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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 XXS-XXL: Nordstrom | Sweaty Betty

 

Sweaty Betty Take It Easy Drop Waist Dress

 

This cute drop-waist dress is lightweight and has a relaxing fit. The adjustable drawstring and comfy jersey fabric 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 the texture of the fabric! The design is very flattering and the drawstring makes this breezy dress a perfect warm weather everyday dress.”

It’s available in other cute colors and sizes XXS-XXL.

 

 

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Shop: Backcountry | Amazon

 

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: Amazon 

 

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 XXS-XL: Amazon

 

Carve Mabel Dress

 

A wonderful staple, this adorable halter dress is made of lightweight cotton and comes in a lot of lovely colors. The overall style with the fitted waist and the flowy skirt is flattering and timeless. A great addition to a summer trip! 

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 summer getaway! Comes in sizes XXS-XL.

 

 

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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 10-38: Lane Bryant

 

Lane Bryant Ruched Side Midi Dress

 

When it comes to modest dresses with pockets, this ruched midi dress is a comfy cotton blend that hugs a woman’s silhouette nicely, but without revealing too much. It comes in sizes 10-38, we recommend looking at Lane Bryant’s sizing guide on the listing to choose the best size for you.

One reviewer says, “I bought it for vacation and it’s super comfy, very soft, and very stretchy. I dressed up the black one with a sheer kimono for a day of shopping with friends on vacay. The floral one I’m using as a house dress to do outside chores. Versatile dress for sure!”

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

 

 

best-dresses-with-pocketsShop Sizes 1XL-4XL: Shein

 

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!

 

 

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

 

Athleta Marlow Maxi Dress

 

An amazing combination of casual feel with airy details, this lightweight maxi dress is super versatile, with a cinched waist and subtle slits that show just enough leg. 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, “Great fabric for travel because sweat just dissipates when wearing! The fabric is light enough for hot, summer days.” Plus, the fabric is UPF 50+ so you have sun protection as well.

You can get this in numerous colors 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 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 business travel, 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: Nordstrom

 

Karen Kane Artisan Jersey Midi Dress

 

If you need a more sophisticated look for business travel, this sleeveless dress has timeless details, such as the cinched elastic waist, crewneck, and flowy skirt. The look and feel is lightweight and can easily roll in a packing cube and put into a carry-on suitcase.

Such a great simple dress when traveling for work, you could pair it with a travel blazer or a more structured cardigan. One happy reviewer says, “This dress is one of those pieces that will be a staple. It’s very comfortable and can be dressed up or down casually. It’s totally soft, smooth, and perfect!” 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
Sweaty Betty Take It Easy Drop Waist Dress “I love the texture of the fabric! The design is very flattering and the drawstring makes this breezy dress a perfect warm weather everyday dress.” 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
Carve Mabel 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
Lane Bryant Ruched Side Midi Dress “I bought it for vacation and it’s super comfy, very soft, and very stretchy. I dressed up the black one with a sheer kimono for a day of shopping with friends on vacay. The floral one I'm using as a house dress to do outside chores. Versatile dress for sure!” 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
Athleta Marlow Maxi Dress “Great fabric for travel because sweat just dissipates when wearing! The fabric is light enough for hot, summer days.” Plus, the fabric is UPF 50+ so you have sun protection as well." 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
Karen Kane Artisan Jersey Midi Dress “This dress is one of those pieces that will be a staple. It’s very comfortable and can be dressed up or down casually. It’s totally soft, smooth, and perfect!” 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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