We predict that this $69 activewear dress is the next sellout style to fly off Nordstrom shelves

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The Zella Studio Lite Active Raceback Dress is quickly becoming a fan-favourite at Nordstrom.
The Zella Studio Lite Active Raceback Dress is quickly becoming a fan-favourite at Nordstrom.

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Curious about the latest craze taking over the world of activewear? Meet the athletic dress.

First popularized by athleisure brand Outdoor Voices in 2018, many retailers have begun offering their own version of a sporty-chic dress that does it all.

Nordstrom’s in-house activewear label Zella is the latest brand to create their own version of the activewear meets street-ready style, and we’re predicting it’s going to be a sellout style in the weeks to come.

Zella Studio Lite Active Raceback Dress

Studio Lite Active Raceback Dress. Image via Nordstrom.
Studio Lite Active Raceback Dress. Image via Nordstrom.

SHOP IT: Nordstrom, $69

This breathable A-line dress works just as well during a light workout as it does while running errands around town and features a scoop neckline and sporty racerback details.

A built-in shelf bra means that you can easily slip this dress on and go, or pair it with a sports bra for additional support. It also features perforated details along the hemline for an eye-catching and functional breezy feel.

Available in three colours (black, coral and moss green), the dress comes in sizes XS to XL.

‘Best dress ever!’

Though this dress only has a handful of customer reviews so far, it’s already winning over shoppers thanks to its “perfect fit.” One five-star reviewer even called it the “best dress ever.”

“This dress is the most flattering dress I own. The length is a few inches above my knee, not too long,” they wrote. “It is different than any material I own, it does not cling, falls nicely and it seems to be moisture wicking or that it will dry quickly on those hot summer days. Considering purchasing this dress in another colour.”

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“I have broad shoulders and wear a 38D bra...This dress creates a fitted top and a nice a-line skirt and it is very flattering on me. I’m trying to be happy no matter my size, and this dress gives me confidence. Can’t wait to rock it at the beach,” wrote another.

Some shoppers cautioned that this dress does fit slightly narrow through the torso, so if you do have a larger chest you may want to opt for a size up for a more comfortable fit.

“I wanted to like this dress so much and got two sizes but sadly returned both. Nice material and details but cut too narrow in the midsection,” reads one review. “I’m a 34A, small chest and flat stomach but muscular/athletic shape and it unfortunately was too tight. Skirt part was cute and good length (not too short).”

Final verdict

As a comfy and stylish way to incorporate some new activewear into your wardrobe, the Studio Lite Active Raceback Dress is a must-have for the season. This trending style is already winning over Nordstrom shoppers, and has nearly sold out on the Nordstrom Canada website.

If you're considering trying this exercise dress out for yourself, you may want to pick one up before they're gone.

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