Gymnastics Leotards For Girls
It can sometimes be difficult to find the best dance or gymnastics clothing for you because everyone is different. We review some of the most popular leotards in great detail so that you don’t have to go through the inconvenience of purchasing a garment and finding that it is not right. The last thing you want is a wardrobe malfunction in the middle of a dance rehearsal or gymnastics performance.
We look at aspects such as quality, performance and comfort. These are the thing we feel are most important when selecting a gymnastics leotard.
#1 – Capezio Tank
This won our hearts with its excellent breathable and stretchable material. This along with its strap design which allows for the perfect freedom of movement while keeping you cool.
The sizing for this is also near to perfect with no need to go up or down a size from your usual clothing size. The design and material provides great support for even during the most intense performances but you can also add a additional support if you desire. A bra can be worn with this and it will be completely invisible to everybody else. This is thanks to the thick straps and high back hiding any sign of the extra support.
All in all, this is a great leotard and is excellent value for money.
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#2 – Capezio Classic Short Sleeve
This 90% cotton based garment was particularly comfortable. It’s thick material provides great support and even makes it a good leo to be worn as an extra layer under casual clothes in the winter. An extra inner layer across the chest adds to the already great support and the material feel and stitching quality are great too.
It’s elegant appearance makes it a great choice for dance rehearsals while gymnasts will like the freedom of movement that it allows. If you a looking for an elegant looking and one of the great gymnastics leotards for girls, this is one to look at. There is also a version available for toddlers.
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#3 – Danskin Classic Short Sleeve
This high-tech leotard offers anti-microbial fabric, sweat wicking along with a body-skimming appearance. It’s nice and thick material is mostly nylon with a small amount of spandex which is designed to wick away sweat during those intense performances.
It stays in place and does not ride up. It is very suitable for ballet dancers or other dance types due to it’s elegant appearance and it features a high back. So if additional support is required, a bra can be worn and it wont be visible.
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#4 – Capezio Long Sleeve
This comfortable and breathable garment features a smooth, thick, quick-drying material which gives off a slightly shiny effect. The fabric has excellent stretch-ability which in turn provides excellent support, hence no shelf bra. But one can be worn with it as the back is high enough to hide the straps.
Performance-wise, this leotard does not ride up, not see-through and provides great overall coverage. Again, Capezio is a strong brand which has been creating leotards for girls for a long time and it certainly shows in this piece of clothing.
#5 – Capezio Princess Tank
The soft and comfortable princess tank has a reasonable amount of stretch from it’s thick and strong material. The straps are also thick and very supportive making it a good choice for females with broader shoulders who sometime feel restricted by sleeved or spaghetti straps.
It also features a shelf bra which provides ample support and we found that you can wear it for extended periods and still feel comfortable. The sizing is a little small so for this we recommend ordering a size up from what you would normally purchase.
Choosing The Right Leotard
Getting the correct fit
The most important part of selecting a leotard is the fit. A baggy or loose fitting garment will impede movement and activity and one that is too tight can be painful and distract from a performance. One that is too tight can also reveal more of the body than it’s wearer may like. It’s important to measure the body and then compare these sizes with a size chart to ensure that the best possible fit is attained.
You should measure:
- the widest point of the bust
- the waist
- largest part of the hips
- the torso
The torso is the trickiest, as this involves starting the measurement at the centre of one shoulder, measuring downwards around the crotch, up the back and back over to the starting point.
Choosing the best cut
Appropriateness and comfort are the deciding factors when it comes to selecting a cut. A ladies or girls leotard should cover the bra and any other underwear. Dance leotards with spaghetti straps are not the best for gymnastics and some studios or schools do not allow them to be worn at all. For the most comfortable cut, a longer legged leotard is best. This is often called a boy-cut and this usually prevents any riding up. Also, those with longer sleeves help to prevent any slippage in the arms or shoulders during a routine. Leotards can sometimes also come in a halter-top, turtleneck or scoop neck and selecting one of these types usually comes down purely to whatever you find most comfortable.
Performance and practice
Leotards for practice and designed to be practical rather than attractive while those for performances are often for more extravagant. A performance leotard will have a more complex appearance while still remaining practical. Many different colours and patterned or shiny materials are often used in these. The garments usually accent that particular occasion and are not solely based on the performance. For example, a gymnast in the Olympics will wear an outfit which displays their county’s colours but without distracting from the performance. So it is important to bear in mind the occasion as well as the performance when deciding.
Unisex vs male or female leotards
A unisex leotard is often more of a workhorse without any sort of adornment. They tend to have ambiguous sleeves and necklines and are usually only used for practising because of their practicality. Gendered leotards for girls and ladies or men and boys tend to fit the body better and have more detail. Women’s leotards often have a bra support plus extra details such as a halter neck. Mens leotards usually have a crew neck and some have a deeper neckline to display their muscles. Male leotards often have short sleeves or are sleeveless altogether with wider straps to keep it on the shoulders.
Choosing a Fabric
There are a wide range of fabric and material blends that you can choose between when selecting a leotard. Below are just a few we have found:
- Lycra – This a popular material in dance and gymnastics clothing. It is stretchy with a lot of give so it popular with gymnasts who don’t like itchy and tight materials. They not usually used for competition as they can’t hold decorations such as rhinestones.
- Metallic – These are often bright and so attract many shoppers. But the material does not actually have a lot of give meaning that some may find them uncomfortable.