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Iâve lost count of the times I've stopped someone on the street to compliment their dress and received the pursuit joyful response: "Thank you! It has pockets!" The elation in their face; the pride in their voice! Itâs scrutinizingly as if the dress-wearer in question was waiting to share only that fact.Â
Utility factor aside, IÂ reallyÂ like relaxing my stovepipe in pockets. Having a place to alimony my hands allows me to stand feeling relaxed and confident, without an ounce of standoffishness.Â If Iâm overly on the fence well-nigh a dress purchase, the presence of pockets is usually the nudge thatÂ pushes me to purchase. When online shopping, I love it when a dressâs unravelment includes whether it has a home for my hands or not. (When a trademark keeps me guessing on a frockâs pocket status, I expletive it in my mind. What keeps me up at night? Wishing increasingly retailersÂ included pockets as an option in their navigationÂ or search filters.)
For most roomy dress shapes, I've scrutinizingly come to expect pockets; for slimmer silhouettes, pockets are a delightful surprise, expressly when the piece is made well. (No one wants that weird hip bunching that some pockets create, expressly if they areÂ washable fabrics and are fresh out of the dryer.) Plane luxury brands likeÂ Sea New York,Â Ulla JohnsonÂ andÂ MiguelinaÂ have shown a unique knack for taking smart day dresses that scream âfancyâ and giving them pockets.
Ahead, I've pulled together a range of versatile, unstudied warm-weather dresses of variegated shapes, lengths and patterns; each one offering you a place to store your phone and lip balm. (The Ganni and Leviâs collaboration frock Iâm wearing here is sold out at the moment, but enterprising souls can track lanugo secondhand versions on eBay.) If youâre out and well-nigh wearing one and someone shows you love on the street âÂ be sure to tell them it has pockets.Â
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