World travelers need two things: a sense of adventure and … pockets. On men’s clothing, pockets are standard. But women’s clothing in general, and dresses in particular, often lack this key feature.
9 Travel-Friendly Dresses with Pockets
But dresses with pockets are on the rise. Travel-clothing companies and athleisurewear brands are leading the way, giving travelers who want the option of going purse-free plenty of great options. Here are nine great dresses with pockets to suit all destinations and body types.
Columbia Departure Point Dress
Headed to a Zika zone? Pack Columbia’s Departure Point Dress, which has an omni-shield treatment to help protect against bug bites. The dress is wrinkle-resistant as well, and has zip-closed security pockets.
Betabrand No-Sweat Cocktail Dress
Betabrand understands that dresses should have pockets. Among its impressive selection of dresses with pockets, the No-Sweat Cocktail Dress stands out as a dressed-up option that travels well and frees you from needing to pack that extra evening bag. Not one but two pockets—a zippered side-seam option plus a hidden bust pocket—allow you to head out for a purse-free night on the town.
Patagonia Women’s Rocky Peak Shirt Dress
This chambray shirt dress from Patagonia doesn’t just have pockets, it has oversize pockets ready to help you go purse-free on all your outings. The knee-length dress has darts for a bit of shape and a pleat in the back for better mobility, and comes in three colors.
The Mizdress is a great dress with pockets from Toad&Co—this one has two deep pockets that can warm your hands and hold your stuff. The Mizdress is perfect for colder weather, since the Samba 230 fabric is designed to add more weight and warmth. It also packs extremely well, as it’s super wrinkle-resistant. This one pairs well with leggings, and is also long enough to be worn alone in the case of unexpectedly warm weather.
Athleta Eco Wash Turtleneck Sweatshirt Dress
Athleta’s Eco Wash Turtleneck Sweatshirt dress is a cozy and sporty dress with pockets. Its side pockets and sleeve thumbholes offer plenty of hand-warming options, and the cotton-poly blend is super-soft and machine washable. It comes in two shades of gray, and the contrast stitching around the pockets gives the dress some cute, casual detailing.
Romwe Maxi Dress
For more conservative destinations, the Romwe maxi dress is a great choice, as it’s long-sleeved and ankle-length. Two practical pockets are at the front, and the Romwe can be dressed up or down depending on accessories. This dress with pockets has a very stretchy, loose fit, so you’ll be comfortable wearing it on the plane.
Melissa McCarthy Seven7 Dresses
Melissa McCarthy (yep, that Melissa McCarthy, the actress) has an awesome plus size line that’s great for travel, and many of her pieces include dresses with pockets. Her Buttondown Pleated Dress is comfortable but still dressy, and this High Low Tunic Dress would be perfect over leggings for a long plane ride.
Free Country V-Neck Kangaroo Coverup
A coverup is a vacation essential when you’re headed to the beach, but few have the added benefit of built-in pockets. Free Country’s Kangaroo Coverup has two kangaroo front pockets built into its fast-drying, ultra-lightweight woven fabric. Design touches include the V-neck, X-over hood, and adjustable side pulls that let you adjust hem length dress up any beach outing.
Royal Robbins Jackson Plaid Dress
This lightweight flannel dress from Royal Robbins is comfortable enough for the plane and, with the help of leggings and a few accessories, can be dressed up or down for cold-weather vacations. Thanks to strategic darts, unobtrusive side-seam pockets, and a side sash, it has a flattering fit. And the cotton-Tencel blend is moisture wicking so you can stay dry and comfortable.
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Editor’s Note: Caroline Morse contributed to this story.