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Who doesn’t love a comfortable frock with roomy pockets? If you’re looking for something that can be dressed up or down for work, travel, or play, our readers suggest these pretty pieces to accessorize and wear pretty much anywhere!

 


Dresses With Pockets

Written By: Michelle Nati


 

 

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Let’s face it—clothes with pockets are infinitely more comfortable than those without. Not so much because you need to carry things, but because putting your hands inside a pocket makes you feel comfortable—and comfort means confidence. Sometimes you just don’t know what to do with your hands! 

But, are pockets designed into a dress beneficial for travel?

 

 

Why Women’s Dresses With Pockets Are Great for Travel

 

Though you’ll likely have a main purse or backpack for a personal item on a plane and double it as your sightseeing bag, sometimes it’s nice to have extra spaces for less important items such as lipstick, sunglasses, or lip balm, which is why pockets in dresses work well for traveling.

 

 

BISHUIGE T-Shirt Dress in Red, AllSaints Studded Belt, and Vionic Tropic Wedges

 

This fun trend of pocket dresses also gives female travelers more versatile options than pants that typically have pockets to store things. And the type of dresses are endless; even formal gowns can have pockets. Overall, it’s a  detail that’s infinitely stylish but also practical!

From cute and casual, to summer fun dresses, sophisticated frocks, all the way to cozy loungewear, these traveler favorites are considered the best. Check them out below!

 

 

Best Casual Dresses With Pockets

 

 

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Shop: Amazon (XS-XXL) | Columbia (XS-XXL) | Columbia (1X-3X)

 

Columbia Chill River Dress

 

Overall, Columbia is a hugely popular brand with TFG readers and travelers! The Chill River dress is highly versatile as it can be dressed up or down and can be packed for humid destinations due to its sweat-wicking and cooling properties, as well as UPF 50 sun protection.  

According to this happy user, the hand pockets can even hold a phone, “A sundress with pockets! Looks so beautiful on me—better looking than the models’ picture. The hemline is short but not too short for a middle-aged woman. The high neck is modest yet elegant, and the pockets are big enough for a smartphone.”

You can grab this in diverse sizing on the Columbia website, from XS-XXL and 1X-3X, and in a multitude of pretty prints on both Amazon and Columbia!

 

 

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Shop Regular, Petite, and Plus Sizes: Eddie Bauer | Amazon

 

Eddie Bauer Aster Crossover Dress

 

This cute Eddie Bauer dress is lightweight and has a relaxing fit. The flattering silhouette paired with comfy, moisture-wicking with odor control and UPF 50+ sun protection make this an easy travel go-to. It’ll pair with flats, sandals, or flip flops beautifully! 

This review sums up how popular this item is, “I love this dress! It’s really comfortable, and the empire waist gives it a flattering shape. I especially like that it has pockets. It’s a great travel dress that won’t wrinkle. It’s casual enough to hang around in, but can be spiffed up with a nice jacket and fancy shoes.”

It’s available in other cute colors and comes in standard sizes XS-XXL, petite sizes S-L, tall sizes S-XXL, and plus sizes 1X-3X.

 

 

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Shop Sizes XXS-XXL: AmazonZappos

 

Arc’teryx Contenta Dress

This simple, short sleeve dress hits all the marks when it comes to versatility, comfort, and packability. Composed of a soft (and 100% recycled!) polyester, you can store small items in all the pockets easily—there are two side pockets and one internal zippered pocket. It also has UPF 50+ sun protection, which is perfect for hot and humid destinations. Wear it casually with sneakers, or dress it up with some ballet flats!  

This piece is a  must-try for spring/summer. It’s light enough to fit into a carry-on or backpack, and away you go!

 

We’ve got a round up of 20 beautiful summer maxi dresses!

 

 

Best Summer Dresses With Pockets

 

 

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Shop Sizes XS-3XL: Amazon

 

BISHUIGE Summer Casual V Neck Tank Dress

 

This versatile dress is breezy and comfortable in the heat. It’s something you can wear comfortably at home, wear to run around town during the day, and dress up in the evening. 

The pockets are a bonus and something that’s important for a summer dress, the armholes are high enough that a bra doesn’t show! They have a great range of sizes as well, from XS-3XL.

Guess what? I also bought this dress for myself! I quite like the blue color and think it’ll be great for hot-weather destinations.

 

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BISHUIGE T-Shirt Dress in Acid Blue and Birkenstock Daloa Sandals

 

Speaking of hot weather, I’m moving to a new home in Playa del Carmen and besides the dress above, I also got a number of cute items in my spring haul—check out the full post here!

 

 

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Shop Sizes S-XL: Amazon 

 

MITILLY Casual Swing Dress

 

This reader-recommended MITILLY button-down dress is adorably feminine, and practical, too! The fabric is light and breathable with a hint of stretch, and it can be worn casually with sneakers for sightseeing or dressed up for a night out. If you want to add a pop of color to your travel capsule wardrobe, choose from 25 colors and prints! 

A reader shares, “I have this dress in three colors, two with sleeves, one without. It’s so versatile, flattering and it has pockets! I am plus sized and it fits me great!” 

Sizes range from S-XL.

 

 

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Shop Sizes 4-26: Amazon

 

Lilbetter Casual Summer Dress

 

This adorable Lilbetter summer dress is lightweight airy and comes in tons of lovely colors. The overall style with the fitted waist, cap sleeves, and flowy skirt are flattering and timeless. A great addition to a summer trip! 

One happy wearer says, “Fabric is soft and comfortable and doesn’t easily wrinkle. Perfect for summer vacation travels. Looks nice and put together without a lot of effort or fuss.”

Available in sizes 4-26.

 

 

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Shop Regular, Petite, and Plus Sizes: Eddie Bauer | Amazon

 

Eddie Bauer Departure Easy Tank Dress

 

The Eddie Bauer Departure dress could very well be the perfect globe-trotting companion. It’s lightweight, moisture-wicking, has UPF 50+ sun protection, and doesn’t wrinkle easily. 

Plus it’s considered a comfortable garment that’s stretchy rather than clingy. The pockets are deep and can store small essentials. On top of it, the overall style is cute and versatile, looking great with sandals or slip-ons

Users adore this piece! One gushes “It’s a great dress for beach and warm weather travel or simply for casual wear at outdoor cafes. Most of all, I just like the way it looks and the way I feel wearing it. Will be traveling with me to Greece”!

Available in sizes XS-XXL, and plus sizes 1X-3X.

 

Stay cool on your next vacay with one of these linen dresses!

 

 

Best Plus Size Dresses With Pockets

 

 

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Shop Sizes 0X-3X: Nordstrom

 

Karen Kane Peasant Artisan Dress

 

When it comes to modest dresses with pockets, this Karen Kane ruched midi dress is a comfy option with a lovely, flattering silhouette. The peasant sleeves and flowy skirt make it extra dreamy. It comes in sizes 0X-3X, and wearers say it fits true to size.

Perfect for a fair-weather capsule wardrobe, pair it with sandals or wedges and look chic and ready for anything!

 

 

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Shop Sizes XL-5XL: Amazon

 

HBEYYTO Sleeveless Dress

 

With light and stretchy fabric, this HBEYYTO dress is a dream to wear, especially while adventuring under the hot sun! Wearers say it keeps them cool and comfy and is overall a great travel piece. The silhouette is simple and flattering, and it’s offered in so many cute patterns for effortless style on your summery getaways! 

One wearer raves, “This dress is a perfect everyday, warm weather dress. It’s very soft, the perfect length. The cut is flattering and the fabric is super soft with lots of stretch. I wear a 3X and a 3X fit perfectly.” 

Available in sizes XL-5X

 

 

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Caslon Tiered Sleeveless Maxi Dress

 

There are some gorgeous plus size maxi dresses with pockets out there and the Caslon sleeveless maxi is definitely one of them! 

This dress is equipped with side pockets and a drawstring waist to create a super flattering and feminine shape. Made out of a soft cotton blend, it’s lightweight, breathable, and ideal for outings in sunny places! It’s available in plus sizes 1X-3X, as well as standard sizes XXS-XXL

A happy user elaborates, “Very flattering on the body. I’m a 1X-2X and the 1X fit beautifully without being too tight. Soft, lightweight material. Will look great with a little platform espadrille sandal. Excited to take it on vacation to Nantucket!”

 

Here are some beach dresses you can wear on and off the sand!

 

 

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Shop Athleta: Sizes (XXS-3X) | Tall Sizes (S-XL) | Petite Sizes (XS-L)

 

Athleta Ryder Dress

 

An amazing combination of casual feel with airy details, this lightweight maxi dress is super versatile, with a cinched waist and a back cutout to show just a little extra skin. The side pockets allow you to store items, or simply look chic with a hand in pocket. It’s reported to feel really soft. Plus, the fabric is moisture-wicking and quick-drying, so you’ll feel fresh and cool under the hot sun! 

One wearer says,  “The length is perfect, the pockets are always a hit, and the cut out on the back is an extra level of sexiness. I love the two different fabrics and textures of the dress, it gives it a unique twist. You can totally dress this up, or wear it casually.” 

Also available in black and brass yellow, and in regular and plus sizes (XXS-3X), tall sizes (S-XL), and petite sizes (XS-L).

 

 

Best Work Dresses With Pockets

 

 

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Shop Sizes S-XL: Amazon

 

MEROKEETY Tie Waist Midi Dress

 

If you’re looking for dresses with pockets and sleeves for business travel, this MEROKEETY shirt dress has you covered with breathable fabric and a fit that’s balanced—not too tight or loose! The stylish tie waist gives you shaping and styling options for versatility. You can pair this with tights, faux leather leggings, or just rock it solo! 

A traveler reports, “It’s easy and comfortable to wear, washes well, packs well. AND it has pockets! Makes a great travel dress. I always get compliments from people.” 

This dress comes in a range of both striped and solid colors, and sizes range from S-XL.

 

 

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Shop: J.Crew

 

J.Crew Zip-Front Chino Dress

 

This elegant chino dress from J.Crew is a beautiful travel option for all seasons and destinations. The shape is timeless and chic and can be paired with everything from sneakers to strappy sandals. The cotton fabric is high-quality and wears super well in all climates, and the elastic waist and zippered front are lovely touches! 

One wearer raves, “This is adorable on. Soft and comfortable material. Highly recommend!!” This dress is offered in a wide range of sizes, from 00-24.

 

 

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Shop: Nordstrom

 

Karen Kane Travel Half Zip Shift Dress

 

If you want a sportier look for business travel, this Karen Kane sleeveless dress has timeless details, such as the half-zip closure, high neck, and flowy shape that drapes beautifully. The look and feel is lightweight, and it can easily be rolled into a packing cube and packed in a carry-on suitcase. 

This is such a great, simple dress when traveling for work, especially because the fabric is wrinkle-resistant! You can pair it with a travel blazer or a more structured cardigan. Or even wear it casually too!

One happy reviewer says, “I love the ease of this dress! It is comfortable and stylish. The drape of the fabric adds polish and sophistication! I highly recommend this adorable dress for spring/summer.” This beauty comes in sizes XS-XL.

 

Want more dress lengths? Check out the best midi dresses for travel!

 

 

Product Comparison Chart

 

BRAND | MODEL FEATURES | REVIEWS RATING | PRICE
Columbia Chill River Dress “A sundress with pockets! Looks so beautiful on me—better looking than the models’ picture. The hemline is short but not too short for a middle-aged woman. The high neck is modest yet elegant, and the pockets are big enough for a smartphone.” Check Price
Eddie Bauer Aster Crossover Dress “I love this dress! It's really comfortable, and the empire waist gives it a flattering shape. I especially like that it has pockets. It's a great travel dress that won't wrinkle. It's casual enough to hang around in, but can be spiffed up with a nice jacket and fancy shoes.” Check Price
Arc'teryx Contenta Dress This piece is a  must-try for spring/summer. It’s light enough to fit into a carry-on or backpack, and away you go! Check Price
BISHUIGE Women Summer Casual V Neck Tank Dress It’s something you can  wear comfortably at home, wear to run around town during the day, and dress up in the evening.  Check Price
MITILLY Casual Swing Dress This would look fantastic with flip-flops or wedge sandals for a more polished look. ` Check Price
Lilbetter Casual Summer Dress “Fabric is soft and comfortable and doesn't easily wrinkle. Perfect for summer vacation travels. Looks nice and put together without a lot of effort or fuss.” Check Price
 Eddie Bauer Departure Easy Tank Dress  “It's a great dress for beach and warm weather travel or simply for casual wear at outdoor cafes. Most of all, I just like the way it looks and the way I feel wearing it. Will be traveling with me to Greece” Check Price
Karen Kane Peasant Artisan Dress Perfect for a fair-weather capsule wardrobe, pair it with sandals or wedges and look chic and ready for anything! Check Price
HBEYYTO Sleeveless Dress “This dress is a perfect everyday, warm weather dress. It’s very soft, the perfect length. The cut is flattering and the fabric is super soft with lots of stretch. I wear a 3X and a 3X fit perfectly." Check Price
Caslon Tiered Sleeveless Maxi Dress “Very flattering on the body. I'm a 1X-2X and the 1X fit beautifully without being too tight. Soft, lightweight material. Will look great with a little platform espadrille sandal. Excited to take it on vacation to Nantucket!” Check Price
Athleta Ryder Dress “The length is perfect, the pockets are always a hit, and the cut out on the back is an extra level of sexiness. I love the two different fabrics and textures of the dress, it gives it a unique twist. You can totally dress this up, or wear it casually.”  Check Price
MEROKEETY Tie Waist Midi Dress “It's easy and comfortable to wear, washes well, packs well. AND it has pockets! Makes a great travel dress. I always get compliments from people.”  Check Price
J.Crew Zip-Front Chino Dress “This is adorable on. Soft and comfortable material. Highly recommend!!” Check Price
Karen Kane Travel Half Zip Shift Dress “I love the ease of this dress! It is comfortable and stylish. The drape of the fabric adds polish and sophistication! I highly recommend this adorable dress for spring/summer.” Check Price

 

 

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Compass Rose Packing Cubes

 

How to Pack Dresses

 

Many of our readers use packing cubes to roll up and organize their dresses. Compass Rose packing cubes allow you to do so by number and color so you know where you packed everything, even when you use the cubes to separate parts of your outfit. Learn more in the video below.

 

Learn about our hacks with packing cubes in this video!

 

We also put together a five-part YouTube series showing the different methods to use packing cubes for travel. If you use this specific packing strategy, packing cubes can also compress your belongings. This is the secret to traveling carry-on only!

 

 


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