By Lauren Charlip
The spring 2010 fitness-wear lines are coming in, and we’ve noticed that several companies are showing workout dresses. We’ve always admired women who take their workout get-ups beyond the mere T-shirt or tank top, who go for a real “look.” Now, it seems, fitness brands are making that easier for all of us. In fact, a few companies are taking styles that were successful as tops and adding some extra length, which allows for forgiving coverage of the hips, thighs and behind. And of course, these dresses pair well with leggings for studio-to-street style—great for anyone who spends the bulk of their time in workout gear.
Here are a few of our favorites:
Zobha’s Grace V dress is new for the label’s spring line, inspired by the company’s successful Grace V tank. It’s reworked V neckline is like a fakeout halter—you get the sexy shoulder-baring shape in front, but with full coverage in the back and a built-in bra. It’s a great way to (literally) dress up your workout. It comes in a black/graphite combo for a more classic look, and an intense bright purple if you’re in need of a color pop for spring.
We liked these two dress-tunics from Omgirl that we found on lucy.com for their simple, casual style. The resort dress tunic and croc print dress tunic are well-cut T-shirts—not too tight or too loose—with an edgy riff over the hips that’s not too skirt-like. We’d wear them around town over leggings any day.
Omala’s Daphne Crew Dress is made of an eco-friendly bamboo blend, with spandex for stretch and a neckline high enough to prevent unwanted cleavage-baring. The Daphne is all about the cut, which is flattering and asymmetrical with forgiving ruching on one side.
prAna’s Quinn dress is another one that’s inspired by a popular design, the Quinn top, featuring a strappy rounded, gathered neckline in front and racer-back behind, with a built-in bra. The Quinn is feminine and sexy and comes in five different recycled fabric options, in prints that call to mind a summery sundress.
Do you or would you wear a dress in the studio? Share in the comments section below!
Lauren Charlip is managing editor of Pilates-Pro.com.
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