It’s hard to miss the workout dresses popular all over TikTok. Comfortable, fun, and fun, it seems to take you from the gym to lunch and beyond. And while dresses in the athletic arena aren’t new – hello Serena Williams! – They now extend beyond the stadium and take us with hiking, running, grocery shopping and more.
Here, we spoke with fitness experts about their top picks for workout dresses.
108 dollars in Alo yoga
The workout dress is stylish and comfortable for any outdoor activity, as it’s breathable and moves with your body, says Sandra Gill Fraina, founder of Hudson Premier Physiotherapy & Sports. “It can be worn for hiking trips, jogging to the grocery store, etc., and is still comfortable and cute,” she says.
$98 at Athleta
While Michelle Levy CEO and Founder Zing! for kidsObsessed with all things Athleta dresses and shorts, this dress tops her list for running, walking, traveling, hiking, and lounging. She says it’s simple, can be dressed up or down, and most of all, practical. Plus, you’ll benefit from their small options if you’re on the shorter side like the Levy. “Most dresses tend to confuse my little frame, and this fits perfectly,” she shares. “You want to feel comfortable, and you won’t feel comfortable if the dress doesn’t fit properly on your frame.” It’s also worth noting that this best-selling product is lightweight, quick-drying, and provides UPF 50+ sun protection.
$70 in Abercrombie and Fitch
Whether you’re walking around town or playing tennis, this super-soft dress with built-in shorts and hidden pockets is a smart investment, says Nikki Gnuzio, personal trainer and founder of Junction Body Works. Comfortable and easy to wear, it is a good choice for people who choose walking as an exercise. However, it may not be quite suitable, for example, for a training camp full of aerobics. “Because it’s a single strap, I don’t recommend any exercise activities that are too strenuous in this, as one side may roll a little,” Gnozzio says. “But for low-impact outdoor activities, this is a great option.”
$89 $44.50 at prana
You’ll love this dress as a little wardrobe update if you’re walking a hot girl this summer. Sabrina Washington says, Yoga Core Power Teacher in Sacramento, California. “It also comes in great colors and patterns, so you can make a fashion statement, it’s cheerful.” Best of all, it has pockets!
$118 at Alo yoga
Elegant style and functional fit are the reason Stephanie Butterfield-Richardson was founded Activate the houseYou keep reaching for this dress on days when you’re planning to work out outdoors. She loves the race back, collar, and front buttons, which she says suit all body shapes. “I love pairing this dress with aloe shorts, tennis shoes, and an oversized button-up shirt, which makes this dress easy for running errands or having a juice after an outdoor activity,” she says.
$98 at free people
According to Sarah Steele, founder of this one-of-a-kind dress, there’s a lot to love Steel SculptV-neckline, criss-cross straps at the back and imitation corset detailing around the waist. It is perfect for all day wear, any day. “I love the way the white colored trail leans heavily on tennis vibes, too,” she says. “Because of the low neckline, I probably wouldn’t wear this for a hard workout, though. Keep this type of lower intensity activity while you’re outside.”
$158 at Addison Bay
When you’re out and about and check out the items on your mission playlist, you should be able to move around with ease. That’s why it’s important to have side pockets in your workout dress panties, says Jillian Schembri, founder and CEO of wear one in. “With pockets, you can store things like headphones, keys, and money on your body while your hands are free,” she says. This Addison Bay pick stays with a square neckline and built-in inner shorts that hide a much-needed pocket.
$95 at Dick sporting goods
Butterfield-Richardson says this bestselling Nike product is her favorite workout dress. As she explains, when she’s running, she wants to feel comfortable and have confidence that nothing will spill. In addition to being made from sustainable materials that help resist sweat, her favorite feature is the shorts with internal pockets. “I can carry the car key or put my phone in the pockets if necessary,” she continues. “Plus, it feels tight and hugs your body, yet feels flexible and breathable.”
$78 at Knicks
When you want to run, Schembri says you want to go for something that’s lightweight with minimal closure. “You want something in a fabric that’s stretchy and light, with the potential to bother you being as skinny as possible,” she says. Regardless of whether you’re on your period or not, you’ll appreciate the hydrating and smooth feel of this Skort from Knix.
$78 at Lululemon
If you’re a long-distance runner and care about clothing that can take you from start to finish, Levi gives you the ultimate stamp of approval: She ran the New York City Marathon in these, so you can prove she’s held up for miles. “The shorts stay low, prevent chafing on my thighs, and have a tie around the waist, so I can adjust the shorts to make sure they fit snugly against my body without adjusting mid-run,” she says.
$118 at Sweaty my house
“The key to wearing a great hiking dress is to make sure your shorts are included,” says Schembri. “The shorts sometimes come separately, and having the built-in feature keeps everything close to the body and provides coverage to the torso inside the garment.”
Steele says the classic Racerback cut is a modern sportswear style, but this Sweaty Betty iteration has outer pockets, a full inner jumpsuit, bra, and shorts with its own small side pocket. Not only are they perfect for stashing snacks while hiking, but the curved seams at the front also look super cute.
$85 at popflex
Made with a buttery-soft, squeezable material that still works and moves with you, Frayna recommends these for your next nature adventure. “This is a good option for hiking because it has pockets for your valuables, is comfortable and will be a glove while still looking good,” she says.
$100 in outdoor sounds
Steele says the one-shouldered look is an outlier (one of the Our favorite places for workout dressesVery cute for a post-lunch hike, and the built-in shorts make them practical too. “This particular piece is a multi-purpose buy—I can see myself wearing it to lunch, coffee with my friends, or happy hour too,” she says.
$99 From $69 at Title ninth
Washington says large pockets are perfect for any dress, but especially for a workout dress. And maybe even more so when hiking. Instead of carrying a backpack, you can use the built-in (and zipped!) pockets of this dress to hold your keys, phone, wallet, hair ties—and maybe even some snacks.
$98 at Reformation
For any outing, Butterfield-Richardson wears a lightweight dress with medium support. “Because the weather can change quickly with altitude while hiking, I prefer a double-layered dress with a racerback to support the chest and built-in shorts,” she says. The best I’ve found that checks all their boxes? The Bella Ecomove Active Dress she says is the perfect blend of comfort, style and flexibility.
$100 in outdoor sounds
Gnozzio says this lightweight dress has adjustable straps, shorts, and built-in pockets, which are always a bonus for your phone or other immediate necessities while on the go. “The length of this dress is not so short as to be uncomfortable when hiking, but not so long as to get in the way as you go up different terrain,” she says. She adds, “It’s also nice that this workout dress comes in a few colors and patterns, so if there are some scenic photo opportunities on your hike, you’ll get dressed up.”
$75 $40.83 at REI
If you’re going on a trip where you’ll be climbing different mountains and battling different terrain, Levi says to choose this lightweight, wrinkle-resistant dress. “You can just wrap it up, pack it up, put it on and go. What strikes me is that the dress is both functional and fashionable at the same time.” It has three front zip pockets so you can store your snack bar and other things on the go, and the drawstring keeps the dress secure when you move.
$138 in Lululemon
Phrayna says this is the go-to dress from Lululemon if you’re going to put your body to the test during a workout. Like the company’s leggings, they’re made of faster-drying and sweat-wicking fabric, yet still breathable. Plus, she’s very supportive of any sport or activity,” she adds.
$138 in Lululemon
Another fan favorite from Lululemon, Levi says that not only is this dress super cute, but it also has strong coverage and other features that make it perfect for high-intensity, sweat-producing activities. “Although it’s designed for tennis, I love it for walking on a hot day, running errands or other things that keep me busy,” she says. “I can trust these materials will stay in place and stay cool, no matter how hot I get. After a good sweat or going out on a hot day, this dress is a winner.”
108 dollars in outdoor sounds
From teaching classes to running errands around a sweltering metropolitan area, Steele says this workout dress has withstood every test it’s taken. “The back cut makes it so unique, and I’ve received a bunch of compliments on the bold color.” Most importantly, the shorts are compressible, and the elasticated bra strap at the back is wide, giving them the support they need for activities where you sweat.
$98 $39.20 in backcountry
When you’re looking for a workout dress that won’t make you feel too hot, Schembri says lightweight materials and/or mesh are key. This helps in the flow of air throughout the garment. This Stoic dress has a high-performance moisture-wicking material and mesh panels that help you resist sweat as well.
$70 in smartwall
Another factor to consider when exercising is how much you sweat. Washington says that certain colors show sweat more than others, so if you know you’ll be sweating a lot during your workout — hey, hot yoga studios! -She says she chooses bold patterns or darker colors like black, charcoal or navy. “Also, consider the material of your clothing. Sweat-resistant materials like polyester and nylon that absorb sweat quickly and help prevent the growth of odor-causing bacteria are ideal,” she says.
$99 at beyond yoga
To start, Gnozzio says the high neck allows for full coverage combined with a supportive built-in bra. “Beyond Yoga has done a great job with the texture of this product as well,” she continues. “The fabric is soft and cooling, allowing for less perspiration from the start and allowing your body room to breathe without being too sticky.” Don’t forget that this fabric also gives you UV protection, which can provide the peace of mind you need when running or sweating outdoors.