Athleisure Wear

14 Effortless Exercise Dresses for Every Budget

Photo: Outdoor Voices / Nike / W+G Creative
Ever since Outdoor Voices dropped The Exercise Dress a few years back, the silhouette has dominated athleisure. Sports dresses were no longer just for golf and tennis players—they became 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, says Amber Anderson, a certified personal trainer in Chicago. "I love a good exercise dress," she says. "They are cute and comfortable, and they have built-in support—and most importantly, pockets."

While the OG OV version is rightfully iconic, it's not the only exercise dress out there. Girlfriend Collective just released its version, and other brands like Columbia and Nike have stepped up their exercise dress game.

From V-necks to cross-backs, exercise dresses come in tons of different styles. Below, you'll find nine exercise dresses in different cuts and price points to help you find the best fit for you and your wallet.

14 best exercise dresses for every budget

Outdoor Voices Athena Dress — $88.00

Inspired by its Athena Crop, Outdoor Voices just dropped its second exercise dress. It’s unlined, allowing you to wear it as-is or layered. In some ways, with a higher neckline, it feels a bit more formal than its predecessor—still sporty while passing for something you’d wear whether you’re planning to exercise or not. It also comes in navy, gray, and black.

Jack Smith Golf Tennis Dress — $30.00

Jack Smith’s white V-neck exercise dress comes with detached shorts giving you the option of wearing the dress with or without them. Pockets on the shorts are great for keeping your essentials within reach.

Halara Bloom Tank Back 2-in-1 Dress — $40.00

Equipped with a built-in liner and shorts, this dress features a high neckline with thick straps. The skirt hikes up a bit at the sides, making for a cute and subtle scooped hem. It’s also available in navy.

Columbia Women's PFG Freezer III Dress — $40.00

This lightweight dress is made with sweat-wicking fabric, advanced cooling technology, and UPF 30 sun protection that helps block UVA and UVB rays. It does not come with shorts, allowing you to wear it alone or layer it over shorts of your choosing.

Halara In My Feels Everyday Dress — $50.00

Cross-back straps bring added support while also creating a dainty keyhole. This dress is made with a built-in liner with shorts—so it’s cute as well as functional.

Girlfriend Collective Alpine Lola V-Neck Dress — $88.00

Complete with a scoop neckline and reinforced back straps, this Girlfriend Collective’s Lola Dress is perfect for any casual event. It features built-in shorts with a mesh pocket and has an inside elastic support band at the bust. It’s made from 90 percent recycled plastic bottles and can be returned for recycling at the end of its “life.”

Athleta Match Point Dress — $89.00

This super sporty dress from Athleta features a high neckline, pockets, and a mesh back. Layer it with your favorite bike shorts, depending on what you’re doing.

Nike Bliss Luxe — $90.00

In a sea of A-line exercise dresses. Nike’s Bliss Luxe stands out. It’s fully lined with a built-in bodysuit and constructed with at least 50 percent recycled polyester fibers.

Kranda Racerback Tank Athletic Dress — $31.00

A sleek racerback cut, peek-a-boo back, and sweat-wicking fabric—not to mention the all-important pockets!—make this lightweight dress a winner. Even better? It’s available in a wide ranges of sizes, from XS to 3X.

Athleta Balance Dress — $89.00

Exercise dress… but make it long-sleeved. This soft, cozy dress is breathable enough to wear during a workout, but its sleeves give a little more warmth on cooler autumn days (or, you know, in a freezing, AC-cranked-down-to-69-degrees gym).

Adidas Womens Originals Trefoil Dress — $35.00

The roomy cut of this ribbed dress is just right for basketball, dance cardio, or a day out. Sporty and fun!

Adidas Primeblue Aeroready Marimekko Tennis Y-Dress — $110.00

Marimekko, the Finnish design house famed for its punchy flower prints, does a sweet tone-on-tone for this Adidas tennis dress. But why leave it for the court alone? Its racerback styling works just as well for other mid-impact activities.

Reformation Bella Ecomove Active Dress — $98.00

This minidress has built-in shorts to handle a challenging, legs-in-the-air workout, but its fabric has just enough sheen to make it a little dressed-up. Should you wear it to the gym or to brunch? Why not both?

Sweaty Betty Power Half Zip Workout Dress — $128.00

An investment piece for your workout wardrobe, this statement-making dress is souped up with top-tier fabric (sweat-wicking with four-way stretch!) and a body-skimming fit. Add a discreet back pocket for your cards and keys, plus the built-in shorts, and your gym bag has a new style MVP.

Outdoor Voices The Exercise Dress — $100.00

And of course, we couldn’t end without the dress that changed the game, The Exercise Dress from Outdoor Voices. It’s complete with a built-in shorts liner so you can move freely. The shorts also have a phone pocket. It’s also available in black, white, navy, snow leopard, red, and pink.


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