How to dress for figure skating
Dressing properly helps figure skaters
perform better. It is important to look nice and neat when your child
steps into the rink for skating practice. Form fitting clothes that
stretch are best because they will not hinder movement. The instructor
needs to see the skater's body alignment. This allows them to give
proper feedback to the skater to help improve their technique. In
addition, loose clothing could cause injury if something gets caught on
Girls should wear skating dresses and
figure skating tights for practice. It is important
to keep skate
boots clean and polished so boot covers or over-the-boot tights are used
to protect the boot’s finish.
Plain color gloves or mittens are also recommended. Girl's skates
should be white or tan. It is important that you tie back your
daughter's hair away from her face. A ponytail, braid or bun is highly
recommended. You do not want your daughter distracted by her hair when
she does spins and jumps.
Boys should wear figure skating pants
and a neat, plain-colored, shirt. A
nice sweater can be
worn for practice to keep warm.
Plain color gloves or mittens
are also recommended. Boys
skating boots should be black. Most boys' hair is short enough that
little has to be done to change their hair for figure skating. A good
rule of thumb is to cut a boy's hair often, especially before figure
competitions. Most figure
skating judges like short hair.
How to dress for figure skating
wear a beautiful skating dress that is beautiful and that makes your child shine
Boots should be polished or over-the-boot tights can
be worn. Make sure tights are beige and are new. Your
daughter's hair should be put up or pulled back and
curled. Decorative ribbons or clips can be worn, and hair can be
sprayed. If your coach allows a sweater and gloves for warm-up, make
sure they match your child’s outfit. Wearing make-up is also important
Boys should wear
skating pants and a shirt; the shirt can be decorated especially for
competition. Boots should be polished or over-the-boot tights can be
worn. Boys’ hair should be neat.
Where to purchase figure
Figure skating dresses can range in
cost from about $100- $300 and many people spend more than that
depending upon how much beading is done on the dress. Boys shirts will
cost approximately $100 and pants will run on the average around $90.
find clothing for competitions at local skate shops, or
if you plan to purchase a custom made
then you can often find referrals at your local skating rink. There are
usually two or three known dressmakers who can easily put together a
figure skating outfit that fits well. This will assure you that you are
using a knowledgeable, dependable dressmaker.
skating rink pro shops often sell figure skating outfits and dresses.
The Internet is a
great source where many companies as well as custom dressmakers
The yellow pages in your local telephone directory can provide you with
shops that are devoted to figure skating.
Remember that store bought outfits are usually machine made and may not
fit as well as a custom-made outfit.
If a dress is
advertised as "new" always
make sure the manufacture (paper) hang tags are attached to the
garment. In addition, check the inside label to make sure it is crispy,
white with no break down to it. Avoid dresses with the inside tag
removed or manufacture tag missing. These are signs that the dress has
been worn and/or washed and may not be new.
Purchasing a second hand figure skating dresses...
There is always the
alternative of buying a second hand figure skating dress which will be
half the price of a new one.
The first thing that you want to look for is a dress with a lining.
Lined dresses will not stretch out of shape, are warmer and give more
support. In addition, seamstresses that line their dresses take the time
and materials to make sure the dress is made correctly. If the dress has
crystals make sure they are Swarovski crystals. If sequins are used
make sure they are anchored individually to prevent them from falling
off if you break a thread. Remember buyer beware so be sure to
check for stains, rips, pilling, crooked
sewing, and worn marks. Check for a 4 way stretch not a 2 way stretch
and be sure the seams do not pucker or stick out.
The best places to
find second hand skating dresses are listed below:
Figure skating competitions provide
an opportunity for past skaters to sell figure skating dresses
and new skaters to acquire them. It gives you the opportunity
to try on different
style dresses before making a final selection.
Most people and companies that make custom skating
dresses will normally have several used custom made dresses
available for sale.
Search the internet.
Check bulletin boards at the ice rink.
Talk to other parents.