Is Outdoor Voices’ Athena Dress better than the Exercise Dress

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Do you’ve a summer season uniform? I do! Thanks for asking. Mine is the Exercise Dress from Outdoor Voices. If I might, I might put on it each day, nevertheless it’s additionally case of the entire being higher than the sum of the components. Let me clarify. 

It has a number of options that I are inclined to draw back from: skinny spaghetti straps, built-in shorts, body-skimming spandex, a mid-thigh size! However collectively, they’re excellent. The straps are available in at an angle, like a halter, for a extra flattering impact throughout broad shoulders. The shorts are nice for hopping on a motorbike or working round the metropolis (they’ve a hidden pocket). In addition they make the size doable, as a substitute of age-defying. And the costume stretches for days… comfortable, light-weight, however holding its form by wears and washes, in typical Outdoor Voices style. 

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I really like my Exercise Dresses a lot, I put on them deep into the fall underneath cardigans and with turtlenecks tucked beneath. So, when OV mentioned they had been launching the Athena Dress, I couldn’t get my palms on one quick sufficient.

The Athena Dress is an extension of the model’s Athena Crop, which helps massively when contemplating sizing. Like the cropped tank, the racerback mini costume is constituted of Textured Compression poly-blend cloth — the identical cloth as OV’s unique color-blocked Springs and Dipped 7/8 Leggings. It’s stretchy, sweat-wicking, with that undeniably “made for sport” really feel.


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To my dismay, the Athena doesn’t include built-in shorts (they counsel you add the Warmup 5″ Short), nevertheless it is sensible given the form. Even with all the spandex in the world, the thick racerback straps and excessive neck could be unimaginable to wiggle out of in the toilet.

It’s… very brief. On me, the Athena hits above mid-thigh, whereas for no matter motive, the Exercise Dress skims above the knee in the identical dimension. I’d be completely satisfied to prance round my house or the park on this costume, however I can’t think about sporting it to work or on the subway. Nonetheless, the compression is surprisingly good, including a body-smoothing impact in what in any other case appears to be like like one other little A-line costume.

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I think about with some equipment and huarache sandals or Keds, Athena will make its approach into my summertime rotation. It is available in 4 enjoyable colorways, together with two dual-shade paneled variations. And when issues really feel a little bit extra regular, it will likely be wonderful for heat climate journey — it doesn’t wrinkle after being balled up and tossed on the flooring, as somebody (undoubtedly not me, although) may do.

Do I miss the shorts? Sure. Do I feel light-weight compression cloth is a genius concept? Additionally, sure. Does my favourite summer season costume have stiff competitors? Completely. It is best to get yours earlier than this one sells out.

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