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Embrace the fashion-meets-function mindset in every part of your life.

Those who are always on the go know the importance of functional garments, and with this summer’s temperatures on track to be the hottest in history, staying cool on a busy day is no easy feat. It’s in these moments that we’re thankful for the innovation we’ve seen in activewear over the past few years.

We’ve long moved past the idea that the category is only for working out, instead choosing to embrace the fashion-meets-function mindset in every part of our lives. Especially when sartorial priorities shift to lighter, breathable pieces, workout dresses come in clutch, with their quick-drying and moisture-wicking fabrics. Handy features like pockets and built-in shorts are often added bonuses when you have a schedule packed with errands, brunches, hikes, hot-girl walks and so on.

Many options have hit the market since the 2018 debut Outdoor Voices’ breakout Exercise Dress. While a solid-colored choice acts as a blank canvas to accessorize, a playful print instantly lifts the mood. Tenniscore is also perennially relevant in the warmer months, and a preppy polo collar or pleated skort makes for easy dressing up — just add a shrunken cardigan and court sneakers. 

Shop some of our favorite workout dresses below.

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Eleven Dress

Eleven by Venus Williams Skater Rib Tennis Dress, $88, available here (sizes XS-XXL)

Outdoor Voices

Outdoor Voices The Exercise Dress, $80, available here (sizes XXS-XXXL)

GC Paloma

Girlfriend Collective Paloma Racerback Dress, $88, available here (sizes XXS-6XL)


Spanx The Get Moving Dress, $128, available here (sizes XS-3X)

Lacoste Bandier

Lacoste x Bandier Half Zip Performance Tennis Dress, $145, available here (sizes 32-44) 

Lorna Jane

Lorna Jane Deuce Retro Tennis Dress, $135 $81, available here (sizes XXS-XXL) 

Full Court Dress

Full Court Sport Perforated Stretch-Jersey Tennis Dress, $50, available here (sizes S-XL)

Vuori Dress

Vuori Topspin Dress, $128, available here (sizes XXS-XXL)

Vitality Dress

Vitality Cloud II Sport Dress, $88, available here (sizes 2XS-4XL)

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Abercrombie & Fitch Traveler Mini Dress, $70, available here (sizes XXS-XXL)

Alo Dress

Alo Charmed Tennis Dress, $118, available here

PE Nation Kenko Dress

PE Nation x Asics Kenko Dress, $125, available here (sizes XXS-XXXL)

Cheyney Dress

Recreational Habits Cheyney One Shoulder Tennis Active Dress, $175, available here (sizes XS-XL)

Reformation Dress

Reformation Farrah Ecomove Active Dress, $98, available here (sizes XS-XL)

Savage X Fenty

Savage X Fenty Xssential Baby Tee Dress, $65, available here (sizes XS-4X)


FP Movement Good Karma Dress Set, $148, available here (sizes XS-XL)

ForeAll Dress

Fore All The Mckell Golf Dress, $220, available here (sizes XS-XXL)

Year of Ours

Year of Ours The Ace Dress, $110, available here (sizes XS-2X)

BeachRiot Dress

BeachRiot Bay Tennis Dress, $128, available here (sizes XS-XL)

Salt and Snow

Salt & Snow The Upside Love Fay Dress, $190, available here (sizes XS-XL)

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