me with jeans
Around my waist: Belt, S&W Shield in an IWB holster, handcuff key, small Gerber knife
In my jacket: Spare mag (this will go on my belt once my mag pouch arrives)
Left Front Pocket: Phone, flashlight clipped to pocket (L3 Illumination L10C or Preon P1)
Right Front Pocket: Key ring (car key, 2” carabiner, USB drive, Gerber Shard), Space pen, pedometer, knife clipped to pocket
Right Rear Pocket Wallet (cash, cards, bandaids, E&E tools)
Left Rear Pocket Empty (though, as I’m thinking about it, I may put a SWAT-T tourniquet in there)
This is more than enough to get me (and my family, if necessary) back to my car which is much better equipped.
P.S. I don't know why the guy had to take off his shirt to model the fanny pack, but I thought it did add to the overall ensemble.
Edited by MightyP, 23 February 2015 - 04:01 PM.