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We’ve all been there. You’re running to work in the sweltering heat, balancing a work tote in one hand, a cup of coffee in the other, and attempting to hold your phone between your head and shoulder to take a call. What do you need? a pocket, duh.

Women’s fashion trends have changed dramatically over the years, but some contentious looks have stuck in our memories for ages; from the bra-burning of the 1960s to Hillary Clinton’s pantsuits and Kim Kardashian’s latest red-carpet corset controversy. When it comes to how we dress, everyone has something to say. But, few of us pay much attention to the political prowess of something as simple as a pocket.

For centuries, female clothing has lacked a utility that we all desire. Ages ago, designers may have written pockets out of women’s clothing for their perception that women didn’t need them. The case of the non-existent pocket was closely tied to our lack of political and economic rights, the assumption that women would not use space to stow their things, since there were few reasons for them to leave the home in the first place. Even more terrifying, a practical pocket may just add an inch or two to our perfectly petite frames (how dare they!).

Despite advances in women’s rights and the role of women in the workforce, the pocket problem has made little progress. A 2018 study on The Pudding revealed that women’s pockets are 48% shorter and 65% narrower than men’s pockets. Even more offensive, are the cases of fake pockets — women’s garments that are merely ‘decorated’ with the illusion of a pocket, a rectangular patch that doesn’t even open.

While functional styles are certainly harder to come by, some brands make a conscious effort to include pockets: Reformation, Hill House, and Anthropologie, to name just a few. In opposition to the plight of the pockets, the Post Wanted team has rounded up some of our favorite pocketed dresses for women; ma›xi, mini, and everything in between. We’ve selected a range of styles for every occasion — from wo›rkdays to weddings, and the gym to the couch.

Best overall: Hill House The Elizabeth Nap Dress

A woman in a black dress
Hill House

Pros:

  • Elasticated smocking
  • Pregnancy and breast-feeding friendly
  • Wide, supportive straps
  • Available in three colors

Cons:

  • Thinner material (more of a personal preference)

Sizing: XXS -XXL

“Hill House’s Elizabeth Nap Dress is the perfect summer dress, in my opinion,” said Angela Tricarcio, Commerce Writer at Decider. “It’s a great mini length, the cotton fabric is so light and breezy, and, of course, it has pockets!

Tricarcio opted for this style because of its versatility. “It’s easy to dress nap dresses up or down, so whether you’re throwing it on for a casual vacation or wearing it for a night out, you can always count on this dress to be a versatile closet staple,” she explained.


Best t-shirt dress: Tuckernuck Green Hutton Polo Dress

A woman in a green dress
TuckerNuck

Pros:

  • Fits true to size, per reviews
  • Comfortable and loose-fitting (easy to throw on and go)
  • Comes in three styles

Cons:

  • Some reviewers noted the arm length was not comfortable for them

Sizing: XS – XXXL

“After my Instagram algorithm began feeding me Tuckernuck styles, I’ve recently become obsessed with the classic designs and quality pieces from the brand,” shared Meaghan Roche, Sr. Manager of SEO. “My first purchase was this preppy polo dress, complete with pockets, that I just adore for all summer activities.”

Roche noted that this piece can be styled for various occasions: “Last summer I wore this to the US Open, to work, and to dinner and I can’t wait to wear it again this season. The contrasting color details really make this dress stand out, and I always get a ton of compliments. The pockets make it so versatile but also help achieve the casual, athleisure style of this dress.”


Best mini dress: Women’s Flutter Short Sleeve Mini Poplin Dress

A woman in a dress
Target

Pros:

  • The dress comes in extended sizing
  • Four styles available
  • The fabric has a slight cooling effect
  • Loose-fitting, pull-on style

Cons:

  • Some reviewers note that the fabric attracts lint
  • Recommended to size down

Sizing: XS – 4X

“We all know Target is great for all kinds of shopping. Seriously I can (and have) spent hours there, but don’t sleep on their cute dresses!” exclaimed Roche. “This season Target has tons of dresses in all different styles — with pockets!!”

The Mini Poplin Dress is one of many that caught her eye. “I love that this flutter sleeve dress conceals the pockets well so as not to add any bulk to your silhouette. The cotton poplin fabric keeps me feeling cool and comfortable, whether wearing this dress to the office or out to dinner, and the pockets make it functional and fun.”


Best maxi dress: The Drop Women’s Britt Tiered Maxi Tent Dress

A woman in a blue dress
Amazon

Pros:

  • Extended inclusive sizing
  • Range of color and patterns
  • Silky and drapes well

Cons:

  • May show bra straps
  • Some colors may not reflect images, per revies

Sizing: XXS – 5X

“I’d get so many compliments on this dress and I would always respond to people, ‘And it has pockets too!'” said Sophie Cannon, New York Post Associate Manager of Commerce Strategy & Development. “This Maxi really is the epitome of form and function. The fabric is butter-smooth and the loose-fitting cut makes this dress an absolute dream to move around in. I love the range of colors and styles available as well — you can find one that really speaks to your style.”


Best midi dress: Madella Midi Dress

A woman in a yellow dress
Revolve

Pros:

  • 100% organic cotton (skin-friendly)
  • Deep pockets
  • Lightweight

Cons:

  • Only one color is available
  • Hand wash suggested
  • Strapless (not ideal for all busts)

Sizing: XS – XXL

“I don’t wear dresses often, but one I had for a short time that I really loved was by ML Monique Lhuillier Sunshine Day Gown,” shared Holly J Coley, New York Post Updates Editor. “I scored it off Rent The Runway and wore it to a wedding. I loved it not only because of its bright color but the thick material and pockets!

Coley pointed out that this option from Revolve costs a fraction of a similar luxury style. “The Madella Midi Dress from Faithful The Brand is a more affordable dupe. Same bright color and deep pockets but a lot less. It’s also made with organic cotton, so it’s good for those with sensitive skin, plus it is lightweight.”


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Best splurge: Reformation Balia Linen Dress

A woman in a white dress
Reformation

Pros:

  • Adjustable straps
  • Pockets are at the side and closer to the back (more hidden)
  • Reformation pays for alterations
  • Numerical sizing

Cons:

  • Item runs large, recommended to size up

Sizing: 0-12

The simple, timeless, elegance of a long white dress never disappoints, and this summer staple from Reformation has everything we love; a scoop neckline, back smoking, adjustable straps, and two side pockets that hit right at the hips.

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Customers are saying: No reviews available


Best casual dress: OFEEFAN Women’s Casual Maxi Dress

A woman in a red dress
Amazon

Pros:

  • Comfortable, lightweight material
  • A variety of colors available
  • Flattering on different body types

Cons:

  • More limited sizes

Sizing: S-XXL

Amazon shoppers agree: this dress fits like a dream. The maxi length hits right between the calf and ankles, for a stunning elongating effect, and the stretchy top falls into a non-clingy skirt to keep you cool in the summer heat. You’ll hardly notice the side pocket slits at the side.

Customers are saying: “I struggle to find petite clothes that fit and this dress was such a pleasant surprise. It hits at my ankles but I can still wear flats. So comfortable and even has pockets. It washed beautifully and I’m sure it could go in the dryer but I just hung it to dry.”


Best cocktail dress: CEASIKERY Women’s Business Retro Cocktail Dress

Woman in a blue dress
Amazon

Pros:

  • Pockets are not bulky at the hips
  • Durable fabric
  • Sophisticated cut for work

Cons:

  • Hand wash only
  • Limited sizing

Sizing: S – XXL

Cocktail hour? This cap sleeve pencil dress from Amazon won’t break the budget, and shoppers can’t stop talking about how the slightly fitted cut smoothes and shows off their curves. Some love it so much they plan to buy it every color — from rose red to lake green and everything in between.

Customers are saying: “I bought this for a wedding not sure it would be dressy enough and was pleasantly surprised when I received it… the fit was perfect and it can be dressed up or dressed down and it had pockets! A lot of dresses that have pockets sometimes can be a little bulky in the hips and this was not at all.”

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Best belted dress: White House Black Market Sleeveless Utility Collar Midi Dress

Bruna Tenório wearing a white dress
White House Black Market

Pros:

  • Extended numerical sizing
  • Petite and regular sizes are available
  • Sleek, sophisticated, work-friendly cut

Cons:

  • It might not flatter larger bust sizes, per reviews
  • Only one color is available

Sizing: 00 – 18

This creamy silhouette flows easily and can be accessorized with just about everything. The fitted bust, straight through the hips, and slightly flared skirt move easily, making it a great option for walking or work.

Customers are saying: “This classic dress is both fashionable and comfortable. It has pretty pintuck details and a flared skirt suitable for different body types. I love that it is machine washable, a huge plus! Oh, and it has pockets!”


Best linen dress: Ralph Lauren Belted Striped Linen Shirtdress

A woman in a blue and white striped dress
Ralph Lauren

Pros:

  • Extended sizing available
  • The belt offers a more customized fit
  • 100% linen (skin-friendly)

Cons:

  • Only two colors are available

Sizing: 00 – 18

Ralph Lauren exudes all the style and class we desire with this buttoned placket striped dress. The point collar and modest sleeves give this piece a more elevated look, equally suited for beach days or meetings at the office. Side on-seam pockets don’t detract from the classic cut, but add just the right amount of space for resting hands comfortably.

Customers are saying: “Loved this linen midi dress in blue plaid. My summer go everywhere. This year so happy it is back and with pockets.”


Best denim dress: Joanne Long Sleeve Denim Mini Shirtdress

A woman in a denim dress
Nordstrom

Pros:

  • Easy to dress up or down
  • The belt offers a more customized fit
  • Pockets can be button closed for added security

Cons:

  • Stiffer material
  • Arms on the longer side, per some reviews
  • Pockets on the smaller side

Sizing: XS – S

Since western wear is trending, we couldn’t help but throw in a striking belted denim shirtdress. You’ll find two chest button-flap patch pockets that provide just enough space for cards, keys, and other small things.

Customers are saying: “This dress fits light a glove! The arms were long so I turned over to creat a cuff. Love it! The perfect Jean dress and great price!”


Best floral dress: Eliza J Floral Flutter Sleeve Fit & Flare Cotton Dress

A woman in a blue and white dress
Nordstrom

Pros:

  • Hidden side-seam pockets
  • Ideal length, per reviews
  • Hidden back-zip closure

Sizing: 4- 16

Cons:

  • Only one style is available
  • Hand wash only

Get ready for your garden party with this charming, ruffled-sleeve floral dress. The slightly flared skirt adds just a touch of shape and the plentiful side-seam pockets make this mini the perfect combination of functional and flirty.

Customers are saying: “I love this dress. It fits true to size. Very flattering. Comfortable because of the elastic around the waist. A good length. Not too short and not too long. Beautiful vibrant color.”


Best cargo dress: Forever 21 Cargo Dress

A woman in a Forever21 dress
Forever 21

Pros:

  • Plenty of pockets of varying sizes
  • Elasticized trim with toggle drawstring
  • Unique on-trend cargo style

Cons:

  • Only two colors are available
  • Customers recommend sizing up

Sizing: XS – XL

Cargo is having a moment, and this style beats all others when it comes to pockets. You’ll find them placed generously along the top and bottom of this one-of-a-kind woven tube dress. Don’t plan on finding something like this anywhere else.

Customers are saying: “This dress is super cute on! A must-have! I decided to purchase up. I am a Medium (size 8-10) but based on reviews, I decided to purchase an XL and have it altered if needed. It actually fitted perfectly! The top is a little big but doesn’t require altering.”


Best puff-sleeve dress: State Puff Sleeve V Neck Mini Dress

A woman in a pink dress playing checkers
Bloomingdales

Pros:

  • Fits true to size
  • Sleeves are closer to the back (more hidden)

Cons:

  • Non-stretch fabric
  • Only one style is available

Sizing: XS – XXL

It’s about time to ring in picnic season. For something more feminine, we suggest this stunner by State. The puff sleeves, banded waist, and rosey pink and white checkers give this mini dress a youthful flair.

Customers are saying: No reviews available


Best athletic dress: Vuori Topspin Dress

A woman in a white dress holding a tennis racket
Vuori

Pros:

  • Four-way stretch
  • Moisture-wicking
  • Built-in bra
  • Pocket fits tennis balls

Cons:

  • Only one style is available (white)

Sizing: XXS – XXL

Put a flirty spin on it with this Topspin Dress by Vuori. This slim-fitting athletic dress is designed with elastane, sporty and sleek, and perfect for occasions requiring some more movement.

Customers are saying: “Love this dress! The fabric is soft and the material is of great quality. I love the length and this is perfect for daily wear. Will definitely purchase in another color.”


Best gown: Windsor Winslow Formal Satin Lace-Up Dress

A woman in a green dress
Windsor

Pros:

  • Adjustable spaghetti straps
  • Lace-up closure for more custom fit
  • One of the few special occasion gowns with pockets

Cons:

  • On the longer side, per some reviews (floor-length hem)
  • No stretch

Sizing: 1 – 15

For more glamorous occasions, we suggest the satin gown from Windsor. This sleeveless, cowl-neck item comes in a sea of elegant shades. The form-fitting bodice, back-zip closure, and adjustable straps provide a near-tailored fit.

Customers are saying: “The fabric is beautiful, the cut is very flattering, it’s classy and sexy. It was the perfect choice for me. I cannot recommend it enough — it even has pockets!”


Best dress set: Halara Square Neck Side Pocket 2-Piece Mini Flare Dress Set

Halara

Pros:

  • Multiple colors available
  • Runs true to size
  • Two side pockets in the built-in shorts

Cons:

  • A combination of polyester and elastane provides support while also offering some stretch

Sizing: XS – XL

Don’t underestimate the power of hidden pockets. These discreet pockets will come in handy whether you’re on the court, or strutting the streets. Halara’s performance wear offers an ample amount of support, without sacrificing style.

Customers are saying: “The neckline offers more coverage for us busty gals than most HALARA styles. The material is thicker than the Cloudful Air but offers more structure and thus keeps more of the figure I’m going for… I may be picky but overall I love this purchase!”


Best work dress: Lilysilk Trench-Style Silk Midi Shirt Dress

A woman in a long white dress
Lilysilk

Pros:

  • Multi-functional wear: trench coat or dress
  • Skin-friendly silk material
  • Can customize the size
  • Pockets offer button-closure

Cons:

  • Must be hand-washed
  • Only one color is available

Sizing: XS – XXL

Silk is the fabric of the season and this midi dress has an enviable pearl-like, moisture-wicking gloss texture that your skin will love as much as you. The drapey shape falls easily for a looser, more breathable fit.

Customers are saying: No reviews available.


Best designer dress: Alice + Olivia Saige Lace-Up Mini Dress

A woman in a brown dress
The Outnet

Pros:

  • Offers light stretch
  • Fully-lined
  • Two side-slit pockets
  • Lace-up back for more custom fit

Cons:

  • Only one color is available

Sizing: 0 -10

Slip into this slightly stretchy sateen mini dress with two side slit pockets for all your necessities. The velvety chocolate color and lace-up back make this piece a real show-stopper.

Customers are saying: No reviews available.


Best maternity dress: Anthropologie The Somerset Maxi Dress

A woman in a dress
Anthropologie

Pros:

  • Multiple colors and styles are available
  • Petite and sizes are available
  • Pockets can fit a cell phone
  • Comfortable waistband
  • Maternity-friendly

Cons:

  • Fabric on the stiffer side, per some reviews
  • Slight low-cut

Sizing: XXS – XXL

Embrace the elegance of this smocked spring dress, adorned with a garden of blossoming flowers. The side slant pockets are barely visible, and the elongated sleeves add some dimension to this graceful silhouette. Reviewers mention that the loose fit leaves space to show off a baby bump, too.

Customers are saying: “I absolutely love this dress! I have it in a couple of different patterns. It can be dressed down or up. The elastic waist gathering is very flattering and it has pockets. The top is a bit low-cut. It has a hook and eye, but I always add a stitch just a bit higher for more coverage.”


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