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Dance Leotards: Finding The Perfect Fit

Updated on July 15, 2016

Conquering the Leotard Maze

A staple of any dancer’s wardrobe, leotards come in different shapes, sizes and colors-much like dancers themselves!You might want to keep it simple with a basic tank leotard made from a high quality stretch cotton fabric that will stand the test of time or opt for an eye-catching design featuring delicate lace details or funky mesh inserts.

Whatever your preference, here are some key points for you to consider next time you go leotard shopping:

  • Broad shoulders: Choose a style that will draw attention away from your shoulders, such as a cap sleeve or boat neck model. You can also choose to focus on your waist by adding a belt or a cute skirt! Avoid halter leotards which can make the shoulders appear larger than they actually are.
  • Short arms: Make short arms appear longer by selecting camisole styles. You might also want to consider a pinch front or a lower neckline if those feel comfortable to wear. Avoid tank leotards as well as those with ¾ sleeves.
  • Large Bust: Gone are the days of having to wear a bra under your leo! Most manufacturers now offer leotards with built-in support. You can wear any style of neckline as long as it isn’t too low. Try diverting attention away from your chest and to your legs by opting for a high cut model. Details such as lace sleeves can be a great way to draw all the attention to a different part of your body.
  • Short legs: Opt for a classic high cut leotard to give the illusion of a longer leg. Avoid leotards with a low-cut leg line and biketards.
  • Short torso: To elongate your torso, opt for a style with princess seams and camisole straps.
  • Wider Hips: Strike a perfect balance by drawing attention away from your hips and to your upper body. You may want to try a square or boat neck style or even use color blocking to even things out!

Dancing in Style

It’s extremely important to pick a leotard that suits the dance style you're intending to wear it for. While your style options for ballet class will be more likely to include classic cuts, elegant lace and feminine florals, your choices for jazz, modern and other dance styles are bound to be bolder and more colorful! Don’t forget you can always layer it up before, during and after class by adding a skirt, shorts, pants, a top or a mix of any of these items to create a look that is entirely you!


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