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It is a fact universally acknowledged that dresses are the easiest wardrobe item going.
A one-step dressing solution, they offer an entire outfit in a single garment (just add shoes), and even when pulled on in a hurry, never fail to make you look put together. No time to mix and match separates in the morning? Whether maxi, mini or midi, reach for one of these dresses with pockets and you’re guaranteed a successful ensemble.
Not just straight forward, the beauty in dresses with pockets also lies in their versatility (dress-up with heels, pair down with trainers) and comfort-factor (no waistband). More forgiving than trousers, they are also far simpler to shop for, even online.
The one downfall of dresses? It’s rare they come with pockets. Quite why this is so remains one of life’s great sartorial mysteries – after all, wouldn’t we all appreciate the additional storage? Fortunately this season there are a handful of brands who have recognised the need, offering desirable frocks with pockets a-plenty for storing essentials. So leave your handbag at home and take a look at these.
Our favourite brands for dresses with pockets
A brand well known for marrying style with function, Boden comes up trumps for pocket-sprinkled dresses. The best of this autumn’s offering includes the Adora midi, which comes decorated in vintage-inspired floral print and with two invisible side pockets sewn into the flattering fit and flare skirt. Currently half price at £60, it would work just as well with classic courts for the office, as it would teamed with sleek white trainers for off-duty wear. Or try the Bronte Ottoman shift dress dress, £35 (both boden.com), which has two front pockets and is available in a stylish choice of colours.
John Lewis & Partners
Having seriously stepped up its fashion game over the last few seasons, John Lewis & Partners is now a bonafide destination for chic, high-quality wardrobe additions. Plus, it’s a treasure trove for dresses with pockets. With plenty of throw-on-and-go appeal, the Animal Print Tiered Maxi dress, £65, which has two discrete side pockets, is the perfect piece to reach for on busy weekdays – just add ankle boots. Meanwhile, the Oversized Leopardprint Shirt Dress from the exclusive Somerset by Alice Temperley range, £99, (both johnlewis.com) would easily take you from Zoom meeting to dinner with the addition of statement earrings.
With origins in sleepwear, Hush is a brand that never fails to put comfort and ease at the forefront of design. However that doesn’t mean sacrificing on style-factor – this season’s offering is bursting with covetable pieces. Top of the crop is the Kensington dress, a midi-length shirt silhouette with asymmetric hem, elasticated waist and – joy – pockets. A signature for the brand, it comes in a selection of prints and colours, the abstract floral and leopard print styles (both £75, hush.com) being particular highlights. Layer a trench over the top for a look that will take you from smart to casual.
A favourite brand among stylish royals (both the Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Euginie are fans), Whistles is known for offering flattering dresses that deliver high on fashion-factor and wearability. Case in point, the Eucalyptus Tea Dress, £129, (johnlewis.com) which comes decorated in a stylish floral print, with a neat button-down front and waist-enhancing tie belt. Two pockets in the midi-length skirt means keys, cards and essentials can be stored without need for a bag. Layer up with a chunky cardigan and flat stomping boots.
Another duchess-approve brand (Kate wore the white Nanette dress for her official engagement pictures in 2010), Reiss is the go-to for form-fitting frocks with smart appeal. This season the British retailer has a dress with pockets for every occasion. Looking for a relaxed yet polished outfit for brunch with friends? Try the Greta utility dress, £195, worn with tights and boots. For working days, the Esmerelda wrap dress, £185, would work with a tailored jacket worn over the top, while the metallic Isla mini, £235, (all reiss.com) is just the ticket for glammed-up evenings.
For those devoted to dresses with pockets, be sure to look at Jolie Moi. The dress-centric brand has one of the best offerings online, with a style appropriate for all manner of events, from work to wedding and weekend. Plus, with most styles currently on sale, now’s the time to make a purchase. Look to the tie collar maxi dress, £59, which comes in a chic retro-inspired print that is sure to make a statement day or night. Or try the turtle neck jersey dress, £35, (both jolimoie.co.uk) paired with flats for an effortless daytime look.
With a core ethos of easy-to-wear clothes that look as good as they feel, Toast has long been a champion of dresses with pockets, and this season has plenty to pick from. Tapping into autumn’s mood for all things 1970s, the Indigo Denim Shirt Dress, £160, has a flattering waist belt and large patch pockets at the front. Wear with knee-high tan boots and gold hoop earrings for a stylishly retro look. Winter-ready frocks don’t come chicer than the Gingham cotton dress, £165 (both Toa.st) which comes mixed with cashmere for supreme levels of warmth and luxe-factor. Team with thick tights and robust boots, layering a fine-gauge roll neck underneath when the temperature really drops.