Over the years, it's been getting harder and harder to find dresses with pockets in them. I don't want to carry a purse everywhere I go, so pockets are a necessity. Some women solve this problem by always wearing jeans, but the climate I live in is too warm for me to wear long pants, for nine months of the year. Dresses are so much easier and more comfortable.
I used to buy dresses with pockets from Land's End, L.L.Bean, and Eddie Bauer. I remember with particular fondness a washable linen dress from Eddie Bauer, and lots of nice "necessary knits" that Land's End used to put pockets in. No longer. Apparently pockets ruined the smooth line. I don't care about looking sleek if it means I don't have a tissue handy when I sneeze! Keys and wallet are also far less likely to go missing if they're safe in my pocket.
The best source I know of now is the Vermont Country Store, but most of their dresses now are unfortunately voluminous muumuus. I don't care about fashion, but an enormous muumuu is too much. I love their Romance of the Rose
dress, but I've had that exact one for at least three years already; I wish they'd make it in a new print! Their Knit Skimmer Dress
isn't too bad, but I'd prefer it without the buttons down the entire front. Their Knit A-line Dress
is too short and too informal for me to wear in public. Just My Size carries a rayon challis skirt with pockets that I like, but I don't care for their dresses.
Can you suggest any other sources for dresses or skirts with pockets in them? Preferably cotton or mostly-cotton, and preferably in the US. No dry-clean-only, ever (though it turns out lots of unlined rayons wash well even if labeled dry-clean-only). If it matters, I wear size L at the Vermont Country Store and size XL or 1X or 18P everywhere else, and I can't stand to wear a crew neck or anything right against my throat.