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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 Sizes S-3XL: Amazon

 

AUSELILY Casual Flare Dress

 

This cute flare dress comes in a ton of gorgeous colors and patterns. It’s comfy, stretchy, and is said to have a flattering fit due to the slightly fitted waist and A-line skirt. But the waist is far from constricting because it’s elastic!

This review sums up how popular this item is, “I love this dress. Super comfy! Very light and breezy but not see-through! It has a wonderful drape that’s very flattering.”

Another user says, “The pockets are deep; I’m satisfied with this dress!”  Comes in sizes S-3XL.

 

 

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Shop: Backcountry

 

Arc’teryx Contenta Dress

This simple, sleeveless dress hits all the marks when it comes to versatility, comfort, and packability. Composed of a soft polyester, you can store small items in all the pockets easily—there’s two side pockets and one internal zippered pocket. It also has UPF 45+ sun protection so it works for hot, humid destinations. To style it, add a belt, sandals or ballet flats to dress it up!  

This piece has made my must-try list 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: 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: Backcountry 

 

Carve Designs Kendall Dress

 

Another selection on my must-try list is this Carve Designs dress that’s a cute wrap style and described as super soft! The front pockets are a bonus to hold small items. 

This would look fantastic with flip-flops or wedges for a more polished look.

 

 

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Shop Sizes S-3XL: Amazon

 

LILBETTER Short Sleeve V-Neck Dress 

 

A wonderful staple, this adorable V-neck wrap dress is made of lightweight rayon and comes in a lot of lovely colors. The overall style with the empire waist and wrap front are flattering and timeless. 

This user is happy with her choice, and says, “This dress fits me perfectly and it’s so comfortable! The length is just past my knees and it has pockets. I love the color and will most likely buy more in different colors. I really love this dress!!”

A lightweight choice that will work well for a garden wedding, or getaway! Comes in a great range of sizes, S-3XL.

 

 

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Shop: Amazon | Zappos

 

 Royal Robbins® Spotless Traveler Dress 

 

The Royal Robbins Traveler Dress could very well be the perfect globe-trotting companion. It resists stains, doesn’t wrinkle, has UPF 50+ sun protection, and is made from sustainable materials. 

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. Choose from four colors to match your style.

Users adore this piece! One gushes that “the fabric is buttery soft and comfortable,” while another one says, “This dress is absolutely perfect for travel and for non-travel! I’m so glad I found it. It’s a perfect fit and even has pockets!”

 

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

 

 

Best Plus Size Dresses With Pockets

 

 

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Shop Sizes L-5XL: Amazon

 

HAOMEILI Plus Size Pleated Swing Dress

 

An amazing combination of casual feel with airy details, this swing dress looks so fun with a pleated skirt and swing hem that’s flirty. It’s reported to feel soft too! And the side pockets allow you to store items, or simply look chic with a hand in pocket.

This review explains more, “I purchased the dress as a casual dress. It’s lightweight, colorful, easy to wash and dry, and fits well. The arms are not tight and cover the upper arm well. The sizing is generous and doesn’t bunch or pull across and areas you may want to hide. I love this!”

You can get this in numerous colors/patterns and in sizes L-5XL.

 

 

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Shop Sizes 14-26 Plus: Amazon

 

Nemidor Women’s Ruffle Sleeve Dress With Pocket

 

When it comes to modest dresses with pockets, this ruffle-sleeve dress is a comfy jersey material that hugs a woman’s silhouette nicely, but without revealing too much. It comes in sizes 14-26 Plus.

One reviewer says, “It’s a cute dress. I really love it. I like the fabric and the color. It can be worn for semi-formal and on informal occasions depending on the chosen accessories.” 

Perfect for weddings, a cocktail party, or a day at the office; you can incorporate it into your fair-weather capsule wardrobe easily! Pair it with sandals or low heels for the perfect spring/summer look.   

 

 

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Shein Plus Slant Pocket Maxi Cami Dress

 

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

Equipped with adorable pockets and a flattering shape this is ideal for sunny outings, sunny places, or more! A happy user elaborates, “It’s cute for the beach and to lounge around the house, for much else I’ll need to add a belt. The material is good quality, thick without being heavy.” It’s available in sizes 1XL-4XL.

 

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

 

 

Best Cocktail Dresses With Pockets

 

 

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Shop Sizes 2-18: Nordstrom

 

Harper Rose Stand Color A-Line Dress

 

Evoke Jackie O. in this gorgeous retro style dress. All the accents—such as the stand collar and pearl button make this a classic that you can wear for special occasions, or even to the office.

For travel, it’s a great addition to a business trip or conference as it’s modest yet still stylish.

One reader, who is always on the lookout for black dresses with pockets, had this to say, “I wore this dress to a work conference and got so many compliments. Great fit and length and the material is high quality. It’s true to size and even had room to spare. Very classy and I love the pockets!”

 

 

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Shop Boden: Petite Sizes 2-12 | Regular Sizes 2-22

 

Boden Mischa Belted Dress

 

Maybe you want a more relaxed, yet feminine dress with pockets, then this gorgeous fit and flare dress from Boden may be just what you need as the weather warms up!

It’s lightweight cotton that has a lovely A-line skirt, whimsical bow, and a notch neck that adds interest to its overall look. Fresh and pretty for a garden party or a semi-formal destination wedding!

A review says, “A beautiful dress, possibly one of the best I have bought from Boden (and I have bought a lot!). I have the green. The notch neckline is great.”

This is available in a range of fun spring/summer colors, and petite sizes (2-12), and regular sizes (2-22).

 

 

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Shop Sizes XXS-XXL: Nordstrom

 

Dress the Population Alina Crepe Cocktail Dress

 

Another beauty, this crepe dress has a subtle sweetheart neck and a flattering A-line shape. You can also adjust the straps! The side seam pockets make this a modern, yet classy dress to wear to cocktail hour, a wedding, or bridal shower. 

Many reviews heap on love for this dress, with one particularly gushing, “The cut of the dress, especially the neck is so pretty and sexy but still classy. The color is pretty much the same as the picture. I ADORE this dress!”

Comes in sizes XS-XXL.

 

Step into spring and summer with these black dresses for women!

 

 

Best Work Dresses With Pockets

 

 

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Shop J.Crew: Regular Sizes 00-24 | Petite Sizes 00-12 | Tall Sizes 2-20

 

J. Crew Cotton Poplin Shirtdress 

 

If you’re looking for dresses with pockets and sleeves for work or a business conference, this J. Crew poplin shirtdress has you covered with breathable cotton and a fit that’s balanced—not too tight or loose! The sash is also removable so it gives you other styling options. You can pair this with tights, faux leather leggings, or just solo! 

One reviewer lives in a warm climate and had this to say, “I love this dress and since I live in Florida I’ve already had the chance to wear it, It’s perfect for spring and summer, and the wide sash gives it a dressier look than with a belt. Will definitely reorder in another color!”

Check out the other available colors! J. Crew offers diverse sizing as well, so you can choose between classic (00-24), petite (00-12), and tall sizes (2-20).

 

 

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Shop XS-XXL: Amazon

 

Halife 3/4 Sleeve Midi Dress 

 

This black and white striped dress features 3/4 sleeves and pockets on each side for a practical look that also lends itself to fun at the club. The flattering stripes are also available in other shades too.

While a great simple dress for working situations, it’s also suitable for travel and after-hours activities. 

One TFG reader loves it and says, “I wore it with tights and black booties to travel in. When we headed to dinner, I changed to wedge heels, gold jewelry, and red lipstick. There were minimal wrinkles by the end of the day. “

This beauty comes in sizes XS-XXL.

 

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

 

 

Best House Dresses With Pockets

 

 

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Shop Sizes S-XXL: Amazon

 

luxilooks V-Neck Nightgown

 

This lovely nightgown sure doesn’t seem like loungewear! Made from a lightweight rayon and spandex, it’s loose without being too boxy and feels comfy.

The handy pockets allow you to store little items. A great choice to wear at home, or on the road. You could even dash quickly out of your hotel room in flip flops and nobody would likely know this is a nightgown!

And this reviewer agrees, “I’m so happy with these dresses! They’re exactly as pictured and very soft and fluid. The material is thin but not see-through, which is what I was looking for. I can wear it all day, run out to the grocery store if necessary (sheltering-in-place in Florida!), sleep in it at night. I couldn’t be more satisfied with this purchase!”

You can get this in sizes S-XXL and a ton of lovely patterns/colors!

 

 

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Shop S-XXL: Amazon

 

Ekouaer Scoop Neck Nightgown 

 

This cute nightgown has a button closure, classic scoop neck, and front pockets for easy storage. 

It’s no-frills and utterly comfortable as this reviewer says, “I got this after shoulder surgery went a size bigger since I don’t like tight clothes on the best of days. This was loose and comfortable and easy to get on and off with only one good arm. They are thin so it makes it great for summer.”

You can select different colors and this comes in sizes S-XXL.

 

Take a look at the best pajamas 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
AUSELILY Casual Flare Dress “I love this dress. Super comfy! Very light and breezy but not see-through! It has a wonderful drape that's very flattering.” Check Price
Arc'teryx Contenta Dress This piece has made my must-try list 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
Carve Designs Kendall Dress This would look fantastic with flip-flops or wedge sandals for a more polished look. ` Check Price
LILBETTER Short Sleeve V-Neck Dress  “This dress fits me perfectly and it’s so comfortable! The length is just past my knees and it has pockets. I love the color and will most likely buy more in different colors. I really love this dress!!” Check Price
 Royal Robbins® Spotless Traveler Dress  “the fabric is buttery soft and comfortable,” while another one says, “This dress is absolutely perfect for travel and for non-travel! I'm so glad I found it. It’s a perfect fit and even has pockets!” Check Price
HAOMEILI Plus Size Pleated Swing Dress “I purchased the dress as a casual dress. It’s lightweight, colorful, easy to wash and dry, and fits well. The arms are not tight and cover the upper arm well. The sizing is generous and doesn't bunch or pull across and areas you may want to hide. I love this!” Check Price
Nemidor Women's Ruffle Sleeve Dress with Pocket “It's a cute dress. I really love it. I like the fabric and the color. It can be worn for semi-formal and on informal occasions depending on the chosen accessories.”  Check Price
Shein Plus Slant Pocket Maxi Cami Dress “It’s cute for the beach and to lounge around the house, for much else I’ll need to add a belt. The material is good quality, thick without being heavy.” Check Price
Harper Rose Stand Color A-Line Dress “I wore this dress to a work conference and got so many compliments. Great fit and length and material is high quality. It’s true to size and even had room to spare. Very classy and I love the pockets!” Check Price
Boden Mischa Belted Dress “A beautiful dress, possibly one of the best I have bought from Boden (and I have bought a lot!). I have the green. The notch neckline is great.” Check Price
Dress the Population Alina Crepe Cocktail Dress “The cut of the dress, especially the neck is so pretty and sexy but still classy. The color is pretty much the same as the picture. I ADORE this dress!” Check Price
J. Crew Cotton Poplin Shirtdress  “I love this dress and since I live in Florida I've already had the chance to wear it, It’s perfect for spring and summer; and the wide sash gives it a dressier look than with a belt. Will definitely reorder in another color!” Check Price
Halife 3/4 Sleeve Midi Dress  “I wore it with tights and black booties to travel in. When we headed to dinner, I changed to wedge heels, gold jewelry, and red lipstick. There were minimal wrinkles by the end of the day. “ Check Price
luxilooks V-Neck Nightgown “I'm so happy with these dresses! They're exactly as pictured and very soft and fluid. The material is thin but not see-through, which is what I was looking for. I can wear it all day, run out to the grocery store if necessary (sheltering-in-place in Florida!), sleep in it at night. I couldn't be more satisfied with this purchase!” Check Price
Ekouaer Scoop Neck Nightgown  “I got this after shoulder surgery went a size bigger since I don't like tight clothes on the best of days. This was loose and comfortable and easy to get on and off with only one good arm. They are thin so it makes it great for 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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