In order to be able to dance as freely as it is expected of the dance, you will need to wear loose fitted clothes, and yet maintain high fashion sensibilities. The swing dance style was in rave during the 1920s in America and many European countries, and swayed to the beat of high tempo jazz music of that time.
This dance has not, to this day, lost its charm. So if you are wondering about how to dress for a swing dance, you will need to take a sneak-peek at the popular fashion trends of that era and emulate the style in your next dance lesson.
Women's Swing Dance Fashion
Make sure you buy a skirt or a dress which is free-flowing, really flared out and will reach up till your knees or a little above them. You may replicate the 20s and 40s fashion trend, to make tailored dresses and skirts. Also remember that the fabric must be light and should be able to absorb sweat, as swing dancing is surely going to get you drenched!
Always wear leotards under your dress or skirt, as your dress is bound to be flying all over the place when you are lifted up in the air and swung around, like a rag doll. You may even try wearing baggy trousers, which have been fashionably tailored to fit you.
Wear short-sleeved, stretchable and fashionable blouses, as these will complement the vintage skirt and keep you cool at the same time. You really need to use your entire body while swing dancing, which is why it would be advised that you wear a blouse that allows you to move your hands and waist comfortably.
It is best to wear sandals with a slight heel, as it gives you a greater grip, especially while landing back on your feet. Secondly, pointed heels can cause injuries to you, your dancing partner as well as other people dancing near you.
Avoid wearing any sort of hanging jewelry such as necklaces, earrings, bracelets etc. Even though jewelry was popular in those days, it was rarely ever worn during a swing dancing session. The reason being that the jewelry could easily get stuck onto the partners or some part of the dress, thereby increasing the risk of accidents and injury.
Men's Swing Dance Fashion
The given suggestions on how to dress for swing dance will help you sail smoothly through your dance lessons. Swing dancing is all about comfort and flexibility, so make it a point to achieve just that.