Dancewear has evolved over the past few centuries and is rapidly becoming more functional and fashionable. As styles mesh to create new movements, blending the new with the old, dance fashion also evolves to bring the performance together.
2019 has brought with it a lot of fascinating fashion trends, especially in the world of dance. Here are five dance fashion tips to bring forward into 2020 and beyond.
Accessories are Key
Historically, the focal point of dance fashion has been on the outfit itself. In recent years, professional dancers have been paying more attention to their accessories and pulling the outfit together with a few stunning finishing pieces. If you visit Just for Kix, you’ll see a variety of false eyelashes, Swarovski crystal earrings, straight brimmed caps and more.
The same goes for shoes too. These need to not only be stylish and work perfectly with the main outfit, but they need to comfortable, versatile and durable too. While the clothing will understandably be your main point of focus, make sure not to neglect your dance shoes and choose them with as much consideration as you would anything else.
Dance, in its purest form, is a type of art and expression. The finer details are what bring everything together to paint a bigger picture and create an immersive performance.
The dawn of the millennium revolutionized dance fashion, with key performers embracing the modern world and taking inspiration from technology. Glitz, glitter, and metallics stole the show and boldly announced that the future had arrived.
Fast forward nineteen years and technology is no longer a novelty; it’s a way of life. Modern dancers are starting to take a step back from the futuristic designs that once dominated the stage and reverting to natural, neutral tones. In doing so, they take people away from the fast-paced world in which they live and instill a sense of nostalgia for days gone by.
Dance fashion not only sets the stage for the tone of a performance, but it also accentuates the dancer’s movements. Tassels, ruffles and frills spin when a dancer spins. Chiffon creates a light, airy effect that makes a statement during contemporary routines. Similarly, the neckline can accentuate the natural lines of the dancer’s body.
More dancers are opting for either an exposed back or low back cut, while others are combining it with a deep v-neck. Dramatic cuts create less distraction, putting the focus on the dancer and the way their body moves during a performance.
This generation of dancers aims to be more conscientious of their impact on the world around them. As a result, they’re sourcing eco-friendly fabrics, including bamboo attire and vegan dance shoes. These styles offer the same benefits of mass-produced attire– clean lines and comfort, for example,– but have a positive impact and allow conscientious dancers to support a good cause.
Many eco-friendly fabrics also breathe better than synthetics and contribute to the overall feeling of natural beauty that the neutral tones convey on stage.
In addition to neutrals, jewel tones are replacing the bold neon hues of previous dance trends. These shades pair well with neutrals and still invoke ideas of natural beauty and splendor. These tones also tend to be more complimentary for all body types and skin tones. As body positivity and diversity become more prevalent, it’s important to consider these factors when sourcing dancewear.
Keep these tips in mind when planning your dance fashion choices for the years to come. Focus on neutrals and jewel tones, and balance them with dramatic cuts and bold accessories for an unforgettable performance.