Pretty and practical or just plain ridiculous? Acne Alp Pocket dress

acne alp pocket dress

We have often heard tell of the war zone that is the daily commute. We are well aware of the military precision arriving at the office on time can require. We’ll even confess to having wished, on occasion, for more accessible, less voluminous carrying apparel in which to store the numerous tickets, passes and swipe cards required to get across the city and into our building. Still, we fear Acne might have taken this analogy just a little too far.

Yes, utility chic has been doing the rounds of late, but this dress can hardly be described as “utility”. Let’s look at the name, for example: can you imagine clambering up the alps in this frock? Pencil skirts are constricting enough when maneuvering around desks and cubicles, but rocky outcrops would prove plain perilous! And, ok, your Swiss army knife would be easily accessible (assuming, of course, that a) you can remember which pocket you popped it into and b) you don’t put it in one of the back pockets – seriously, whose arms bend that way?) but what footwear would you pair it with for crossing such unpredictable, probably snow-capped terrain? Would it be possible, particularly if the pockets were “in use” to even sit down in the thing?

Also – and yes, we could have let this one pass, but where would the fun be? – some of those less strategically positioned pockets… well, they could potentially give a whole new meaning to the term “fun bags”, don’t you think?!

All in all, Acne? We’re really not convinced!

Acne Alp Pocket Dress, €550 from my theresa.


  • September 9, 2010

    Marianne S.

    A cargo dress? Why? It’s awful. And how much worse would it look with pockets bulging with stuff? Like a gray inflatable survival suit or something. Terrible.

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  • September 9, 2010


    Photogs are always short on pockets for filters and other small gadgets. This could potentially cater to that market of street photographers.

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  • September 9, 2010


    I’ve seen a far better version of a cargo dress…I just can’t recall where.

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  • September 10, 2010

    Rock Hyrax

    Might I suggest “Alptraum Pocket Dress”? As in, you’re out and about without having to carry a handbag because you’ve got all your stuff in your handy pocket dress, when you look down and realise the top half has fallen down round your waist…

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