Choosing the right leotard for dancing in 4 easy steps

Leotards have been around for a long time now and they first appeared in the distant 1886. Leotards are great for dancers, gymnasts, figure skaters and other athletes and if you choose the right one it will feel like a second skin.

leotard On the other hand, choosing the wrong leotard can seriously affect your performance. There are many ways in which a leotard can be a bad fit for you. It can be too big or too small, the fabrics might make you itch and so on. In order to avoid all these problems, take into consideration the following things when shopping for a leotard:

New to class?

If you are now starting dancing or ballet classes it is a good idea to check with your studio or teacher what they allow and don’t allow. In some classes you would be given more freedom and be allowed to wear leotards of various colors. Other classes are stricter and you would be allowed to wear a leotard of only one specific color.

Always check with your teacher first in order to avoid spending money on something you won’t be allowed to wear in class.

The right style

Leotards come in all shapes and sizes and choosing the right style for you can be a little overwhelming. There are long and short sleeved leotards, halter leotards, tank leotards and many other different types suitable for different types of dancing classes. Again it is a good idea to check with your teacher or studio as to what type of leotard you will need.

If you are being given the freedom of choice, it is all about personal preference.

The right fit

Your leotard should fit you perfectly. However, choosing the right size is not always a straightforward process. Knowing your size is not enough because different companies will manufacture different leotards for the same size.

It is important to try your leotard on before buying it to make sure it is not too tight or too loose. Even if it’s the right size, a leotard might not be a good fit for you. If you want to order online, there’s not much you can do but you get to try the leotard from the comfort of your home when you receive it and send it back if doesn’t fit.


One of the most important things when it comes to a leotard is that it should be comfortable. We already talked about the right fit but this is different. You can never really know if a leotard is right for you or not if you don’t test it first.

The dressing room in the store might be a little too small but try and do some moves with the leotard to see if it pulls uncomfortably, if the straps stay in place or not and if it gives you wedgies. If a leotard fits comfortably and it remains comfortable when you move, you’re good to go.

Ordering a leotard online will give you a little advantage. You’ll be able to do all kinds of moves in your home that you otherwise cannot do in the store’s dressing room.

In conclusion, you should not get disappointed if you go through many stores and only find one or two good leotards. It is very important to find the right one and as long as you keep these tips in mind you will have an easier time doing so. If you would like to shop online and be offered a huge variety of leotards, visit Snowflake Designs and choose from their various collections.

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