Dance Costume Fashion Tips For Cheerleaders

With a little care and attention to detail a cheerleader can have a costume that is both functional and looks good.

Cheerleading is not a sport for gaining popularity or simply for performing in front of an audience. Cheerleading should be taken as serious as any sport and cheerleaders can consider themselves athletes. The costumes, just like any uniform, should be chosen based on safety, function, and durability. An improper costume can cause a cheerleader to be unsuccessful or even cause injuries. There are some tips that should be followed when choosing a dance costume for cheerleaders. These tips are not merely suggestions but are regulations set by many cheerleading organizations and schools.

Wear clothes that fit: an over-sized shirt or pair of pants makes it hard to see the dance moves and will generally look sloppy. Also, an over-sized shirt can be a safety hazard, as can a skirt longer than knee-length. However, make sure the costume is not too tight or short, nothing is worse than watching someone tug at clothing in the middle of a cheer or to have their clothes split open during a straining move. Polo shirts or shell tops with tennis or netball skirts are the easiest to obtain and have the best look.

Be neat and well presented: this could earn a cheerleader points for appearance in a competition. Wear tops tucked into skirts or shorts rather than hanging out loose.



Keep in mind the activity: costumes should be appropriate to the activity in terms of safety requirements and being of wholesome image appearance. Often the guidelines of what is acceptable to wear in school also apply to cheerleading costumes.

Uniformity and attention to detail: clothing should fit well and look freshly pressed. A well-groomed appearance is a key factor at all times. Special care in matching colors between garment items is also essential. Green is perhaps the hardest color to find consistent shades in and having outfits being slightly off can take away from the general appearance of uniformity and neatness. Pay attention to costume embellishes such as lace or braiding. While they may make a costume look extra-special, too many can detract from the performance of the cheerleaders. They should also be checked regularly to see if they are coming loose from the stitching and if so, then be re-stitched before the next performance.

Select clothing for durability: a dance costume should be made of materials that are suitable for sporting apparel like cotton, polyester or spandex. They should also be able to stand repeated usage and cleaning without losing shape or color.

Shoes are important too: shoes need to be suitable for the activity and performing surface. Every cheerleader should have similar shoes (all white, for example). High heels should be avoided because the heels can break and cause a cheerleader serious injury. Very flat shoes should also be avoided because they offer no shock-resistance for landing after a jump. A shoe with a thick sole and that cannot readily slip off is best. Shoes should be of a proper fitting to the wearer and laces should be properly tied with ends tucked away. Do not forget to clean or whiten shoes as needed.

Always keep in mind safety hazards: Tassels, pockets, tights, loose laces, long skirts and baggy clothing are all safety hazards. Another safety hazard is weather conditions. A cheerleader should always keep in mind the weather in case she needs to cheer in winter or rain conditions. Clothing that is still flexible but weatherproof or warm should be worn. A good outfit for weather is a jogging suit; it is weatherproofed on the outside and lined with flannel for warmth on the inside.

Cheerleading outfits do not need to cost a lot: general outfits can be purchased from most school supply or uniform supply stores. School logos can be transferred or ironed on later and embellishments""such as patches, tassels or braids""can be sewn on later.

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