Trendy Exercise Dress Picks That Work for Any Occasion

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My exercise dress is making up my entire closet!

halara wannabe exercise dress

Now that we’re on the exercise dress trend, we can’t live without them!

Whether you’re constantly on the go or enjoying a workout, exercise dresses are all the rage! While the top contender, aka Outdoor Voices, is close to $100, we discovered a few exercise dress alternatives you’re not going to want to miss.

outdoor voices 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. The brand-name versions are made of 85% Nylon and 15% Spandex, but we’ve found many great alternatives with spot-on features!

halara exercise dress outdoor voices dupe

Everything about this exercise dress is pretty except the price tag. No matter how cute it is, $100 for athletic clothing is a hefty cost to consider! For this reason, 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 Everyday Cloudful 2-in-1 Flare Activity Dress-Wannabe
  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 Traveler Mini Dress
  5. Best QualityWomen’s PFG Freezer III Dress
  6. Most Comfortable HDE Women’s Exercise Workout Dress
  7. Best Color Selection KuaCua Women’s Workout Dress

1. Everyday Cloudful 2-in-1 Flare Activity Dress-Wannabe

Best overall value.

halara wannabe dress

Halara Everyday Cloudful® 2-in-1 Flare Activity Dress-Wannabe $39.95 (regularly $49.95)
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Final cost just $31.96!

I own two Halara Activity Dresses, and, since it’s TikTok famous, it became popular overnight because it is that amazing! It was all over my “For You” page on TikTok, and 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

Women’s Sleeveless Exercise Tennis Dress $29.99
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Final cost just $25.49!

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 $41.21 (regularly $54.95)
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Final cost just $37.09!

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.

traveler mini exercise dress Abercrombie and fitch

Abercrombie & Fitch Traveler Mini Dress $70
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Final cost just $59.50 shipped!

Although the most expensive of 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. Although the opposite goes for the petite girls, and I know they feel the same struggle! I’m definitely adding this to my cart!


5. Columbia Women’s PFG Freezer III Dress

Best quality.

columbia pfg freezer outdoor voices dupe dress

Columbia Women’s PFG Freezer™ III Dress as low as $19.98 (regularly $50)
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Leave it to Columbia to create an active dress that uses both advanced cooling technology and UPF 50 sun protection known as Omni-Freeze and Omni-Shade, respectively, keeping you cool and safe from the sun’s rays! This dress is made of 92% Polyester and 8% Elastane Jersey and comes in around eighteen colors.

This dress is definitely designed for more casual use than the other options. However, many reviewers love using it for hiking, tennis, and fishing, in addition to just relaxing!


6. HDE Women’s Exercise Workout Dress

Most comfortable.

hde womens dress

HDE Women’s Exercise Workout Dress $34.99 (regularly $69.99)
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Final cost just $31.49!

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.


7. KuaCua Women’s Workout Dress

Best color selection.

kuacua womens workout dress

KuaCua Women’s Workout Dress $23.83+ (regularly $32.99)

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.


8. 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. 😂


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 #9 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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