So… I Think I Need an Exercise Dress

When I first got word that Outdoor Voices was launching its new trio of Exercise Dresses, I was frankly shocked by how excited I was—mainly because just a couple of years ago, I was a staunch proponent of exclusively wearing threadbare leggings and my rattiest T-shirt to the gym. My, how things have changed: I now not only understand the appeal of a kick-ass matching set and even the occasional workout onesie, but I also willingly wear these things in public, beyond the walls of my local fitness studio. We reside in an era where the line between perennially cool streetwear and activewear is irreversibly blurred, and honestly, it's pretty great. It's fun.

But I digress. Quite frankly, one of the things that excite me most about OV's new dresses is precisely the way that the brand chose to style them: with chunky socks and dad sneakers, in a glorious '80s commuter callback. I can see myself wearing one straight from a morning hike to the farmers market to, just maybe, the bar at night. Three cheers for versatility.

A few other brands are getting in on the trend, too. Shop some of the exercise dresses we've been eyeing below.

Made from lightweight, sweat-wicking fabric, OV's dress also contains a leotard liner—so feel free to engage in endless cartwheels. 

Available in sizes XS to XL.

My esteemed tennis career ended at age 4, but the preppy aesthetic remains as classic as ever. 

Available in sizes XS to L.

Wear this cozy piece to yoga class, and then slip off your leggings, throw on some slides, and head to the farmers market.

Available in sizes XS to XL.

The LBD gets the activewear treatment. Don't let those chic lines fool you—this dress is so comfortable, you'll want to wear it to bed… and then to work the next day. 

Available in sizes XS to L.

Next up: A The/Thirty editor tries out the best high-waisted leggings on the market.


This article is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to be used in the place of advice of your physician or other medical professionals. You should always consult with your doctor or healthcare provider first with any health-related questions.

Victoria Hoff