By Nina Ruggiero
November 29, 2019
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Courtesy of Outdoor Voices

While fashion trends come and go and circle back again, one wardrobe staple has stood the test of time: the little black dress. 

You probably already have one in your closet — and it's likely sophisticated, slimming, and easy to wear with just about anything. But I bet you haven't gone hiking in it. Or running. Or fishing. Or skeet shooting.

The Exercise Dress from Outdoor Voices is not your average LBD. It's breathable, comes with a built-in shorts lining, and has a secret pocket that can hold your phone. It's made to be lived in, whatever that means for you. For me, it means I've worn it on active days in New Zealand and lazy ones in Bali. I've packed it for an outdoorsy adventure in Montana and beach-hopping in Maine. And when it comes to walking my dog in Los Angeles or just running errands, it's the first item I grab from my closet.

Courtesy of Outdoor Voices

To buy: outdoorvoices.com, $75 (originally $100)

I used to think exercise dresses were for tennis courts and country clubs, but now I want one in every color. I'm not alone — the dress has a five-star rating on Outdoor Voices' site, where hundreds of reviewers rave about how comfortable and confident it makes them feel.

And while OV is better known for being trendy than budget-friendly, it's having a 25% off sale site-wide for Black Friday. That means this $100 dress is just $75 for a limited time. 

Besides black, it also comes in red, green, navy, orange, and brown, and in floral and polka dot prints. The leopard is sold out, but I'll be watching. 

So, go ahead and invest in a different kind of LBD — one that not only makes you feel ready to take on the day, but that's ready to take it on with you. It'll be the one thing you'll never regret packing.

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