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Workout Dresses to Boost Your Studio Style

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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 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.


Omgirl Croc dress tunicWe 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 dressOmala’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 Quinn dressprAna’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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I think these are super cute, but I had a client come to a reformer class in a dress once- with no shorts or leggings underneath. Needless to say, it made for an interesting class as she tried not to expose herself. For that reason alone I don't wear even the cute skorts in the studio- I wear only clothes that would be appropriate to perform the class in so that the students don't get confused.

March 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

Yikes. Writing this, I hoped it was obvious that these dresses should be worn over something for Pilates...leggings, shorts, yoga pants. Hope that's clear now!

March 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLauren Charlip

I do wear tunic style dresses OVER opaque leggings or other workout pants when teaching equipment. In the warmer months I will also wear the skirts with attached shorts under them to teach in. Both styles are comfortable and I can demonstrate an exercise if necessary. I do not wish to be interpreted as "sexy" when I teach. I do not wear these items for my own workout as the skirts can get caught in the springs and the dress doesn't allow for flowing movement. It can be hard to dress "professionally" when your work is in a studio or gym and I am tired of just wearing hoodies over my tank and pants. On the other hand, I have some cute hoodies! Now, what I would really like to talk about is men who don't wear bike shorts under their workout shorts. How do we handle this? I don't want to embarass anyone and I really don't think the guys are thinking about it.

March 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

As long as a man is wearing underwear, I don't see it as much of a problem (although I do prefer briefs over boxers). I view it the same as women who have no problem bending over wearing a low cut top or roll ups that expose butt cleavage. Based on some of the womens body parts that I have seen over the years, I'll take a man without bike shorts any day.

March 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStacey Redfield

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