Sleeved Dresses with Pockets

dresses with sleeves and pockets roundupI was just writing something about the best default thing to wear to a networking event (like a conference) where you don’t know what to wear — and my answer was, if all else failed, wear “a sleeved dress with pockets.”  Sleeves because it looks like a complete look — no need for a cardigan or blazer to forget somewhere — and pockets so you have a place to stash business cards, key cards, and more.  Then, I thought to myself: good luck finding that workwear unicorn!  Despite lots of readers (year after year!) sleeved dresses with pockets!saying how much they love sleeved dresses — and dresses with pockets! — very few companies are granting that mystical request.  So I thought I’d do a mini hunt: FIVE sleeved dresses with pockets. (Psst: here’s an old WSJ article about why so many dresses are sleeveless.)

Let’s start our hunt with some of the top-rated dresses at Nordstrom

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Thursday’s TPS Report: Wrap Dress

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

We liked this dress when we saw it full price a few weeks ago, but it is selling out like hotcakes at every Macy’s we’ve been to (we featured it last week at the AK Anne Klein event in Miami and people were trying to buy the dress the model was wearing after she took it off!). It has sleeves, a nice fitted look, and discreet pockets if you want to stash your keycard — and it’s on sale. The red and black are $95, or the khaki color (“Tundra”) comes down to $90 with the 30% Off Friends and Family link. Because of the sale and popularity, limited sizes are available at AK Anne Klein — more sizes may be available at Macy’s. Wrap Dress

Also: We’ll be doing a Twitter Chat at 10:00 — hashtag #beanchat. Come join the fun!

If you’ve recently seen a great work piece you’d like to recommend to the readers, please e-mail [email protected] with “TPS” in the subject line. Unless you ask otherwise, we’ll refer to you by your first initial.

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(Disclosure: As you know, we’re doing a promotion/event series with AK Anne Klein, but we are not being paid to feature this particular dress (beyond our affiliate relationship) — we just really like it (and have ordered it ourselves.))

Wednesday’s TPS Report: Matte jersey belted dress

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Talbots matte jersey belted dressReader J points us to this Talbots dress, which, as she notes, is “a great, short-sleeved, office-appropriate dress. Since everyone seems to have a hard time finding dresses that aren’t sleeveless, I thought you might want to feature it.” We particularly like the jewel tones — dark green and a mallard blue — very very pretty and flattering. (It’s also available in black.)  We might swap the belt out for a wider one, but it’s a great general dress. It’s available at Talbots for $139 (web only) in regulars and petites. Matte jersey belted dress
If you’ve recently seen a great work piece you’d like to recommend to the readers, please e-mail [email protected] with “TPS” in the subject line. Unless you ask otherwise, we’ll refer to you by your first initial.

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Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Wool-blend pencil dress

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

DKNY Wool-blend pencil dressFor reasons unbeknownst to us, we are suddenly seeing a lot of dresses with sleeves for sale. After an entire winter of everyone (including us) saying, why are there no dresses with sleeves, the fashion powers that be think we want to wear long-sleeved dresses for spring. Ah well. Today’s TPS is this lovely DKNY dress, which we’ve actually seen in person as well — the fabric is a great suiting material, and the cut is simple and work-appropriate.  It’s $325 at Net-a-Porter, still available in sizes 0, 4, 6, 12, 14.  Wool-blend pencil dress

If you’ve recently seen a great work piece you’d like to recommend to the readers, please e-mail [email protected] with “TPS” in the subject line. Unless you ask otherwise, we’ll refer to you by your first initial.

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