I Love the Outdoor Voices Exercise Dress So Much It's Replaced My Workout Leggings
The best-selling dress with hundreds of positive reviews is now available in new color-ways—and you're going to want one of each.
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When Outdoor Voices first launched a workout dress last spring, I was skeptical. Would anyone really ever work out in a dress off the tennis court? TBH, it felt like another fashionable-yet-impractical athleisure trend that would rise and fall as fast as leather leggings did in 2015.
Fast forward to this summer and I can say that I’m a full-blown exercise dress convert–and yes, you really can (and will want to) work out in one. (Outdoor Voices The Exercise Dress, Buy It, $100, outdoorvoices.com)
It’s all thanks to the built-in shorts and sweat-wicking nylon and spandex fabric that make this dress both supportive and incredibly comfortable to wear, even on sweltering summer days. (The dress first launched with built-in underwear, but OV quickly transitioned to a shorts liner based on customer feedback.) I first wore the dress for a full day of sight-seeing and hiking on vacation in Greece in June and couldn't believe how high-performance it was. I've since worn it running errands on muggy, 90-degree New York City days and to yoga class. It's so versatile I even wore it to work on one casual Summer Friday (hey, I work at Shape!) and surprised more than a few people when I told them it was made for working out.
While I've mainly worn the dress for low-impact activities (I find the built-in bra to be supportive enough, but those with larger chest sizes may want to layer a sports bra underneath), many reviewers claim the dress has become their new go-to for running. This is made even easier thanks to the large pocket built into the shorts that allows you to head out of the house with your phone, keys, and credit card, without having to shove anything into your sweaty sports bra. (Related: 10 Cute Workout Leggings with Pockets You Can Actually Use)
While I usually work out in leggings (even in the warm months), I haven't wanted to reach for a pair all summer long—this dress is *that* good. I now fully understand why it's the brand's number one bestseller—it’s also their highest-rated, most requested, and most reviewed style. (Many reviewers say they've since bought multiple Exercise Dresses so they're never without a clean one.) As others can attest, it’s comfortable, flattering, supportive, and incredibly easy to wear. Wearing one also pretty much guarantees compliments. (Related: Breathable Workout Clothes and Gear to Help You Stay Cool and Dry)
The dress relaunched last week with three new color-ways—giving you seven options to choose from in total, including fun polka dot and floral prints and basic solids like black and evergreen. Since the launch, it's been selling out fast, so if you're on the fence just trust me—you really need this.
Outdoor Voices The Exercise Dress, Buy It, $100, outdoorvoices.com