8 Best Exercise Dress Picks That Work for Any Occasion

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My exercise dress is making up my entire closet! Check out some other workout dress options.

halara wannabe exercise dress

What makes these dresses so covetable? Practical yet stylish, these exercise dresses are made of breathable material with built-in shorts, two pockets, and adjustable (and comfortable) straps. We first got excited about exercise dresses after seeing this Outdoor Voices option, but we were not excited about the $100 price!

Even better, we have a few workout dress alternatives you’re not going to want to miss that we cannot get enough of.

exercise dress styles four ways

Figuring out how to style an exercise dress?

The beauty of a workout dress is its versatility! As you can see my Hip sidekick Erica rocking four different looks above, an exercise dress serves as a staple that can be dressed up and down; this doesn’t come at the cost of comfort, either. 😍

halara exercise dress outdoor voices dupe

We’ve come up with some of the best exercise dresses you’re going to want to snag, whether you’re hitting the gym or dressing up (seriously, we’ve seen buyers wear these exercise dresses to weddings)!

Here are our top picks for the best (and affordable) exercise dresses:

  1. Best Overall Value – Harlara Everyday Wannabe Activity Dress
  2. Most Budget-Friendly – KINCAN Women’s Sleeveless Exercise Tennis Dress
  3. Best Detailing – OFFLINE By Aerie Dress
  4. Best Fit for Petite and Tall Heights – Abercrombie Traveler Mini Dress
  5. Most Comfortable – HDE Women’s Exercise Workout Dress
  6. Best Color Selection – KuaCua Women’s Workout Dress
  7. Best Functionality – Willit Women’s Exercise Dress
  8. Best Tummy-Control Option – HDE Women’s Exercise Workout Dress

1. My Harlara dress will forever be my favorite dress!

Best overall value.

halara wannabe dress

I own two Halara Activity Dresses, a skirt, and a few tops. Since it became TikTok famous around two years ago, it became popular overnight because it is that amazing! It was all over my “For You” page on TikTok, and it still is. I have nothing but the best things to say about these stylish and comfy dresses.

Halara’s fabric consists of 77% nylon and 23% elastane. Halara dresses also have breathable biker shorts underneath with two pockets! The dress comes in over 20 colors and three styles, including the Wannabe, adjustable straps, and printed designs.

I own the Wannabe in Moss Green and Midnight Adventure Black in a size small (I’m 5’10” for reference). I find the straps to be a little tight after wearing them all day, so, next time I will be purchasing this dress with adjustable straps!

2. KINCAN Women’s Sleeveless Exercise Tennis Dress

Best price.

kincan exercise dress

KINKAN has the least expensive exercise dress out of our roundup, and buyers seem to be pleased with their purchases. The dresses are made of 75% Nylon and 25% Spandex, making them stretchy and breathable. Many reviewers were pleased with how the dress felt.

The material has moisture control, making it breathable and comfortable even during hard workouts. KINCAN offers this dress in 15 colors with a very helpful size guide!

3. OFFLINE by Aerie Exercise Dress

Best detailing.

aerie offline active dress

OFFLINE By Aerie Dress $25 (regularly $54.95)

Reviewers are absolutely raving about this OFFLINE by Aerie dress! Even when working out, reviewers claim the shorts attached underneath the dress don’t ride up, which is a relief!

It’s made of 84% Polyester and 16% Elastane with adjustable straps and a super cute low-cut back! Currently, it’s only available in the color True Black, but we’re hoping they will restock with more! It’s also machine-washable. If you’re eco-friendly, you’ll be happy to know this product is certified sustainable.

4. Abercrombie & Fitch Traveler Mini Dress

Best fit for petite and tall heights.

abercrombie traveler dress

Although the most expensive on our list, this Traveler Mini Dress is by far worth the hype due to its size-inclusive design for both petite and tall heights! The dress has a body made of 89% Polyester and 11% Elastane with a lining made of 80% Nylon and 20% Elastane. Adjustable straps are included for the most perfect fit, and you can choose from 8 current available colors.

As someone who is 5’10”, I jump for joy every time tall heights are available because sometimes I find the cutest clothes that are just too short. However the opposite goes for the petite girls, and I know they feel the same struggle! I’m definitely adding this to my cart!

5. HDE Women’s Exercise Workout Dress

Most comfortable.

hde womens dress

HDE’s Women’s Exercise Dress is another solid choice. Although it’s made of 100% polyester, this workout dress was designed specifically for versatility. Whether you just went on a run or are meeting up with some friends, this dress will be a hit!

The HDE dress comes in 23 colors, and reviewers directly compare this exercise dress to an Outdoor Voices dress alternative.

6. KuaCua Women’s Workout Dress

Best color selection.

kuacua womens workout dress

KuaCua Women’s Workout Dress $29.99 (regularly $32.99)
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Just like Outdoor Voices, KuaCua’s women’s workout dress consists of 75% Nylon and 25% Spandex. It features a built-in romper with two pockets and comes in 32 colors, with some options having adjustable straps. KuaCua offers 100% customer satisfaction and will refund you within a month of your purchase, no questions asked!

We did notice a few reviewers mentioning the straps were of poor quality once washed, and the description does note to hand wash this dress.

7. Willit Women’s Exercise Dress

Best functionality.

willit womens dress

The Willit Women’s exercise dress comes in six colors and is 87% Nylon and 13% Spandex. It’s the most different out of all the other options as this one comes with detachable shorts, unlike the others. However, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing if you don’t always want to wear shorts under your dress or if you want the easiest way to access the bathroom. 😂

8. HDE Women’s Exercise Workout Dress

Best tummy-control option.

woman with walmart exercise dress

HDE Women’s Exercise Workout Dress – $29.99 (regularly $34.99) 

Yes, even Walmart offers incredible exercise dresses! This HDE option comes in 24 colors and patterns. It’s made of moisture-wicking fabric that can keep up with you while you’re on the go. It’s made of tummy-control, slimming material so you’ll feel and look you’re very best! We recommend double-checking the sizing chart for this one to ensure you secure the best fit.

“I am in LOVE with this Halara look-alike dress! It is so cute… I wish I had gotten more colors! It’s like having tummy control leggings… but in an entire dress! I actually do not even need to wear a bra with this dress either, which is never ever the case for me. Everything just fits so perfectly! I love that it is such a practical dress too – you can dress it up or down! I especially love the sport look – so fun!” – Erica

harlara exercise dress in black

The exercise dress craze has now taken over my wardrobe!

I’ve started with two, but since researching all the different exercise dresses that exist, I’m definitely going to need more!

Fall is here, so, while I’m not wearing these when exercising, I pair them with a cute jacket when cooler temperatures emerge. They’re a must-buy no matter the season!

Love this sporty fashion movement, too? Let us know your favorite exercise dress in the comments!

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About the writer:

Kaitlyn has a Bachelor's Degree from St. John's University with 2 years of writing experience for LinkedIn, Celeb Magazine, and other various publications.

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Comments 11

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Great finds! Thanks for the helpful suggestions! 💞🙌

  1. Lisa

    Wonderful timing for this post. I’ve had a Halara dress sitting in my shopping cart for a couple of weeks. I’m grateful for all of the options. Thank you!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Yay! You’re welcome, Lisa! Hope you love it! 💞

  2. minniemae

    Anyone have one of these that has a tummy? I don’t love the Columbia one, too baggy for me, but they halara one looks pretty tight. Doesn’t it suck you in? I don’t want a fupa situation.

  3. Errrr

    This is 100% not an attack/dig. Instead, this is a genuine question. The skirt part of so many of the dresses worn by the Hip2Save staff are noticeably wrinkled. Specifically, the black one in Photo #1, the olive one in Photos #3 and #4, and the light pink one in Photo #5. Are these dresses prone to wrinkling, or were they just not ironed prior to the photos being taken? I like how the dresses look, but I don’t want to bother with them if they are prone to wrinkling. Thank you!

    • Kaitlyn (Hip Sidekick)

      Hi! The dress does not arrive wrinkled; it was wrinkled as a result of being stuffed in a suitcase for hours and not having time to wrinkle it before taking some of these pics. 😆

  4. Errrr

    Also, do you have to take the entire dress off for potty breaks?

    • Kaitlyn (Hip Sidekick)

      Unfortunately, you do for all of them except Willit Women’s Exercise Dress because those shorts are detachable.

  5. angela

    I purchased some cute exercise dresses last year at amazon..they are listed as a “tennis dress” they have included separate shorts so you do not need to take the whole thing off for a potty break 🙂 They are $21.24 now in most sizes. The pink rainbow one is marked down in size small for $16.14. I love them for walking, biking, gardening or by the pool or lounging. Here’s the link at amazon….https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0912T8F26/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&th=1&psc=1

    • Alli (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks so much for the suggestion, angela! That dress sounds super easy to wear 😍

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