10 Workout Dresses Your Closet is Asking For

It’s pretty much a known fact that you work out about 1,000% times better when you like what you’re wearing. (Just think back to the last time you replaced your ratty college sweats with some fresh gear from your favorite athleisure store.) With summer just starting, it’s the perfect time to update your closet—or gym bag. We’ve searched high and low for the best dresses to work out in, so you can head straight from your fave class to brunch without skipping a beat.

Here are the best workout dresses out there:

The classic tennis dress

There’s almost no sport more synonymous with workout dresses than tennis, so why not channel your inner Serena in this outfit? Moisture-wicking fabric will keep you dry, and a fun teal color will help you stand out while you perfect your backhand.
Buy it now: Women’s Nike Pure Dri-FIT Racerback Tennis Dress, kohls.com, $70

The city dress

Pay homage to your favorite city with this skyscraper inspired design, which gives off an aura of cool whether you’re hitting the gym or heading out to run errands. Side pockets make it easy to tote along your keys without having to carry around extra baggage. In no time, this will be your new favorite outfit.
Buy it now: Nike Women’s Sportswear Rally Skyscraper Printed Dress, dickssportinggoods.com, $37.50

The curve-hugging dress

Show off all the hard work you’ve put in at the gym with this fitted tennis dress. Mesh inserts and a racerback mean you’ll get to flaunt your arms, shoulders and legs in this number. This outfit is basically begging for some bad-ass gym selfies.
Buy it now: Women’s Tail Sanja Racerback Tennis Dress, kohls.com, $89

The after-swim dress

No one wants to throw on something constricting after water activities. Whether you were catching some waves or crushing your friends in a game of beach frisbee, this easy breezy style is perfect to throw on over a swimsuit before grabbing a bite (or some margaritas).
Buy it now: After Waves Dress, lululemon.com, $49

The double duty dress

Who doesn’t love two-in-one products? This beauty does double duty as both a bathing suit and a quick-drying dress. No need to change in between beach volleyball games and diving into the ocean with this item, which also offers bra-sized support to make sure you feel comfortable.
Buy it now: Geo Blousy Tankini Dress, athleta.com, $89

The hoodie dress

You don’t have to stress about battling the elements while trying to look stylish at the same time. This dress boast a hoodie, which means wind and rain are no sweat while you’re out and about.

Buy it now: prAnaAlana Dress, rei.com, $54.73


The graphic dress

We’re mildly obsessed with the graphic print of this dress, which comes in a variety of colors. A v-neck and gathered front make it looks slightly dressier than your standard gym outfit, guaranteeing you’ll fit right in whether you’re exercising or out to lunch.

Buy it now: prAna Shauna Dress, rei.com, $51.73


The everything dress

Available in a variety of prints and styles, Nuu-Muu bills these as an “exercise-and-everything-else” dress. They’re designed to cover pretty much any type of sports bra and are known for their versatility. Wear it to hike, shop, or travel and don’t worry about having to change your outfit all day.

Buy it now: Nuu-Muu Classic, nuu-muu.com, $78


The sundress

Not only does this dress look like it’s made for a tropical vacation, but it will make sure you stay protected from the sun during one, too. It’s rated at UPF 50+, which means reliable sun protection, and also dries quickly post-sweat or post-swim. You’ll be glad you threw this one in your suitcase on your next trip!

Buy it now: Sleeveless Fitness Dress, Bloom Print, llbean.com, $40


The athleisure dress

OK, so perhaps you won’t hit your next spin class in this outfit, but you can certainly buy into the athleisure trend with this tank dress. You can keep people guessing about whether you hit the gym (maybe you did, maybe you didn’t), but there won’t be any doubts about who’s the coolest girl in the room when you put this on.

Buy it now: adidas Trefoil Tank Dress, nordstrom.com, $35


Kelsey Butler is a reporter and editor living in New Jersey. She has written for health and lifestyle publications including Women's Health and Brides. A proud dog mom of one, you can find her skiing or on the bocce court in her spare time.