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To Have And To Hold - A Love Letter To Dresses With Pockets

“I love your dress!”

“Thanks, it has pockets!”

If you are a dress-loving-lady, I would bet money that you have been, at least once in your life, on the giving or receiving end of this exchange...or maybe both.

Like closing your eyes to sneeze, loving pockets seems to be embedded in our human script. So why do we get so excited about pockets? Is it that they represent the crossroads between style and practicality, the surprise and delight that comes with discovering them, that they are a guaranteed icebreaker?

It might also be that they are a pretty recent and clearly in demand addition to women’s clothing, that has frustratingly, and kind of unsurprisingly, a sexist and political past.

We could talk about this all day, but here’s a very brief history*:

  • In the 17th century both men and women would carry an external pocket that would be tied at the waist. This original fanny-pack could be worn on the inside or outside of your large skirt.
  • In the 19th century things started to change. Men’s clothing included sewn in pockets whereas women’s didn’t. Plus, a slimmer style of skirt, not so conducive to concealing your external pocket was more-so in fashion. Of course, to carry money was also a key reason for having pockets - and it was the men who handled the cash.
  • It’s really only in the past 50 years that pockets have made their way into women’s clothing. And we can thank early adopters of the ‘60s and ‘70s for making them popular (although sadly these women were at times turned away from establishments like restaurants for such scandalous style).

So really, to wear pockets is a bit of a fashion rebellion - yep this must be why we love them so much. In celebration of pockets, here are some of our newest dresses and skirts that will hold all your essentials and then some.

The Winona Edit

Love at first feel, dresses in the Winona Edit have a silky drape that's light-weight, breathable and simply beautiful to wear. These feminine fits feature pockets, and plastic-free natural buttons. Made from wood pulp ecovero fabric and containing all natural materials and designed with circularity in mind, these pieces will not release microplastics when laundered and is finished with natural, plastic-free corozo buttons.

Jasmin Charcoal

Made with beautifully lightweight artisanally hand loomed linen that's a dream to wear in the warmer months but still easy to layer year-round. She's reversible (two dresses in one, yes please), has wide-enough-to-cover-your-bra shoulder straps, and plastic free buttons made with corozo nut.

 

Adria Weekend

Two outfits in one dress, reverse Adria to wear with buttons down the front or a clean-cut center seam. The Adria dress is made to be loose-fitting for easy and comfortable wear. Inspired to make the classic shift dress even better, our design team added pockets for function and practicality. Made with light-weight 100% organic cotton chambray Adria is a staple that will keep you cool in the warmer months.

Charlotte

Our best-seller, easy-wearing denim dress, updated with an optional matching denim belt. Pair with wedges for summer weekend BBQs or layer over a long-sleeve tee for the cooler months. Made with premium stretch denim that hugs and holds in all the right places with reassuring comfort and wear-all-day moveability. Finished with 2 practical patch pockets.

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Jasmin Blessing
Made with beautifully lightweight artisanally hand loomed linen that's a dream to wear in the warmer months but still easy to layer year-round. She's reversible (two dresses in one, yes please), has wide-enough-to-cover-your-bra shoulder straps, and plastic free buttons made with corozo nut.

Grace

Grace by name, grace by nature. This feminine and flattering fit makes for the perfect denim mini. Designed with contemporary details and made with beautifully soft premium stretch fabric for easy all-day wear. Grace is finished with a raw hem and a natural, plant-based dye, with the addition of a sustainable bleach process for a well-loved look.

Penelope

A pencil denim midi skirt featuring a high waist and classic denim detailing, including a contemporary statement side split hem. This figure-skimming silhouette is made from premium comfort stretch denim, designed to hold and support in all the right places, with the perfect amount of give for comfortable all-day wear.

Lily

Lily is the laid-back, everyday dress of dreams. A feminine design made for easy wear and movement, Lily is made with ultra-soft organic GOTS approved cotton and soft-touch lightweight linen.

With her invisible side seam pockets, lightweight lining, and elevating details, including the button-down back panel and gathered skirt waist, Lily will be the dress you come back to time and time again.

Lisa

A flattering A-line shape, designed to beautifully drape and complement your figure. A blend of style and grace, Lisa is made with natural corozo nut buttons, double opening pockets, and a partially elasticised waistband (cleverly hidden by a matching tie belt)

Artisanally made from 100% Linen hand-loomed fabric, giving each individual piece a beautifully unique, raw, and authentic finish that isn’t found in machine-made fabrics.

* Thanks to ABC and National Gallery of Victoria textile and fashions curator Paola Di Trocchio for sharing the history of women’s pockets (and our love for them) https://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-18/history-is-the-reason-dresses-hardly-ever-have-pockets/9057314

 

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