Life Lab: Fitness Solutions -- A Review of "The Undress"

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I practice Yoga on the Road

As a full-time traveler and yoga practitioner, I've long accepted my fitness apparel dilemma: I don't have a gym membership on the road and (due to our tight travel budget) refuse to pay for drop-in visits in each city. 

My current situation? Outdoor workouts.

The Problem?

With weather permitting (and let's face it... why would I travel to a place where weather doesn't permit it?), I often grab my yoga mat and quickly exercise in a park or secluded area. I change my clothes in a bathroom, in the car, or awkwardly by a tree hoping not to get arrested for indecent (awesome) exposure. 

As you can imagine, it is SO difficult to change clothes in public! I am essentially left with the choice of changing in a dirty bathroom (have you ever had your underwear fall on the ground? Wahhhhhh.), paying to get in a gym / studio, or attempting discretion in front of unsuspecting bystanders. 

The Solution: The Undress

When I stumbled upon "The Undress" Kickstarter I was immediately intrigued by this dress-turned-changing-room concept. So I decided to try The Undress 1 for myself. 

How does it work? 

Designed as a long, halter dress, The Undress has unique features including a long, hooked neck strap and easy access slits in the side pockets. The side access pockets are crucial to taking off your pants with class. :-)

My Experience with The Undress:

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The Undress came in very simple packaging (and fast!) accompanied by a note and a mailing invoice. I watched the instructional / info video on TheUndress.com before attempting to figure out its features and possible challenges.

After watching the video, I went outside in average workout clothing (basketball shorts and a t-shirt / sports bra), and tried The Undress for the first time.  

Stepping in is a breeze. The fabric is super soft and stretchy.  

Stepping in is a breeze. The fabric is super soft and stretchy.  

I accidentally stepped into the halter part of the neck so I had to restart and make sure the halter strings were in front of me. 

I accidentally stepped into the halter part of the neck so I had to restart and make sure the halter strings were in front of me. 

There is a plastic hook at the end of the halter strings which is supposed to help weave the string under the shirt and bra (while not losing the string itself!).  

There is a plastic hook at the end of the halter strings which is supposed to help weave the string under the shirt and bra (while not losing the string itself!).  

Once the hook went through the top, I looped the halter over my head and tightened it.  

Once the hook went through the top, I looped the halter over my head and tightened it.  

I then placed my hands in the side access pockets to untie my drawstring and pull down my shorts.  

I then placed my hands in the side access pockets to untie my drawstring and pull down my shorts.  

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The side access slit also has pockets! I wish the pockets had a button, though-- I'd be nervous to actually leave something important in the pocket.  

The side access slit also has pockets! I wish the pockets had a button, though-- I'd be nervous to actually leave something important in the pocket.  

Viola! It was really quick and easy to get the dress on and it looks really pretty. No Photoshopping done on the dress at all. 

Viola! It was really quick and easy to get the dress on and it looks really pretty. No Photoshopping done on the dress at all. 

Additional features: 

I enjoyed being able to thread the halter string and hook it securely at the neckline. There is also the option to hoop through a fabric loop at the bottom of the dress to shorten the length. The array of colors are adorable but the red is definitely a favorite. 

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My Recommendation

I really like The Undress and use it often. I was just in a hostel changing all my clothes with the dress, actually! You can also roll the dress into a ball and tie it closed with the halter string. 

The company is running another Kickstarter for The Undress 2, which is an even newer and more improved version of the dress. Visit their page here to learn more >> 

xx