I love everything that is Loungewear and Leggings but I'm not the biggest fan of anything when I've torn everything up. Since I prefer the couch to the club every day, the number of clothes in my closet has shrunk to a musty handful over the years. (As a freelance writer, Loungewear is my workwear.) If I have chosen a dress everyday, it must be comfortable, functional, and well made. I also need it to be easy to style. Bonus points, if I can wear it in a number of different environments and for different occasions.
So imagine my excitement when I was looking for my favorite active wear collections this summer to add a bit of loungewear to my look, a huge collection, and came across the Outdoor Voices exercise dress ($ 98, outdoorvoices .com ). I promptly ordered it (and Insta stormed it, duh), while visions of trekking through the city ran through my mind in my comfortable, stylish sleep.
I will say, although it took me several months to build up the courage to actually train in the exercise dress. I was honestly worried about what people might think. The dress has built-in spandex shorts, but the other people in my movement class would probably not know that. Personally, I've never seen anyone who showed up in yoga in a dress so I thought I might take a few glances at first.
Here I learned after wearing the dress for five different types of exercise.
The dress is incredibly comfortable thanks to its stretchy, sweat-wicking fabric and built-in cycling shorts.
As I mentioned earlier, the dress came this summer. As someone who keeps getting hot it was a pretty straightforward decision to push it right out of the package. I was already overdressed that day and totally burned out, preparing for the relief of light summer shifts.
When I put on the dress, I was genuinely surprised at how comfortable it was. The construction is brilliant. The inner layer is a kind of leotard, but with the added benefit of cycling shorts which probably soothed my greatest concern regarding training in an exercise gown: Inner Thigh . Like most women whose thighs touch, scrubbing is an inevitable part of my life in warm weather. Fortunately, the built-in shorts made of moisture-wicking fabric prevented my legs from rubbing against each other and creating irritations that would make training – or just a day-to-day business – uncomfortable. The shorts are also so unremarkable that you can not even tell that there is an extra layer under the dress.
There is also a version without the bike shorts and only a jersey lining, if that's more your style.
Besides, the shorts have a side pocket – and I love a good bag.
I should waste no time poetically walking over the beauty of a comfortable wax place in the pocket – after all, I dedicated several hundred words to the same feature in my favorite pair of Lululemon leggings . But a dress with pockets is particularly exciting. Since clothes almost never have pockets, this garment immediately became a workout routine. A place where I can store my subway card and credit card so I do not have to carry my wallet all day? You could say I was obsessed.
Actually, I loved this dress so much that I wore it uninterruptedly last summer.
It became a staple for me that I wore several times a week. Basically, I always threw it up when it was clean. The Navy number brought in legions of compliments from strangers and friends wondering at their flattering combination of functions. (Same, you guys, the same.)
I kept getting weird looks when I was busy – more than I expected.
I tried to run Indoor Cycling, Yoga Boxing and Barre in the exercise dress. And honestly, everyone was doing quite well. Outdoor Voices is no stranger to the training game, and it shows in the training gown. It was stretchy and breathable, just what I demand of a good pair of work-wear leggings.
What stunned me, however, was how many glances I got. I mean, I thought people might think it was unique. But I live in New York City. In the middle of Times Square plays a cowboy playing a guitar. There is a man who regularly walks along First Avenue in just one string. A tracksuit is not really shocking in comparison.
But during a 3-mile run in my bustling neighborhood of Queens, I would not bet that a single person did not double-strike – It was like having three heads or something. The same applies to yoga and barre. Technically, I had the least confused looks in my class for indoor cycling, but that could only be because the room was dark. It has always been frustrating, not only because I have some body image problems, but also, why would anyone care about what others wear to do sports? When you're concentrating on yourself, it should not matter what the person next to you does – even if you do not choose to.
Working in this dress was ultimately the right Unexpected Learning experience.
When I was stared, it was unpleasant, but also a great reminder to focus only on myself and my own well-being no matter where I train. I would never want to make anyone feel what I felt when people were staring at me. Everyone deserves to dress in all the clothes they choose.
And I bet if all these people knew how comfortable this dress would be, they would be jealous that they did not get along either. Joke on her.
Buy it: Outdoor Training Clothes ($ 98, outdoorvoices.com )