The 15 best workout clothes to wear on hot girl walks, happy hour, and beyond



Updated: June 14, 2023 | 3:16 pm

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Years ago, the only time you’d wear a workout outfit with built-in shorts would be to a tennis match (hello, Serena Williams!) But these days, people are sporting these ultra-versatile outfits on many occasions.

Whether you’re playing pickleball, going on a hot girl walk, or even meeting friends for brunch, active clothes are starting to take over street style (not to mention TikTok) and you’re not crazy about it!

Fun, sporty and so comfortable it feels like you’re wearing pajamas in public, what’s not to love? Dozens of brands are debuting workout clothes, including the wildly popular Outdoor Voices The Exercise Dress and other great picks from lululemon, Alo Yoga, Spanx, Free People and more.

Put the leggings aside, the workout clothes are here for the taking. Shop our top picks below.

Looking for other athletic essentials? Check out our guides to the best fanny packs and lululemons best selling section We Made Too Much.

Voices outdoors

Arguably the best-known gym outfit, the Outdoor Voices number comes in a variety or colors, adjustable straps, and a built-in shorts liner with two pockets.


If you prefer to wear your shorts under your gym dress (or none at all), this sleeveless lululemon grid textured tennis dress is unlined and offers flexibility to your fit and is available in five colors.



Designed with a built-in smoothing bodysuit, this flattering and versatile dress takes you anywhere, anytime. Available in black and dark grey.

Free People Movement

Free People Movements Hot Shot Mini Dress is a versatile choice crafted in lightweight fabric with oversized patch pockets and built-in shorts.

Halo Yoga

With preppy button up details and a nice collar in a standout dress perfect for tennis and coffee runs, you’ll want this Alo Yoga dress in every color available.

For an affordable gym dress that won’t break the bank, consider this pick from Amazon.


The Traveler Mini Dress from Abercrombies is another great choice that comes in many colors, including this white border, black option.


Don’t sleep on this OFFLINE active dress from Aerie that’s currently on sale for just $52. Designed with a built-in shelf bra, pocketed shorts, and a flirty slit, this one is hard to resist.


The Halara Gym Dress comes in more colors than any other option on this list ranging from red, white, sea green, and more. It also comes with a built-in shelf bra and shorts with pockets.



Reformation is also getting into the workout dress fun! The Farrah branded Ecomove Active Dress comes in two colors and is crafted with a heavyweight stretch knit made with 79% polyester from recycled plastic bottles and 21% spandex for that extra stretch.


Madewells MWL Flex Fitness Dress is also made from recycled materials and designed with four-way stretch, MWL Flex is super soft and breathable. Enjoy a high neck front with a low racerback back, plus built-in biker shorts.


If you want to get in on the active dress trend but don’t want to spend a lot, consider Targets All in Motion Flex Strappy Exercise Dress which comes in a variety of colors and costs just $30.

Halo Yoga

Crafted in the brand’s super soft brushed Alosoft fabric, this dress features a sweetheart neckline with built-in shorts and bra, and adjustable straps for the perfect fit. We love it with a lightweight zip up jacket to hit the pavement.

Voices outdoors

This Outdoor Voices Volleyball Dress is a fit-and-flare style designed to turn heads and keep you in it. Crafted with the brand’s SuperForm fabric (sleek compression, grippy technology, and built-in UPF 50 protection for worry-free support), this style features a supportive yet lightweight feel and a built-in shorts liner with two pockets.

Free People Movement

For an extra sexy gym outfit, look no further than Free People Movements One More Serve Onesie which features fun cutouts and a built-in shelf bra for a supportive feel.

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