The hours I don’t spend curating sales guides and trend reports for BAZAAR are usually spent exercising—running, dancing, Peloton-ing—and I consider the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale an optimal time for refreshing my gym gear. This year, I’ve already spotted the best activewear deal available during the official preview, in the form of a rare discount on Outdoor Voices’s exercise dress.
The brand’s famed style, a fan-favorite with more than 4,200 reviews and, in my view, the best exercise dress on the market, is included in Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale for the first time this year. The Outdoor Voices exercise dresses on sale are just over 25 percent off, ringing up at $74.90 each. They’re available in a range of summer shades—a Barbie pink, a soft lime, and a versatile taupe—all in sizes XXS through XXL. The dress rarely if ever goes on sale on the label’s own site, let alone at Nordstrom. Adding to this deal’s rarity? It’s the only Outdoor Voices deal listed for the entire Nordstrom Anniversary Sale right now.
Skeptics may assume you can’t break much of a sweat in these dresses. They’re simply incorrect. It is made with a breathable, lightweight performance fabric suited to walking, dancing, roller blading, and yes, running—I’ve crossed a number of 5K finish lines in mine. Liner shorts underneath the dress keep you covered, and include a pocket for stowing your phone or keys.
Of course, you can wear it for more than exercising; it’s also suited to running errands. As Barry’s instructor Taryn Brooks previously told BAZAAR.com, “It’s so easy to throw on with a cool, oversized jacket and instantly feel put together.” Or, you can tie a sweater around your shoulders for that country club aesthetic.
Once you convert to exercising in an exercise dress, you don’t go back—and sometimes, you buy more than one. As one reviewer on Outdoor Voices writes, “I have 4 exercise dresses and still am on the hunt for more! They’ve become a go to for anything from backpacking to theme parks to a cute dinner after work.”
“To say I love this dress is an understatement,” another reviewer agrees. “I own 2 and I wear them at least once a week each. They are so comfortable and lightweight!”
Ready to shop an exercise dress of your own? Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is currently in its Early Access phase, with select cardmembers getting full access to the entire preview catalog now. All cardmembers can score their exercise dresses on July 9; then, any and all shoppers can get theirs on July 15.
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