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Fall-Winter Dancer's Wardrobe Essentials, Ideas & Tips | Beyond the Barre

Dancewear Essentials for Winter

 Top fashion trends and wardrobe essentials for every dancer this fall-winter season!

Tights, leotards, tap shoes, ballet shoes, dance costumes- a dancer's closet is filled with dancewear and uniforms. But did you know that most of these standard clothing items for dancers can also be used as statement fashion pieces? Whether you are a dancer or just a dance fan, there are some brilliant dancewear ideas that you can show off this fall and winter.

Dancewear usually is not at all about fashion. Similar to athletic wear, dancewear focuses more on form than fashion and styles and is specifically designed to move with dancers and ensure maximum comfort.

However, anyone who is looking out to make a fashionable style statement both on and off the dance floor- here are some ideas to create the perfect look and links to grab these beauties.

Femme Fashion with Ballet Skirts

Femme Fashion

Ballerina pink is trending color for this fall and winter. This adorable hue is nearly always in fashion. Try this Capezio Child Pull-on Georgette Skirt in pink color for your child. This beautiful easy-to-wear skirt with rhinestone trim on the pinched belt can be worn as a ballet dress as well as a street fashion wear. You can also look at this elegant and sassy Motionwear Brushed Velvet Floral Skirt for a girl’s night out.

Fall in Love with your Leos- again!

fall in love with

80s fashion was all about being bold, fun and a little outrageous. Bring in the trend alive with bright leotards. "The brighter, the better " is what all the fashion mags out there are screaming out loud. Leotards are no more a retro trend of a bygone era and pick Ballet Rosa Angeles Leotard in bright colors to outshine the winter white. You can go all classy and elegant with this amazing Ballet Rosa "Berenice" Leotard which has a sophisticated lace detailing on sleeves and shoulders and a gorgeous open back. You can team these up layering elements like sweaters and see-through tops.

Rise and Shine in Shiny Sequins

Rise and Shine

Get sequins that match the snowflakes and the twinkle in your eyes. Check out this Mirella Youth Skirted Leotard for your little dancing diva that has a little bit of sequined detailing to add dazzle without being OTT. For those of you who want to go all out and dazzle and shine- the Worship Dance Sequin Cummerbund comes in gold and silver shades. It can be a great accessory to any of your dresses and skirts-Or these golden Body wrappers Energy Team Metallic Shorts- take your pick and set the dance floor on fire or spice up your New Year’s Eve party by layering it with sweaters, leggings or long jackets!

If too much accessorizing is not your style, try this Hair and Body Glitter Spray to add a dash of shimmer to your performance.

Check out on some more tips on how to add bling to your dancewear here.

Layer up

layer up

Highly layered outfits are the latest fall and winter fashion trends on runways. If done correctly with a dancer's keen eye for detail, layering could very well be your style statement both on and off the dance floor. You can layer a leotard under your skirt or colorful tights, add comfy legwarmers with trendy leather boots., for example. This beautiful Sweetheart Long Sleeve Leotard is a perfect way to mix and match with your skirt and an open jacket. The electrifying Leggings by Emily Hsu are a great way to create a well-balanced outfit for dance. You can also take a pick from the full range of warm-ups and knitwear because being warm doesn’t mean you have to throw fashion out of the window.

Don't shy away from the Fun, Bold Patterns, and Style

don't shy

Steely metallics, suede, and leather are the hottest textures and materials for this season as well. Stock up on patterns and add a plain top or bottom for the fashion-forward look. This Sansha “Finlay” Knit Unitard is just perfect to be subtly wacky. Add just a little bit of styling to your solid color tights with these Harmonie Multi-Strip Legwarmers to stay a la mode!

Work on your Studio to Street-Wear Look

work on your studio

This is the season for work as well as fun, and office parties, after work dinners are the norm for every hard-working professional. Therefore, make your dancewear work extra hard by doubling it up as workwear. Leotards, leggings, onesies, crop tops- show off your dance moves at the parties with something you have always been most comfortable dancing in- your dancewear!

Make Full use of your Leotards

make full use of

Body-hugging leotards are a great background to go with many of your formal outfits. Versatile leotards can be used to create a polished office look with a circle skirt, and if you want to glam up a little, try it with a Tutu Skirt. This Capezio Romantic Tutu-Adult can help you create the right look. Available in so many different hues, pick one and create the proper office- to dance floor look with the right accessories.

Love your Laces

love your laces

Delicate and dainty, laces are forever in fashion, and they are a rage right now. Ainsliewear Samantha Leotard with royal lace detailing is a stunning leotard in a unique shade of grey for a dancer. For those looking for darker shades, the Sabrina boat neck with Kara Lace bodice is particularly striking with its lovely lining colors that peak out from behind the lace. There are two amazing colors- Black/Coral and Black/Periwinkle. These fantastic pieces look stunning on stage and also go well with a skirt and fashion blazer if you wish to create a night out look. Add a pair of tights to keep you warm in the colder months.

Get all Sporty and Active

get all sporty

Forget the lace and ruffles. Moxie Gaynor Minden Leotard is seriously sporty! Racer cut armholes accentuate front and back (gym-speak for shoulder muscles). Mock-turtleneck unzips into an amazing V-neck. Minimal, unobtrusive front zipper and a self-material shelf bra that securely supports your most athletic moves. Contrast piping, and inside collar in four combos, this one is surely a keeper for the gym as well as a relaxed weekend of running errands.

7 Winter Must-buys for any Dancer

Whether you’re a seasoned dancer or just a beginner, if you love all things dance, there are a few timeless fashion essentials that have to have a place in your wardrobe and your dance bag. Ballet dancers, take a look at the blog “ wardrobe of a ballet dancer” for styling tips!

  1. Knitted Shrugs – They look cool, are not bulky like jackets, keep you warm and go with almost about everything. Check this one out

    knotted shrigs

  2. Sheer Tights- Nude and black sheers are a staple, they accentuate your leg line and go well with any costume. Buy a few pairs here.

    sheer tights

  3. Shorts- Ballet, contemporary, hip-hop or any other form- booty shorts are versatile and help you create multiple looks with leotards, t-shirts, tank tops, etc. Include a pair of leggings underneath in cold weather, but shorts are a must-have.

    shorts

  4. Sneakers- Specially crafted dance sneakers can take you places, and these sneakers are an excellent way to bring style to your dance footwear collection. Comfortable, stylish and yet fashionable, take your pick to glide through the dance floor!

    sneakers

  5. Legwarmers- Tall or petite, every dancer needs a perfect pair or two of leg warmers! Check these leg warmers at on1dancewear.com now!

    legwarmers

  6. Jazz Pants- Durable and comfy, they are probably the original yoga pants. Check out the jazz pants designs for boys and men here.

    jazz pants

  7. Character Shoes- with just the right amount of heels, these shoes are a must have for any dancer who wishes to put her best foot forward in ballroom dancing. Here are some of the classic character shoes to invest in!

    character shoes

As a dancer, you have already made peace with the fact that you may have to rush from one activity to another all the time to be able to reach to your dance practice or performance sessions. Your dancewear can double up your everyday wardrobe, as well as help you create some unique style statements that are entirely you. Dressing your technically beautiful, functional dancewear with some polished and fashionable pieces and proper layering up to create the right look while staying warm is the trick. However, be careful and don’t overuse your dancewear as regular outfits and take good care of your dancewear every time you use it!
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Danielle Hernandez has been in the dance industry for over 30 years. She landed her first professional dance job at the age of 11.

Danielle received her acting and musical theater training at the prestigious Musical Theater Works Conservatory, and she graduated from Rutgers University with a major in dance and minor in music.

In addition to training and competing with a dance company in NJ, Danielle also trained at Steps on Broadway, as well as Broadway Dance Center. At the young age of 15, Danielle fell in love with teaching dance and coaching competitive cheer squads and dance teams, bringing them to success with state, regional, and national championship titles

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