20 Dresses with Pockets That Are the Perfect Mix of Fashion and Function

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Admit it: Dresses with pockets are the best thing since sliced bread. They hold small, everyday essentials without needing a handbag, and they also serve as the perfect place to put your hands when you aren’t quite sure what to do with them. (A never-ending struggle, TBH.) And name a moment more exhilarating than receiving a compliment on said dress and excitedly responding with, “Thanks, it has pockets!"

How We Chose Our Favorite Dresses with Pockets

If we had our druthers, every dress would be designed with the nifty pouches, and their pocket-less counterparts would cease to exist all together. But we can’t always get our way, and thus, we have to track down these fashion-meets-function MVPs all on our own. Good news though, shopping for them is a breeze, so long as you know where to look. 

We checked out some of our favorite tried-and-true brands like Anthropologie, Amazon and Abercrombie & Fitch. Plus, we asked the most fashionable people at PureWow and sifted through countless reviews for the chicest dresses with pockets. 

How to Shop for Dresses with Pockets 

There are plenty of trendy styles out there. Whether you’re searching for flowy frocks made for picnics in the park, minimalist styles ideal for lounging or romantic, puffed-sleeve midis, we’ve got you covered on every style, length and material. To get you started, here are 20 dresses with pockets that will add a dose of functionality to your OOTD.

The Best Dresses with Pockets At Glance

dresses with pockets editors pick

Most Popular

1. Anrabess Maxi Dress


  • Why We Love It: 38 color options, sleeveless style, top seller on Amazon
  • Dress Length: maxi
  • Size Range: S to XXL
  • Promising Review: “I'm seriously in love with this dress. It's casual, comfortable and flattering. The material is stretchy and breathable. I plan to buy a few other colors. Bonus: [It gets me] lots of compliments!” — Kayla, an Amazon reviewer

With over 12,000 five-star reviews, this maxi dress is the most popular pick on the list. Why? Well, it has side pockets that aren’t too deep for your phone and wallet to weigh you down, and it’s made of a rayon, polyester and spandex material that’s stretchy and comfortable. Plus, Amazon reviewers rave about the sleeveless style and flowy length that make it a casual pick for multiple seasons (it would look so cute with a denim jacket). 

Best Linen Dress

2. Everlane The Linen Workwear Dress


  • Why We Love It: four color options, oversize fit, breathable linen material
  • Dress Length: mini
  • Size Range: XXS to XL
  • Promising Review: “This is not only the most comfortable dress I've ever owned, but the fabric is silky and it’s roomy in all the right places. The cut is perfect and it lays well in all the right places.” — Elizabeth, an Everlane reviewer

Summer Fridays call for a dress that’s equal parts appropriate for the office and casual for happy hour drinks after work. Made of 100 percent linen, the fabric is breathable, light and comfortable for the summer heat. As a result of its oversize fit (i.e., the deep collar, short sleeves and boxy silhouette), shoppers recommend sizing down. 

Best Tiered Dress

3. Maeve The Bettina Tiered Shirt Dress


  • Why We Love It: three print options, comes in standard, petite and plus fit
  • Dress Length: maxi
  • Size Range: XXS to XL
  • Promising Review: “If you are looking for a lightweight summer dress with sleeves, this is the dress for you! The patterns are very boho and pretty. This dress has no lining which makes it very lightweight for the summer months. [Plus,] there are pockets, which makes it even better in my opinion.” — an Anthropology reviewer

We aren’t sure what we love more: the jazzy geometric design, flattering tiers that offer a flowy shape or the show-stopping puffed sleeves that makes this ensemble more than seasonally appropriate. The shirt dress is 100 percent cotton, so you can rock at work, brunch or a rooftop shindig. Shoppers suggest sizing down for a better fit (but if you have larger busts, stick with your regular size). 

Best Shirtdress

4. J.Crew V-Neck Shirtdress


  • Why We Love It: four color options, comes in classic, petite or tall fit
  • Dress Length: mini
  • Size Range: XXS to 3X
  • Promising Review: “I suspect [I’ll be] wearing this dress way too much this spring and summer! Everything about it is perfect, from the weight to the color (green!) to the pockets. Also, I don’t always look great in this style [since I] have a larger bust, but this dress isn’t overly boxy on me.” — Leanne, a J.Crew reviewer

Whether you pick the trendy color of the year or a creamy white number, this shirtdress is a great addition to your summer wardrobe. It’s crafted with 100 percent cotton that feels soft and breathable on your skin. Plus, shoppers appreciate the straight, relaxed fit that compliments petite and tall pals as well as folks with larger busts. 

Best Mini Dress

5. Hill House Home The Athena Nap Dress

Hill House Home

  • Why We Love It: four color options, machine washable
  • Dress Length: mini
  • Size Range: XXS to 2XL
  • Promising Review: “This style is an absolute fave! It’s so flattering for my body type and I've worn it for countless occasions, from picnics to weddings. Plus, those two secret pockets come in handy when I need to make a quick purchase.” — Nakeisha Campbell, PureWow’s associate editor of entertainment and news 

Ready to enter your Bridgerton era this spring? This nap dress should be on your radar. Crafted with 100 percent cotton, expect a soft and comfy fit for day or night wear. We have a feeling you’ll adore the puffy sleeves and elastic smocking design alone. 

Great for Petites

6. Abercrombie & Fitch Strapless Midi Dress

Abercrombie & Fitch

  • Why We Love It: five color options, comes in petite, regular and tall fit, removable straps
  • Dress Length: midi
  • Size Range: XXS to XXL
  • Promising Review: “I’m 5-foot-1 and three quarters (and yes, I count the three quarters). That means that 99.9 percent of maxi and even midi dresses drag the ground when I walk unless I have them altered. On a hunch that this might be the case with this frock, my eyes lit up when I saw the petite option. Spoiler alert? It worked—the petite hit exactly where it was supposed to on me (aka right at mid-calf) with no alterations necessary.” — Nicole Briese, PureWow’s commerce director

If you’re a shortie, midi and maxi dresses can be near impossible. But sometimes a style comes along that has us stocking on all the color options available. Exhibit A: this midi from Abercrombie & Fitch. Its material blend (aka elastane, polyester and linen) promises a light, flowy and smooth feel. Plus, the dress also comes with removable straps if you’re not feeling strapless moment. Also note that some shoppers point out that the bust area can feel a bit large, so if you’re smaller up top you might want to consider sizing down. 

Great Cotton Material

7. Enza Costa Cotton Tiered Dress


  • Why We Love It: two color options, adjustable shoulder straps, tiered design
  • Dress Length: midi
  • Size Range: XS to XL
  • Promising Review: “[It’s] so lightweight and comfy! [It’s] flowy but without being boxy and like a potato sack because the neckline and straps hit so nicely.” — a Revolve reviewer

This is the kind of dress that you can wear *literally* anywhere. We’re talking from work to brunch, on grocery runs to coffee dates and everywhere else in between. It’s 100 percent cotton and partially lined, so you shouldn’t have to worry about it being see-through (though we love the idea of wearing it as a swimsuit cover-up too). And we have to point out the adjustable straps, which make this a comfortable fit for any occasion. 

Best Coverall Dress

8. J.Crew Chino Dress


  • Why We Love It: two color options, adjustable shoulder straps, tiered design
  • Dress Length: mini
  • Size Range: 00 to 24
  • Promising Review: “I love this dress and get compliments every time I wear it. It's comfortable and easy to throw on but I feel instantly put together so I can wear it to work meetings, and it's flattering.” — SunnyinSD, a J.Crew reviewer

The perfect spring to summer to fall transitional dress doesn’t exi—ah, looks like we spoke too soon. This coverall dress features a front-zip design and patch pockets that are great with a pair of sneaks or wedges. It’s crafted with chino and TENCEL lyocell (an eco-friendly fiber) that’s lightweight, breathable and roomy. 

Work-Friendly Pick

9. J.Crew Resume Dress


  • Why We Love It: three color options, linen and polyester blend, back zipper
  • Dress Length: midi
  • Size Range: 00 to 24
  • Promising Review: “I bought this dress in Flax Ivory to wear to an interview and felt more comfortable and confident than I have in a long time. The dress is flattering around the waist, professional without feeling boring, and held up to the summer heat and humidity. Plus, I got the job (can't say for sure that was because of the dress, but also can't say it wasn't).” — Sunshine, a J.Crew reviewer

Let’s see: It’s professional, stylish and comfortable without being frumpy. The A-line silhouette complements so many body types, and the cap sleeves and scoop neckline add a nice flair to any office setting. Crafted with plant-based Sorona polymer, the fit is stretchy enough to sit in your chair all day or step out for your lunch break to take in the warm weather. 

Best Maxi Dress

10. Free People Golden Hour Maxi Dress

Free People

  • Why We Love It: three color options, 100 percent cotton
  • Dress Length: maxi
  • Size Range: XS to XL
  • Promising Review: “[It’s a] great fit. [I] wore it at 29 weeks pregnant and it was so flattering and comfortable!” — a Revolve reviewer

We love a good maxi moment, and we award this one bonus points for the array of playful patterns, 100 percent cotton material and the smocked waistband that shapes the bust and cinches the waist perfectly. We also appreciate the three color options, but the vibrant yellow pick is our favorite. 

Great for Weddings

11. Madewell One-Shoulder Midi Dress


  • Why We Love It: three color options, comes in standard and plus fit 
  • Dress Length: midi
  • Size Range: 00 to 16
  • Promising Review: “This dress is absolutely fabulous! [It’s] so chic and well made. It drapes well and feels way more expensive than it is. I can wear this to a date or to a cocktail party depending on the accessories.” — Sleepygirl, a Madewell reviewer

Searching for a summer wedding guest dress? Well, look no further than this stylish number from Madewell. It has a ruffled one-shoulder sleeve, a cinched waist to show off your figure and flowy pleats that pair nicely with a pair of summery heels. Made of 100 percent cotton, this midi dress is dressy, lightweight and oh-so chic. 

Best Floral Dress

12. Lulus Flourishing Feelings Midi Dress


  • Why We Love It: lightweight fabric, adjustable straps, high waist top
  • Dress Length: midi
  • Size Range: XS to XL
  • Promising Review: “This dress fits like a glove and the material is so light that I didn't even break a sweat. I have a thick, curvy figure, so sometimes long dresses can make me seem bigger, but [this one] slimmed me down. I got so many compliments and yes, ladies, it has pockets! This dress is a must in any women's closet and any body shape will look amazing!” — Anaisa, a Lulus reviewer

This midi dress is straight out of our cottagecore dreams. This beauty is made of 100 percent rayon, featuring a floral print that totally exudes that strolling-through-the-garden kind of spring energy. Shoppers appreciate the fitted, high-waist bodice, adjustable straps and puffy short sleeves that make it super customizable.

Best Casual Maxi

13. Jenni Kayne Cove Dress

Jenni Kayne

  • Why We Love It: two color options, best-seller on Jenni Kayne
  • Dress Length: maxi
  • Size Range: XXS to 3X
  • Promising Review: “This dress is so beautiful and well made (love the adjustable straps). It’s fully lined, so I can wear it without a bra, yet it’s still very light and flowy.” — Kimberly, a Jenni Kayne reviewer

You always need a flowy maxi to take on tropical vacays (or, for couch potato-ing it up in comfort) and we think this one fits the bill. It’s crafted with cotton and a polyester lining for a looser fit. Add the V-neck and side pockets and you’re ready to chill on the beach (or couch) in style. 

Great for Date Night

14. Lulus Midi Dress


  • Why We Love It: five color options, wide adjustable straps, v-neckline
  • Dress Length: midi
  • Size Range: XS to XL
  • Promising Review: “I absolutely adore this dress! The low neckline is the perfect balance to the long, flowy skirt (and the skirt's pockets are awesome). The back of the dress shows the perfect amount of skin and ensures that you won't melt while wearing this in the middle of summer.” — Amanda, a Lulus reviewer

Looking for a date night dress that's not over-the-top fancy but still leans on the sexier side? Well, this flowy number has an open back design that’s totally add-to-cart worthy. It offers wide, adjustable straps to keep your bust supported and comfy, along with a V-neckline and triangle-shaped cups for a sultry appeal. Note: Shoppers point out it can be a bit tight for larger chest sizes, so it might be helpful to size up. 

Best Wrap Dress

15. Amazon Essentials Wrap Dress


  • Why We Love It: 19 color options, great for short torsos
  • Dress Length: mini
  • Size Range: XS to XXL
  • Promising Review: “I love, love, love these dresses! I've bought two so far. They are so comfortable and are great for everyday wearing. You can dress them up or keep it simple. The stretchy fabric is very flattering and it just feels so nice.” — Mara, an Amazon reviewer

A classic wrap dress is never going to go out of style, and we love how easy it is to dress this little number up with some strappy heels or keep things casual with a pair of chunky white sneakers. Thanks to the viscose and elastane blend, the material is lightweight and stretchy for the hottest temps. With over 2,800 five-star reviews, shoppers recommend this one for the short torsos and petite girlies of the world. 

Great Reversible Dress

16. Madewell Midi Dress


  • Why We Love It: reversible dress, puffy sleeves, comes in standard and plus fit
  • Dress Length: midi
  • Size Range: 00 to 14
  • Promising Review: “This dress fits me so nicely. I’m so excited to wear this dress, but didn’t know when I would be able to since I need to nurse my baby. HOWEVER it’s reversible!!!!! And with the tie back becoming the front, it’s SUPER nursing-friendly! I am stoked about that.” — Alexandra, a Madewell reviewer

OK, we are already excited about the pockets, but a reversible dress gets us positively giddy. This style by Madewell offers the best of both worlds, since you can rock it with a front or back cutout depending on your preference. The floral number also features puffy sleeves and tiered ruffles, so you can have the dress of the season. 

Great for Casual Days

17. Daily Practice Utility Mini Dress


  • Why We Love It: two color options, cotton and polyester blend
  • Dress Length: mini
  • Size Range: XXS to XL
  • Promising Review: “The style is very slimming and figure flattering. There is not one thing I would change about it. The material is thick but not too thick and the length is perfect. I absolutely love the pockets and the green color is fun.” — Kiki, an Anthropologie reviewer

Whether you slip this on for Sunday errands or don it for your next outdoor jog (because yes, it’s workout-friendly), you’ll appreciate this frock’s soft cotton material that’s breathable and easy to move in. The mini dress also features two deep side pockets and a breast pocket, so you can store all your snacks necessities for a casual day. 

Best Midi Dress

18. Lulus Full Heart Midi Dress


  • Why We Love It: four color options, rayon material, adjustable straps
  • Dress Length: midi
  • Size Range: XS to XL
  • Promising Review: “This dress is the best! [It’s] so comfortable, so flattering and can work for so many occasions. The length is great and can be worn without a bra. Love this dress so much!” — Kaitlyn, a Lulus reviewer

Allow us to present a cocktail-appropriate frock that is totally in line with your BFF’s wedding dress code and won’t force you to sacrifice any comfort points. Made of 100 percent rayon, the material accentuates your shape while the smocked waist, V-neckline and adjustable straps offer a customizable fit for your body type. 

Great for Beach Days

19. Hount Maxi Dress


  • Why We Love It: 31 color options, rayon material, adjustable straps
  • Dress Length: maxi
  • Size Range: S to XXL
  • Promising Review: “I got this dress for a tropical vacation and it has become one of my favorite dresses. It has POCKETS! The fit is expected and is very comfortable. It doesn't squeeze or pinch—like my favorite yoga pants but a dress!” — an Amazon reviewer

A day at the beach needs a flowy maxi dress that’s cooling and comfortable. With over 9,000 five-star reviews, this lengthy piece is a vacay essential. Shoppers love the stretchy material (a cotton and polyester blend), which is universally flattering, especially for large busts and taller folks. 

Budget-Friendly Pick

20. Huhot Floral Skater Dress


  • Why We Love It: 54 color options, crew neckline, polyester material
  • Dress Length: midi
  • Size Range: XS to XL
  • Promising Review: “This dress is incredibly flattering and comfortable! I have a bigger butt and many dresses do not fit well, resulting in a higher hemline in the back. This dress did not do that. It flows beautifully below the waist and fits nicely on top. The sleeves are roomy and fitting at the same time. Beautiful fit and very flattering!” — Peggy, an Amazon reviewer

Whether you pair it with heeled mules, sleek booties or white sneakers, this $28 stunner makes for an instant, no-thought-required kind of outfit. Crafted with polyester, cotton and spandex for a stretchy, breathable fit that won’t shrink or wrinkle overtime. Shoppers call out the A-line silhouette that falls inches past your knees as being flattering for petite, tall and/or curvier shapes. 

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