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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 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 Sizes XS-3X:  Columbia

 

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: Eddie Bauer
Sizes: Regular XS-XXL | Petite S-L | Tall M-XXL | Plus 2X-3X

 

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-3X: Athleta

 

Athleta Presido Traveler Maxi Dress

 

This simple, sleeveless maxi dress hits all the marks when it comes to versatility, comfort, and packability. Composed of soft (and 100% recycled!) polyester, you can store small items in all the pockets easily. It also has UPF 40+ 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 beautiful summer maxi dresses!

 

 

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Shop Wool&: Sizes Regular XS-2X | Long XS-XXL

 

Wool& Sierra Tank Dress

 

This Wool& Sierra tank dress checks all the travel-friendly boxes, with a dreamy merino wool blend and an ultra-versatile silhouette. This cutie has temperature-regulating fabric that makes it ideal for traveling through different climates, plus it’s lightweight and also UV-protecting! Soft and comfy, this piece will give you an effortlessly put-together sightseeing look when paired with sneakers, but can easily be a dressier option for nights out with wedges.

A wearer shares more, “A great travel dress! I bought it for a trip to Morocco and France. No wrinkling and it was very comfortable in 80+ temperatures with high humidity. I received a lot of compliments on the fit and color. Another plus, it has enough stretch for comfort but didn’t stretch out of shape while sitting for a long time. I love this dress!”

It comes in several colors and in sizes XS-2X, plus you can get it in a longer inseam which adds 2.5” to the length!

 

 

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 XS-XL: Royal Robbins

 

Royal Robbins Spotless Traveler Casual Belted Dress

 

This reader-recommended Royal Robbins Traveler tank dress is cute 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 with slide sandals. If you want to add some fun and function to your travel capsule wardrobe, choose from several colors and prints!

A user shares, “I am not a dress person, but I needed at least one dress in my wardrobe and this one fits the bill! It’s super comfortable and flattering, and I especially adore the pockets. It can be dressed up or down!” 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 is 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 Sizes XS-XL: Nordstrom | Faherty

 

Faherty Isha Tank Dress

 

The Faherty Isha linen dress is the perfect globe-trotting companion for the summer! It’s lightweight with an airy design, made of 100% linen. 

Plus, it’s said to be a super comfortable option that’s flowy rather than clingy. The side pockets are roomy enough for storing your phone and other small essentials. On top of it, the overall style is so cute and versatile, looking great with sandals or slip-ons

Users adore this piece! One gushes “Love love this dress. Wore it on a recent trip to Florida and it will be summer go-to dress. Very flattering. Cute!” 

Available in sizes XS-XL, or you can get it on the Faherty website, where sizes range from XXS-XXL!   

 

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 Quinn Pocket Shift Dress

 

When it comes to modest dresses with pockets, this Karen Kane shift dress is a comfy option with a lovely, flattering silhouette. 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 1X-5X: Amazon

 

AusLook Plus Size Sleeveless Dress

 

With light and stretchy fabric, this AusLook 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 colors and patterns for effortless style on your summery getaways! 

One wearer raves, “This dress is a perfect everyday, warm weather dress. It’s 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 1X-5X

 

 

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Shop Sizes 1X-3X: Nordstrom

 

Caslon Sleeveless Maxi Dress

 

There are some gorgeous plus size maxi dresses with pockets out there and the TREASURE & BOND 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. 

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

 

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

 

 

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Shop Sizes XS-4X: Old Navy

 

Old Navy Fit & Flare Short Dress

 

An amazing combination of casual feel with airy details, this lightweight mini dress is super versatile, with a cinched waist and a strappy back 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 rayon blend, 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 straps on the back add an extra level of sexiness. I love the fabric and textures of the dress; they give it a unique twist. You can totally dress this up or wear it casually.” 

It comes in multiple colors and in sizes XS-4X.

 

 

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 Sizes XS-XL: Quince

 

Quince Tencel Jersey Ruched Waist Dress

 

This elegant dress from Quince 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 tencel fabric is high-quality and wears super well in all climates!

One wearer raves, “This is adorable on. Soft and comfortable material. Highly recommend!!” This dress is offered in sizes XS-XL.

 

 

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Shop Sizes XS-XL: 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
Best Casual Dresses With Pockets
dresses-with-pockets Columbia Chill River Dress “A sundress with pockets! Looks so beautiful on me—better looking than the models’ picture. The high neck is modest yet elegant, and the pockets are big enough for a smartphone.” Check Price
dresses-with-pockets 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.” Check Price
dresses-with-pockets Athleta Presido Traveler Maxi 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
dresses-with-pockets Wool& Sierra Tank Dress "It has enough stretch for comfort but didn’t stretch out of shape while sitting for a long time. I love this dress!” Check Price
Best Summer Dresses With Pockets
dresses-with-pockets 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
dresses-with-pockets Royal Robbins Spotless Traveler Casual Belted Dress "It’s super comfortable and flattering, and I especially adore the pockets. It can be dressed up or down!” ` Check Price
dresses-with-pockets 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
dresses-with-pockets Faherty Isha Tank Dress “Love love this dress. Wore it on a recent trip to Florida and it will be summer go-to dress. Very flattering. Cute!”  Check Price
Best Plus Size Dresses With Pockets
dresses-with-pockets Karen Kane Quinn Pocket Shift Dress Perfect for a fair-weather capsule wardrobe, pair it with sandals or wedges and look chic and ready for anything! Check Price
dresses-with-pockets AusLook Plus Size Sleeveless Dress “This dress is a perfect everyday, warm weather dress. It’s 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
dresses-with-pockets Caslon Sleeveless Maxi Dress “Soft, lightweight material. Will look great with a little platform espadrille sandal. Excited to take it on vacation to the Caribbean! Check Price
dresses-with-pockets Old Navy Fit & Flare Short Dress "I love the fabric and textures of the dress; they give it a unique twist. You can totally dress this up or wear it casually.”  Check Price
Best Work Dresses With Pockets
dresses-with-pockets 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
dresses-with-pockets Quince Tencel Jersey Ruched Waist Dress “This is adorable on. Soft and comfortable material. Highly recommend!!” Check Price
dresses-with-pockets 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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Thigh Society The Cooling Shorts | Sizes XS-6X

 

Best Shorts to Wear Under Dresses

 

If your looking for a shorts to wear under your dresses Thigh Society is a reader favorite! The Cooling anti-chafe shorts from ThighSociety are raved about by TFGers for so many reasons, especially their silky, hi-tech performance fabric. These shorts pull heat and moisture away from the body, keeping things cool, fresh, and chafe-free on even the hottest of days.

They’re tagless, don’t roll or bunch, and are ultra-thin and lightweight yet stretchy and durable as can be. Plus, they come in a wide range of colors and lengths and range in sizes from XS-6X!

 

 

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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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