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May 29, 2011

Leotards for All! (Girl Talk Warning)



Ballet dancers wear a very minimal amount of clothing. I mean... We have to! In order to move our bodies we can't have a pair of jeans restricting our movement. So wearing just a leotard and a pair of tights leaves our bodies exposed for all to see every curve in our figure. We'll want to feel confident with what we wear (lest our self esteem should suffer). I myself am particularly curvy. I have wide set hips, a small waist and 30D as a bra size, a size no one carries so I typically wind up wearing a 32C.
 It's very difficult for me to find leotards that look flattering. If the leotard isn't snug to my body then it can make me look very wide. If it's too tight then it makes my chest look bulbous. There has to be some kind of balance in the middle that flatters my curves but also keeps my chest under control. So far I've found a handful of favorites.




Halters are great for a more curvaceous shape. I loved the Natalie leotard so much I ended up buying three different colors.
 

 

Misty Copeland is the woman modelling in both of these photos. She is a soloist with the American Ballet Theatre and a rather curvaceous woman herself. Anything she models on Discount Dance Supply is sure to fit a more curvaceous body. She is a huge inspiration to me, proving that girls with a womanly shape can make it in the ballet world.
 

Look for Misty Copeland as the model and I would suggest giving those leotards a try.

Thanks for reading, everyone!

It's Memorial Day weekend here in the U.S. and I hope everyone enjoys it!
 
 
Rhiannon -
 
 

29 comments:

  1. Whoa 30D that must be tough! im a 30 AA, which is also basically impossible to find in a bra, so I sometimes look very bottom heavy in leos. Both of those leos are very lovely; the narrowing of the halter around the neck definately takes attention away from the bust!

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  2. Hi Ballerinablogger! thanks for doing this post! i'm extremely small chested so i usually don't have any problems but for you with a 30d how do you deal with bounce level???? i mean most leos i've come across don't have bras... do you wear just a regular cupped bra under yours? there is a girl in my dance school that wheres a short sleeve leo so she can wear a bra under it. sorry for all the questions! hope u have a wonderful long weekend!

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  3. thanks for this!! What cute leo styles!! I too am REALLY small-chested so I end up looking pointy in my leo.... any suggestions??? Thanks hav a fabulous memorial day weekend too!!

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  4. Thanks for the comments everyone!
    Juliette, the bounce level is something that I've learned to just live with. I use to be VERY self concious since I was a very early bloomer. I was a 12 year old with a 17 year old's body. I just wear lined leotards. I don't like to wear bras because I find them just uncomfortable and in the end they don't do much for me. It's a good idea but it really depends on the body type. I'm fairly perky so no matter what I do they bounce. :/ No worries about the questions, I love them :)

    Julie, thank you! Hmm... I would suggest wearing leotards that are definitely lined and maybe a little tighter around the bust? So it flattens them down a bit. I'm not quite sure but you should definitely try some on and see what works.
    Thanks girls!

    Ballerinablogger ~

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  5. So this is akward to ask, but what should you do when your leotard isn't "see through" when you put it on, but as you dance it becomes, well, "see through" because you start to sweat? (sorry if thats too akward :/ ) Great blog! Thank you!

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  6. So as the above commenter noted, this is an awkward topic, but how should i handle bouncing while dancing? it is just embarrassing and super noticable! everyone always looks at me when i jump because my boobs are flying everywhere! Help please!!!!!

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  7. Haha don't worry girls, it's really not awkward especially because I've been dealing with this for years! Well, I've never had a leotard that gets more see-through as you wear it but if it's that bad then I would suggest either wearing a bra underneath or buying a different leotard. Some teachers don't like it when students wear undergarments with their leotards but I'd give it a try and if your teacher has any problems then you can do otherwise.

    Anonymous, I TOTALLY hear ya. I had and still have the exact same problem and it was especially worse when I was about twelve years old. I had just had a huge growth spurt and I looked like a woman. Along with a new body I woke up with a C cup but was still only TWELVE! I was EXTREMELY self conscious. Usually I just wanted to crawl under a rock and hide during dance class because I was so embarassed.
    There are 2 solutions to this problem that go hand in hand. 1: gain more self confidence. Embrace your chest and realize that there are PLENTY of people who wish they had a bigger bust size like you. This happened for me as I grew older and all my friends expressed how jealous of me they were. I'd always joke that they could have them if they wanted them but eventually I realized I was lucky in some aspects and the bottom line was... There wasn't anything I could do about it.
    2: Find a leotard that fits like a glove. Go shopping for leotards and try them all on. Jump around in the changing room and see how it looks. It's impossible to have ever single leotard fit you just right but having several options that make you feel confident are a must-have.
    The bouncing sucks, I know. And it hurts too... But if it is that bad then you can try to wear a dance bra underneath. I really don't like wearing dance bras so I esentially just had to suck it up. There are many dancers out there with chests. (Such as Misty Copeland in the above article.) I think you guys have inspired me to do a "dealing with curves" article. I'll get to work on that asap.
    Hope this helps girls! Good luck!

    Ballerinablogger ~

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  8. I know I don't really fit in here as I'm a gymnast, however many of the same problems occur for us too, I'm a 32E and fairly large so leotard shopping always ends in tears, however I have found that a higher necked leotard is extremely helpful as not only does it hold everything in but a good supportive bra can be worn conspicuously underneath too ;)

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  9. I have a major problem of sweating in all of my dance leotards, front and back! Is there a certain leotard that can help prevent that or do I just have to deal with it?

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  10. Anon, don't worry you're totally welcome here! It's awesome to have people of different sports/artforms to gather here.

    Mei, I sweat a lot too in those exact same places! I've found that it helps to wear a lot of black because you can't see the sweat as much. Lycra leotards like this one http://www.discountdance.com/dancewear/style_M229LM.html?pid=3136&Shop=Style&SID=256159944# are also better for the sweating purpose. I like to wear this one because people can never tell when I'm sweating a lot. (Aside from my beet red face and damp nose) ;)

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  11. i hate dancing without a bra. i'm actually underweight by a bit, but i'm fuller figured(i don't get it either) i'm a 34E/32F and im only 14! it's impossible to dance without a bra for me, you just get bounce all over and it's increibly painful. nothing fits either. i have to adjust the straps on all my leotards,and sometimes when we have to wear the strappy gym fem ones i just stitch a bra to the inside. but as always, the rules go you cant wear underwear under a leotard. so i cheat and get a wide strapped leotard and find a really unnoticeable bra and wear it underneath, of if ms K saiys no bra, i't just wear a really tight leotard, that basically stops the bounce.

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  12. ZHi my class is moving on to the next grade and that grade requires a camisole leotard. Help! I have no idea what to wear under them. I'm not particularly flat or big chested, but it's weird not wearing anything.

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  13. Another suggestion for bustier dancers is to try putting a very tight white cotton t shirt under your leotard usually I go for the smallest size I can find and if possible that stops a bit above my waist. You can find them in teen clothing stores and children's clothing stores as well. Using a t-shirt will:
    provide some support
    soak up excess sweat
    flatten the chest a bit
    cost about 5 - 10 dollars depending on wear you buy them

    PS If your breast hurt with no bra it is probably better to preserve your breast health if you wear one you can try a sports bra if you find the normal or dance bra does not work for you.

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  14. Even though I'm 10 I have been dancing for 8 years of my life and I learned that when your dancing you shouldn't care about how you look , only aboyt improving your skills. I'm not saying I'm fat actually I am underweight which scares me (I'm worried!) but thats not my point. My point is that whether your larger or skinnier be happy with yourself especialy when you dance. Dance is very important to me and if your serious about it, you shouldn't care how you look.
    Ginger

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  15. I love my leotard and so do my girls they find like me underwear is not ok with leotard

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  16. Our class is moving up a grade and we have to get new leotards, i'm really flat chested which makes me self conscious and there's no way to wear anything under the new leotard as it has a super low back... I guess there's nothing i can do about it though so i'll just have to get used to the fact that the 10 year olds look like they've got bigger boobs than me :/ aaah well, i'm sure i'm not the only one!! :P :)

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  17. This is a great selection of leotards! I tend to gravitate towards halter topped dresses, so finding halter top leotards is definitely a plus for me. Not all dancers are the same size and shape, so it's great to see women with curves being represented more often. Thanks for posting this!

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  19. I am 34/36A, which I'm good with. But I have a kind of long torso/shortish legs and a not so small butt! I'm 5'5'' and 126 lbs. I'm definitely not chubby, but I'm not thin either. I have a pretty thin waist, which is weird. I just feel really out of proportion and my rear is so big! I hope it doesn't give me less of a chance in the ballet world, but I did just get a scholarship for summer at my studio... :/ I'm constantly criticizing myself!!

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  20. Hi ballerinabloger, this week a have a dance recitle and one of my leotards is wight and pretty see through, i'm 12 and am pretty flat shested but i will still need some cover up. Eny ideas of what kind of bra i could were???

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  21. Ballerinablogger, you sound like one of those smart kind of people so can you answer my question? I have bought a few skin coloured bras (blue leotard) and use a black bra (black leotard), I have little to hold in but it's just that (awkward warning!) you can see my nipples if I don't wear a bra! -not that they are see-through if you get what I mean- Everyone else wears one and I feel stupid not, but I feel uncomfortable and limited wearing one. So I am asking if I should wear one, if not what should I do? arrhhh,can you offer any help???? :) ps. we cannot wear any other type of leotard then thin strapped

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  22. For the love08 comment i know the receitle passed but could you still answer the question, thank you.

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  23. i am a 36D and I cant find leos that I can wear at my college that over enough help plz

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    1. Have you tried the Balera line from Dancewear Solutions? They make leotards that are really supportive, cover a bit more and are super inexpensive.

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  24. gymnast in the house! this is one of the most awkward questions of all, but because gymnasts don't wear tights underneath their leotards, I find that sometimes I have a *hair* problem....any advice?

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  25. hey, so I have a dance show that requires me to wear just a leotard, no tights. It's too small for me, so it reveals a lot of leg and other parts, any advice?

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  26. Ballerinablogger, in the normal world i am a little above average size, but in dance, i feel like an elephant. I'm like 5'7'', 140ish pounds, 34C. In dance all of the girls are smaller than me. half of it's my chest, but im just bigger. I dance ten hours a week on a freshman's homework load, but i can't get smaller. I just want to be the size of a ballerina, which is proving to be very hard. and now I'm just whining. Sorry. But i don't know how to, well, shrink.

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    1. Hey Romanoff703201! Would you be okay with me answering this question as a blog post? I think many other girls (including me) can relate to your problem. Let me know and thanks! :)

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  27. Gymnastics Leotard long average size ,girl warning leotard features a bra-friendly zip rear. 4-way give matte nylon fabric. Graying features full opposite liner. http://www.destira.com/

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