SPEND $79+ AND GET FREE SHIPPING!*

Our Story

blog_image_1_alt
Our team is comprised of an amazing group of people that absolutely love this project and are dedicated to making The Undress become a reality. We don't just work together, we are close friends and the love we have for each other perme-ates in everything we do.

Dennis and April are highly involved in the endurance sports community of San Diego, being members of different clubs and organizations such as San Diego
Running, Tri Club San Diego and San Diego Bicycle Club to name a few.

The Undress team also volunteers for and organizes many endurance sport-related charity events, in particular The Hammer Festival, which has raised thousands of dollars for charity over the years. Benefi-ciaries include American Liver Founda-tion, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and Challenged Athletes Foundation.

News

The Mom Behind The Undress

It's that special time of year when we take time to appreciate those amazing people who brought us into existence: our moms! I'd like to share with you the influence that my mom had on my life and in the creation of The Undress!

The biggest way my mom contributed to my life was by giving birth to me! My mom had me when she was 20 years old and took care of me and my sister (who was a year older than me) while working from home. My dad traveled a lot for work and my mom took on the amazing role of being a supermom while he was away. I always felt very supported by both of my parents. Despite the fact that my dad traveled so much, I never felt lonely because my mom was always there for us and my dad was very available when he was at home.

That's my older sister (in a Pebbles costume that my mom made), my mom and me in her belly!

Some of my favorite memories with my mom were the fun things we did together. She would read books to us all the time and take us to the library, park, and walks around the neighborhood. My mom not only did all that but also worked from home as a seamstress at the same time. She learned to sew when she was young and became very skilled over time. I was always fascinated by how easy she made it look!

One of our favorite family holidays was Halloween and my mom would make us the most AMAZING costumes. Every single year from the time I was about three years old my mom would sew together some truly incredible creations. Some of my favorite costumes included Catwoman, Tinkerbell, Princess Jasmine and Poison Ivy (anybody else a huge Disney and DC Comics fan out there??)

Some of the awesome costumes my mom created for me and my sister!

I really loved all the costumes my mom made for me. It was so great experiencing the fun of transforming into any character I wanted to be and embracing the joy of being creative and playful.

When I was in middle school my mom started working as the head of the Sample Making Department at a costume company here in San Diego. She and her team were in charge of making all of the hat and costume samples that would go out to buyers and used for trade shows, so not only did my mom have to make some crazy things but she had to learn to make them FAST in order to meet crazy deadlines. Like I mentioned in my last blog post, I actually ended up working with her as my first summer job in high school.

It was really cool witnessing the production process of each costume. It would begin with the sketches created by the in-house designers, who then handed their creations to the pattern makers. From there, the pattern makers would make digital patterns of the design and print them out on large sheets of paper. The patterns, sketches, and technical details of each costume would then be passed along to my mom in a Manila folder. Her job was to use the pattern and information in the folder to create samples of each costume. I remember being so excited to see new folders on her desk in the morning and couldn't wait to see the sketches of the projects she was going to make that day. My job was to help her cut the paper pattern pieces, find the fabric she needed, and then cut the fabric using the patterns as a guide.

My favorite part was seeing the end result after my mom and her team had sewn everything together. It was so awesome to see what had once been nothing more than a drawing and scraps of fabric turn into amazing things like colorful fairy dresses, pirate coats, and harlequin hats.

My 8th grade Pink Witch costume was one of the many creations made at my mom’s work

I learned a lot from my mom from watching her work. My mother, as well as my dad, are the two hardest working people I know. My mom would stay at work until 8 or 9 o’clock at night just to finish a project. If a problem ever came up, she would keep working on it until she found a solution. I learned the importance of being resourceful, hardworking, and never giving up when a challenge comes your way. I also learned that I enjoyed being around creative people and the experience of seeing something go from idea to reality with the help of a team.

My mom has always been incredibly supportive of both me and my sister, especially when it came to our passions. She has always been willing to go above and beyond to be there for us. I am very grateful that she was open to our aspirations and, despite having occasional concerns, always was there to help us in any way possible.

An early sample of The Undress, made by mom

When Dennis first shared his idea of The Undress with me, I thought it was brilliant. I was so excited to help him and told him that I would ask my mom if she would help us make a sample of it to test it out. I'm pretty sure she thought the idea was a bit odd at first, but then again she's made weirder things before. She made the very first Undress on her small plastic sewing machine at home. I couldn't believe how well she could sew on that tiny thing! It's way tougher than it seems, especially since those machines are NOT meant to sew complicated garments. Nonetheless, my mom sewed sample after sample whenever we needed one.

My mom was also there to provide advice and answer any questions I had about making the dress. Her guidance helped me get through a lot of rough patches, especially in the early days of production. Outside of my summer jobs helping her cut patterns and fabric, I had no experience constructing or producing garments. The massive issues we encountered during manufacturing didn't help either. It was a huge undertaking for me and having her support made me feel more at ease. Thankfully I remembered what I learned from her about never giving up–no matter how tough things get! There’s always a way to figure it out or ask for help.

I am so grateful for my mom’s generosity and support. I wouldn't be the woman I am today and The Undress wouldn't be the company it is now without her! I am very happy that she has been, and continues to be, a big part of this journey and I look forward to continuing to make her proud. It's a crazy adventure and it makes such a huge difference to have my mom on my side. Thanks mama! And a huge hug of appreciation to the all the moms out there for all that you do! Happy Mother’s Day!

Me and the very first sample of The Undress in Royal Blue made by my mama :)



It's that special time of year when we take time to appreciate those amazing people who brought us into existence: our moms! I'd like to share with you the influence that my mom had on my life and in the creation of The Undress!

continue reading [+]

PREVIOUS BLOGS

We're Giving Away $500 For April 2016's #TheUndressContest!

Whether you’re using The Undress after races, during travel, backstage during performances, or even at your wedding, we LOVE hearing about your adventures.

That's why we're giving away $500 in gift certificates to lucky winners of #TheUndressContest! Submissions were open from April 16-28 with the following eligibility guidelines:

  • Take a photo with your Undress before, during, or after your adventure. You don’t have to wear the dress, but it should be somewhere in the picture.
  • Tell us how you used it! Include at least one sentence about the activity so we can hear about the fun.
  • Don’t have your Undress yet? You can still enter! Take a photo at your activity and specify in your caption how you would use it if you had it.
  • We’ll be checking Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for your photos! If you want to submit via Facebook, post your photo to our page (not on your profile) so we won’t miss it.
  • We think it goes without saying, but please keep your content safe for work!

Voting is now open from April 29-May 2 -- view all the submissions here! The photos that receive the most likes will be eligible for the following prizes:

  • Grand Prize: A $250 gift certificate to www.theundress.com
  • First Runner Up: A $150 gift certificate
  • Second Runner Up: A $100 gift certificate

You can submit as many photos as you'd like, but you can only win once. 

Got any questions? Let us know at care@theundress.com. We’re excited to see your photos!

 

Whether you’re using The Undress after races, during travel, backstage during performances, or even at your wedding, we LOVE hearing about your adventures.

That's why we're giving away $500 in gift certificates to lucky winners of #TheUndressContest

continue reading [+]

What Are The Undress SPORT's 15 Design Updates?

As a company founded by amazing women and men, we were proud to collaborate with our customers to create The Undress SPORT. Here are the 15 design updates that were made with customer feedback in mind:

  1. New Tech Fabric - Athletic (sweat wicking, antimicrobial), Lifestyle (swimwear type, moisture friendly), and Terry/Towel Fabric Options in multiple colors and sizes. Learn more about the 3 new fabrics here!
  2. Improved Strapping - more comfortable, color matched fabric.
  3. Color Matched Cord Lock.
  4. Labels - More subtle, New Logo.
  5. New "Soft Handle" - More wearable, machine washable, and dryer friendly.
  6. Zippered Side Access Openings - Open and Close as you need them. Lays flat when closed.
  7. Custom Zipper Pulls - Easier to grab during changes.
  8. New Performance Slit - For better mobility.
  9. Fabric Technology - Anti-Microbial, Odor Blocking, and Sweat Wicking performance* (*Athletic Fabric Option Only).
  10. Easy Care - Washer & Dryer Friendly, "Pilling" and Wrinkle Resistant.
  11. Midi Length - Fits most women, and gives you all the coverage you need. Great in wet, sandy, and muddy training conditions.
  12. Updated Style - Modern, technical design and feel.
  13. Performance Fabric Layer - Chest area concealment is better than previous versions when bra-less.
  14. Improved Secret Pocket - Construction Updated, and more secure.
  15. Construction Improvements - Key Points throughout the dress are reinforced / reengineered for strength and durability.
continue reading [+]

The Undress SPORT - Available In 3 New Fabrics!

Looking for more information on The Undress SPORT's 3 new fabrics? You've come to the right place! In this blog post, we'll describe each fabric's unique features and colors from left to right: Athletic, Lifestyle, and Terry!

Remember, all dresses will work in any situation - make your choice based on the features that are most important to you!

The Undress SPORT in Athletic

  • Choose from 2 Colors - Charcoal or Nordic Blue
  • Our "Athletic" fabric is a versatile sweat-wicking, anti-microbial (odor resistant) performance fabric.
  • It's VERY lightweight - it weighs the least of all three, and is perfect for packing light. It's also a sturdy fabric that will hold up well to getting beat up :)
  • Because of its Sweat Wicking technology, this dress will dry really fast - especially in the sun. The heather will also help to camouflage any wet marks.
  • This dress does well before or after running and hiking, or any time you’re out in a hot environment or need to pack light, for example.
  • Stretchiness: 6/10.

The Undress SPORT in Lifestyle

  • Choose from 3 Colors - Starry Multi-Color, Starry Blue or Black.
  • This fabric has the most stretch.
  • We think this fabric looks the most elegant out of the 3.
  • Lifestyle fabrics are still moisture-friendly, but they are not as fast-drying as the Athletic fabrics.
  • This dress does well before or after yoga and studio workouts, or while you’re out and about on the town, for example.
  • Stretchiness: 8/10.

The Undress SPORT in Terry

  • Available in Light Pink.
  • This fabric is smooth outside and features absorbent terry on the inside.
  • Terry has some stretch; it’s also the thickest fabric, so it will give you the most coverage.
  • This dress does well before or after the beach, swimming, in the locker room, post-shower, for example.
  • Stretchiness: 7/10

Remember, when you pre-order The Undress SPORT, you'll save $20 off the final price! View our available dresses and pre-order today! We estimate these dresses will ship to you by July 31, 2016.

continue reading [+]

The Undress Version 2 SPORT Color and Sizing Chart

The Undress Version 2 SPORT Color and Sizing Chart

When choosing your size, please note that your hip measurement is most important. The corresponding waist size may be a bit bigger than normal since we design the dress to be a looser fit in this area. Bust size will have some variability.

Please keep in mind: a tight-fitting dress may make it harder to use The Undress SPORT to change.  And, if you plan to wear it often as a dress and you fit between two sizes, we recommend choosing the larger size.

The Undress Version 2 SPORT Color and Sizing Chart

When choosing your size, please note that your hip measurement is most important. The corresponding waist size may be a bit bigger than normal since we design the dress to be a looser fit in this area. Bust size will have some variability.

Please keep in mind: a tight-fitting dress may make it harder to use The Undress SPORT to change.  And, if you plan to wear it often as a dress and you fit between two sizes, we recommend choosing the larger size.

continue reading [+]

Get Out and into New Places!

Written by Lauri Nemetz, a guest-blogger from The Undress community.

When I was growing up, my family took long vacations involving car trips to different parts of the U.S. sandwiched with a week of wildlife camp in the middle. Along with my brother, I learned to hike, bird-watch, rock climb and even meditate. In between that time and full-on adulthood, I graduated from college, grad school, began working in both movement therapy and yoga as well as studying anatomy, which is a major part of my teaching these days. However, it wasn’t until a family reunion in Canada, when I was already a mother of two, that I learned how to kayak, taking me out of my comfort zone and into a new favorite outdoor activity.

I hadn’t considered myself a natural fit for kayaking. As a kid, I grew up in the Midwest, without a lot of swimming time. Kayaking wasn’t something that even crossed my mind, but after the first time I tried it in Canada, I was hooked. Floating just on top of the water, I had to learn how to relax and be alert at the same time to paddle comfortably. I found comfort in reading the water patterns and learning to spot changes in current or wind direction.

I also found that I could unplug from my outside life, and take in a new view of nature all around me. I combined outdoor yoga and kayaking with a friend’s company, which has brought me on several trips to Canada and Costa Rica, and I continue to work the combo on the Hudson River in NY, where I’m on the water at least once every week during the summer. I’m in constant process of improving my paddling skills while regularly teaching yoga for charity paddles and paddling symposiums.

This time outdoors has reinforced that early desire to get into nature. While I’m in several gym settings and also teach at a university that I love, my favorite way to get in my own exercise will always be outdoors. Whether walking or kayaking, I’m happier if I’m outside. Even headstanding is more fun when you have an interesting view! My boys (now both in high school) love to be in nature as well, and my youngest has recently taken to paddling with me. Connection with nature is a super way to feel great and one that many fans of the Undress already do. However, you might want to expand your horizons and try a different way to see the outdoors. Here are a few of my suggestions:

  • Keep that spare pair of shoes (or even The Undress!) in your car. If they are in my car, I never have an excuse not to take a walk or run if I pass a trail, even when I’m time-crunched.
  • Explore public art outdoors. Free apps allow you to listen to the artists speak. One of my favorites that is currently expanding is Otocast
  • Do you like to hike? Try getting out on a lake or river. Already kayak? Try rock climbing…Switch it up and whatever you do, find a great guide who can get you safely to a new level -- and take some friends along or make new ones! You’ll support local business as well.
  • Find a new trail or blaze your own. Have one you love? Explore it in the opposite direction of your usual pattern and discover new things to see.
  • Re-explore the playground. With or without kids, it’s a great place to hit in the middle of a run or even in the middle of a stressful week. Try the monkey bars or hop on the swing!
  • Challenge yourself with a goal of a race, paddle or other event for charity. It feels great to do something healthy for yourself while benefitting others. I paddle as part of my local Paddle for a Cure (breast and ovarian cancer support), but there are many great organizations out there!

Whatever you do outside, remember these words from Aristotle, “In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.” Enjoy!

-----

About The Author

Lauri (Laurice) Nemetz, MA, BC-DMT, LCAT, ERYT500 is a yoga teacher, anatomy teacher, Anatomy Trains ® faculty, professor at Pace University, movement therapist, artist and a mom to two wonderful teenagers (really!)! She enjoys co-leading yoga/kayak trips in her “free time”. She works with Hudson River Expeditions in NY and with Seascape Kayak Tours in Canada and Costa Rica and teaches yoga and anatomy both locally and internationally. More about Lauri can be found on her website at www.wellnessbridge.com. 

The views & opinions expressed in any guest post featured on our site are those of the guest author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions & views of The Undress, Inc. as a whole. All photos courtesy of Lauri Nemetz, all on the Hudson River in NY.

In this community guest post, Lauri Nemetz encourages you to explore the world outside your door!
continue reading [+]

What Will You Choose For Yourself Today?

Written by Denise Guehlstorff, a guest-blogger from The Undress community.

Every day you face a world full of exciting, surprising, unnerving, life-changing opportunities that can enlighten your mind, change your physique, lighten your spirit, and rekindle or spark new friendships!

Some of these chances may not be obvious right away, but with a simple change of mindset it can be easier to see the mental, physical, emotional, spiritual, or social opportunities for positive change that lie ahead.

Questioning Possibility

If you’re just getting started with a new healthy habit, it may be hard to picture yourself doing things you’ve never done before. But life is not about what you are not allowed to do or what you cannot do -- it is about what you choose to do! Even if your goal seems unattainable at first, the simple act of working toward and aiming for your goal can make a world of difference.  The goal you reach tomorrow begins with small steps of change that you take today.

For example, if you’re just getting started with running and have signed up for your first 5K, as you begin to train you may find yourself thinking: “I will never be able to win the 5K”.

Consider reframing the way you think about this event by focusing on the choice you made to run it in the first place. Keep in mind not only the changes and improvements that you’ll make as you work towards your goal, but the new health and well-being that positive choices can create. It may even help if you chose to add a positive statement about what you now are able to accomplish. For example:

“Right now I can walk a 5K, and soon I will be able to run a 5K. I may not be the winner of the 5K, nor the next one I enter, but I am making a winning choice that will empower me to do something I couldn’t do before.”

You are not restricted by what you are currently unable to do. Rather, you are empowered by what you are able to do.

Reflections & Choices

No matter what your health and wellness goals are, there will always be opportunities for choice, empowerment, and positive thinking. Practice your ability to reflect and make mindful choices every time you come across one of these opportunities!

Remember, YOU can choose to create health and wellness! YOU have the ability to make life renewing choices!  Embrace your own abilities in a positive way!

So …Pause. Think. Reflect. Consider.  Create healthy habits and move away from restrictions.  Embrace the joy of your possibilities.

What will you choose for yourself today?

-----

About The Author

Denise Guehlstorff is a Clinical Exercise Physiologist and Cardiac Rehabilitation Coordinator at Good Shepard Medical Center in Marshall, Texas and a member of The Undress community. Her heart’s joy is her husband of 32 years, 2 daughters and 2 sons-in-laws and 4 grandchildren. Denise's current projects include healthy eating grocery store tours for her local community, ballet fitness classes, and helping with national cardiac rehab program certification review. 

The views & opinions expressed in any guest post featured on our site are those of the guest author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions & views of The Undress, Inc. as a whole.

In this community guest post, Denise Guehlstorff writes: "Embrace the joy of your possibilities. What will you choose for yourself today?"
continue reading [+]