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We Can't Stop Wearing Exercise Dresses
Ever since Outdoor Voices dropped The Exercise Dress ($100) a few years back, exercise dresses have dominated athleisure. Sports dresses are no longer just for club sports like golf and tennis—they're a wardrobe staple for workouts, errands, and everything in between. And for people who want to change their wardrobe from the usual tank-and-leggings kit, exercise dresses offer both style and function. They are cute and comfortable, and they have built-in support—and most importantly, pockets." honestly much faster than picking both a top and a bottom.
While the original OV version is rightfully iconic, it's not the only exercise dress out there. Legacy athletic brands, like Nike and Adidas, have all gotten in on the athletic dress action too, while new players, like Girlfriend Collective and Kitty and Vibe, have entered the arena, too.
Best Girlfriend Collective Dupes for lululemon bestsellers. From V-necks to cross-backs, exercise dresses now come in tons of different styles. Below, you'll find a definitive ranking of the best of the best exercise dresses on the market, from everyday wear, to high-impact workouts, and everything in between.
Best exercise dresses, at a glance:
- Best overall: Outdoor Voices Move Free Dress ($108)
- Runner up: Outdoor Voices The Exercise Dress ($100)
- Best under $25: Nicki Workout Dress 2-in-1 Activity Dress ($24)
- Best on Amazon: KuaCua Women's Workout Dress ($33)
- Most sustainable: Girlfriend Collective Paloma Racerback Dress ($88)
- Best for everyday wear: MWL Flex Fitness Dress ($88)
- Best for tennis: Athleta Ace Tennis Dress ($88)
- Best for running: Lululemon Nulux Running Dress ($138)
- Best for hiking: Stoic Desert Dress ($68)
- Most minimalist: Reformation Amy Ecomove Active Dress ($98)
- Sneakiest exercise dress: Ava Racerback Workout Dress ($15)
The 10 Best Exercise Dresses For Every Need & Budget.
Great for: Pretty much anything.
Colors: Navy, green, and hot pink
Inspired by its Move Free Tank, Outdoor Voices just dropped a dress version that’s just as supportive and comfortable to wear. It features a full shelf bra with removable padding, giving you an extra boost of support in medium to high-intensity workouts. There are adjustable straps, a built-in shorts liner (with pockets!), and rubber grippers on the shorts to help you stay in place. Just note, it runs a tad bit smaller than the original dress—many reviews suggest going a size up. But otherwise, it’s pretty much perfect.
What reviews say: “It’s like a new and improved exercise dress! I love the extra support that the built-in bra provides, although it is on the snugger side so larger chests may need to size up! The material is similar to the circle back dress and is a little more substantial than the exercise dress so it feels more durable but just as soft. I love the side pockets too!” — Outdoor Voices customer.
Great for: Low-impact workouts, running errands, and hanging out.
Colors: 16 different colors and patterns
Our Runner Up is the dress that changed the game for everyone: the original, beloved Exercise Dress from Outdoor Voices. Since debuting a few years back, the Exercise Dress has evolved with some much needed improvements, including adjustable straps and built-in shorts over a brief liner. What’s stayed the same is the barely-there fabric that feels easy breezy on hot, summer days. While its lightness is largely a plus, it is a bit thin for those who prefer thicker more compressive material. We love it for casual workouts over HIIT-sessions or intense cardio workouts where something more supportive might be better. Otherwise, it’s a damn good option.
What reviews say: “I’m converted… I knew they had to be good but I get it. It passed a sweaty day at Disney and now I am an exercise dress girly. The sweat dried and left no marks and the pocket on the shorts made it so convenient to pull my phone in and out for pictures or sending a text. It was so comfy for a full day of FL heat and I still looked cute. 10/10 for me!” — Outdoor Voices customer.
Best Under $25
Great for: Low to high impact activities, hanging out, and running errands.
Colors: 12 (!) different colors
Gymdeity jumped on the exercise dress train, quickly winning over shoppers with its Girlfriend Collective dress dupe for a fraction of the price. Probably the best one under $25. It’s made from soft buttery fabric which is just as soft as it sounds. There’s cross-back straps, built-in shorts, pockets, and a built-in bra with removable padding, meaning it has almost all the bells and whistles of other pricier versions.
This dress is simple. So simple. As for the design, it’s your quintessential mini active dress complete with four-way stretchy fabric, a compressive silhouette, and built-in shorts. But the style is a bit more minimalist than other, technical dresses.
Pros: This workout dress is simple. Feature soft buttery fabric, a built-in bra and shorts with pockets.
Cons: it’s not perfect. It’s also missing some of those small details, like adjustable straps (so you don’t stretch them out) or the grippers so your shorts don’t ride up. But for $24.95, it’s a great buy on a budget.
What reviews say: “This dress exceeded my expectations in every way. It’s so comfy, flattering, and I feel like I can do anything in it. I guarantee I will be wearing this, and the second one I just ordered” gymdeity customer.
Best on Amazon
Great for: Anyone who wants the convenience of a dress on a budget.
Colors: 27 different colors and patterns
Want an exercise dress that’ll show up in two days? Or that can be delivered to your doorstep in hours, depending on where you live? This one from Amazon is made for you. Expect all the makings of a solid active dress, like lightweight performance fabric, built-in bodysuit, sports-friendly design, all for just $33. Judging from the 1,600 different reviews, there’s a reason it’s so beloved.
It does have its downsides, though. It’s $33, after all, so if you’re looking for a high-tech, ultra-compressive exercise dress you can put through the ringer, this probably isn’t it. Some reviews also complain the sizing is off, running much smaller and shorter than expected. Others say it, “felt cheap,” specifically in the straps, which are key for support. Do your research before you buy, but if buying from Amazon is a must, this is your best bet.
What reviews say: “This is a really nice athleisure dress! I wish it would’ve worked out for me but it’s just too short… Very well-made!” — Amazon customer.
Great for: Earth-conscious shoppers who want a wide range of sizes and colors.
Colors: Four essential colors (brown, black, navy, green) and four seasonal colors
Girlfriend Collective was quick to get in on the exercise dress action, too, and we’re so glad they did. The Paloma Racerback has quickly become one of our all-time favorite dresses for its sports-friendly details, inclusive sizing, and eco-conscious design. It’s probably the most inclusive dress on this list, ranging from XXS through 6XL, meaning there is something for everyone. It’s the most Earth-friendly, too, made from 79 percent recycled water bottles and recyclable through the brand’s circular fashion program.
What we’d change? Not much. Compared to other dresses, it’s a bit heavier, meaning it’s also more supportive and compressive. But overall, it’s an A+ pick.
Best for everyday wear
Great for: Iced coffee runs, strolls around the block, dinner with friends.
Colors: Black, white, green, orange, and light blue
Slip into this high-neck dress from Madewell and it feels like you’re wearing butter—it’s that soft. Which is why we picked it as the best exercise dress for everyday wear. Whether you’re running to the grocery store or watching Netflix, it’ll keep you cool and comfortable, almost like nothing’s there at all.
Now, would we workout in this dress? Maybe. It’s super stretchy and cozy, yes, but it’s not the most supportive. It’s probably best for low-impact sports, like yoga and barre class, but you might want to opt for something more supportive when running and jumping around. Still, it deserves a space in your closet for its effortlessness alone.
What reviews say: “I’ve had my eye on a dress like this and i am so glad i purchased this one! It’s perfect for running errands or lounging or yes, even some light workouts! it fits true to size and honestly the material is so dreamy and soft and has some nice stretch. I got the black and it is very slimming. love the high neck,” — Madewell customer.
Best for tennis
Great for: Tennis, golf, or pickleball.
Sizes: XS-L, with tall, petite, and regular sizing
Colors: Black, white, and pink
True to its name, the Ace Dress aces exercise dresses, especially on the court. Whether you’re a seasoned tennis player or just learning how to play, it won’t disappoint. That’s because it’s made from a recycled flexible fabric that moves with you while keeping you dry and comfortable. There’s also a back mesh pocket that’s perfect for carrying balls, and a zip-up neck that can add a breeze when you need it.
Only thing is, there are no built-in shorts, which is kind of a bummer. You’ll definitely want to add some spandex underneath or some briefs to keep you covered when things get heated.
What reviews say: “This is a great every day dress for running errands or grabbing lunch. I’m typically a small, but I sized up because I don’t like things too tight. Very comfortable but not lined,” Athleta customer.
Best for running
Great for: Endurance runs, quick jogs, and everything in between.
Leave it to Lululemon to create a near-perfect running dress. Unlike most of the other dresses on this list, the built-in shorts are actually longer than the actual dress, giving you eight inches of added protection from chafing and discomfort on the road or treadmill. But it’s not just those lengthy shorts—the dress itself is easy breezy, lightweight and airy mile after mile. It feels fast, contouring to your body to mitigate any drag.
And the details! There are so many little things that make this your perfect running uniform, like silicone grippers that prevent the shorts from riding up, reflective detailing for safety, and a back zippered pocket for easy storage. Run, don’t walk, to get the Nulux Running Dress.
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Best for hiking
Great for: Hitting the trail.
Colors: Black, green, and purple
Contrary to the other dresses on this list, the Stoic Desert Dress is made from a sporty, windbreaker-y fabric opposed to traditional nylon or recycled poly. This makes it so lightweight—it literally feels like nothing is there—water-resistant (for unforeseen mud puddles) and easy to clean (see: unforeseen mud puddles).
Our favorite parts, though, are the mesh back and side panels and the cinchable waist. Truth be told, it’s a little boxy and less streamlined than the other dresses, so the drawstring waist is a game changer for giving you a fitted, customized silhouette. If you love the dress (you will) it also comes in matching shorts and a skort, so you can complete your desert-ready look.
What reviews say: “It fits so well. Very roomy. Especially with the drawstrings, it defines the waist. I got this in black. Now placing an order for the green one too! I wish it came in a dark forest green or khaki and a burgundy too! Love!!” — Backcountry customer.
Great for: Just about everything.
Colors: Beige and black
This dress is simple. So simple. As for the design, it’s your quintessential mini active dress complete with four-way stretchy fabric, a compressive silhouette, and built-in shorts. But the style is a bit more minimalist than other, technical dresses. The clean, square neckline and thicker tank straps give a bit of a ballerina-y vibe, while the subtle fit-and-flare provides an effortless look, in and out of the studio. The hero is its fabric, though, which is made from a recycled poly blend sourced from plastic water bottles.
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Bonus: Best Exercise Dress Dupes
If you're looking for a trendy exercise dress that work for any occasion this one is it! Even better, the workout dress is actually affordable at just $15
Sneakiest exercise dress
Great for: Brunch, date night, and workouts or wherever you want to be cute but comfortable.
Colors: Desert rose, Black, White and 8 Colorways
Another Gymdeity pick that looks like any other fashionable dress, only it can be worked out in. Like its Everyday Cloudful cousin, it’s super soft and light as a feather, only less compressive and contoured. Instead, it’s a bit looser, perfect for low-impact activities that require a lot of movement, like dance, barre, and yoga. But what we love is how sneaky it is—the detailing makes it look like a stylish dress you picked up for an event, only there are shorts underneath. You can’t beat that.
Cons: It’s missing those shorts! And the sizing is a little minimal. But overall, it’s an excellent choice for those who like to “air” on the side of airy.
What reviews say: “Super cute! I picked this up and was obsessed right away. Wish it had shorts built in because they’re definitely needed, but I have a few pairs of running shorts and they’re obviously perfect to go underneath,” Gymdeity customer.