At Satin Stitches, we just had a conversation with a young lady who is planning on ordering an audition bra-top from our Web Store. She wanted some advice on which style was best for her. She had recently ordered an audition bra-top from a competitor of ours, and found the fit very lacking – especially when she tried to move. As she described, the top pulled up and created ‘under-cleavage’. Nothing caused the bra-top to stay in place, especially when dancing – which seems to be VERY important for an audition bra-top, don’t you agree?Read More
Minnesota High School dance teams may include boys, this next year! ‘Some’ are wringing their hands and not happy, but most of us are wondering ‘what took so long?’ Girls have been able to be on boy’s football and wrestling teams… and the world hasn’t collapsed, so dance on, Minnesota boys!
What is one of my most often mentioned pet peeves when I critique “Dancing with the Stars” costumes? …It is the overuse of “nude” elastic straps on dance costumes.
Why do I dislike “nude” elastic straps? Because, to be frank, they are a lazy way to deal with the physics of creating wearable women’s dance costumes. It shows a lack of well thought-out, strategic designs and, often, they aren’t as “nude” as they should be. Just as mismatched or poorly crafted straps can destroy the look of a classy costume, straps made of thin elastic strips that supposedly “match” the dancer’s skin can have the same negative effect. And the clear plastic elastic isn’t any better, as these straps are extremely shiny, and are very noticeable. They are not ‘invisible’.
Costuming for any type of group: you want everyone proportionally looking the same. Group costuming is easy when all your dancers are very similar in size and shape. It can get trickier when you have a wide range of sizes and shapes. Specific design details, such as an appliqué, or even the lengths of a skirt can be problematic, if you get these details wrong. If all performers have been successfully dressed in correctly proportioned costumes, you will not zero in on any one person, but you will see the group as a whole, no matter the diversity of their sizes or shapes. This is the look you are striving for!
When working with your desired costume professional, an important question to ask: Is this professional proficient with a wide range of sizes? If you have a diverse size range, you need to consider the answer to this question.
I have posted many hundreds of blogs where I have critiqued costumes. Costumes from the TV show “Dancing with the Stars”, costumes from many a Red Carpet and costumes from various dance team competitions. I have always tried to stay positive, but sometimes it would be very educational for EVERYONE, if I called attention to an ugly detail on a costume or if an entire costume had no redeeming qualities. I am always striving for more beautiful costumes in the world. The world would be a better place if no one had to wear ugly costumes!
With audition and pro apparel, as with any type of clothing, you want to consider what your best features are. No matter if you have a ‘perfect figure’ in someone else’s eyes, you may feel like you could look better ‘only if….’ you could slim down your hips, or had a skinnier waist or had longer legs or a bigger bustline etc. etc.
In preparing for your upcoming audition, you have been following an intense exercise workout regiment, you have been eating right, you have been getting plenty of sleep, you have been trying to stay stress free, you have been taking good care of your skin, hair, and nails and so on and so forth.
Your body is as ready as it will ever be. But still, you may look in the mirror and still see your body ‘flaws’. What you now need is the perfect audition outfit to maximize your best features. What should you look for?
Tags: Costume Fit & Size Tips
I’ve done articles that deal with inappropriate costumes for children in the past. I will be discussing the other end of the spectrum this time:
The other end of the ‘age appropriate costume’ debate, is costuming for mature adult women. Men: generally you luck out with your costuming as you age, as many of your ballroom costumes include looser-fitting trousers, tuxedos and such. Pouring yourself into a tight one-piece catsuit might be problematic, so then you can refer to my upcoming comments about supportive undergarments.
With group costuming, you want everyone to look the same. What is ‘the same’? It is when even though you have a variety of sizes, you want everyone’s costumes to look proportionally the same. Specific design details, such as an applique, or even the lengths of a skirt can be problematic, if you get them wrong. When no attention is paid to proportions, someone (usually the tiniest or largest person) might stick out like a sore thumb. Similar hairstyles, similar makeup and jewelry will help with the illusion. If all performers have successfully been dressed in correctly proportioned costumes, you will not zero in on any one person, but you will see the group as a whole, no matter the diversity of their sizes.
Teams are coming to grips with the new costume regulations that loosened up this last season. Many coaches have been hesitant to make changes, but should feel more confident, now that an entire season has been completed with these costume changes.
The results of these rule changes?
More stock catalog styles may be used – helping with team budgets. And if teams are still creating custom looks, the option of creating costumes without a zipper, because now modest keyholes (less labor intensive than stitching in zippers) are allowed will help with the budget as well.
I have heard lots of discussions on whether to wear a bra or not to wear a bra, with all types of dance costumes. Support is needed for the bustline, so obviously a bra or bust cups/pads need to be incorporated into adult sized costumes, unless the garment is cut so that the dancer can wear their own undergarments without having the straps or any other part of their bra showing.