Amanda Derhy, a ballerina and ballet dancer, wears a Mariia Dancewear blue leotard, an Adidancewear black skirt, and Repetto dance shoes, and is performing ballet dance moves, at the Louvre, on January 8, 2017 in Paris, France. Edward Berthelot/Getty Images

In this era of yoga pants, it’s easy to forget the leotard—early active-wear that required the confidence of a naked emperor.

Named after Jules Léotard, a 19th-century French acrobat (and a man), the garment is known for its close fit and resemblance to a woman’s bathing suit. Unlike the unitard, leotards have no legs and tend to ride up one’s rear in an asymmetric fashion that defies science.

Admittedly, I am leo-phobic, avoiding all situations that could put me near crotch-slinging clothing. I hate “sexy Halloween” costumes and business tops that stay tucked in because they snap over one’s skivvies. When I see celebrities in spangly bodysuits, I slam my hand on the table. Uh-uh, Taylor Swift.

Unlike my younger millennial counterparts, I have a history with the leotard that they should understand.

As a child of the 1980s, I envied my mother’s puffed sleeve bodysuit, the one she wore while executing the Jane Fonda Workout. When I was a little girl in tap class, I got my own first leotard, a light blue long-sleeve garment with a zipper down the front. I still remember how the nylon felt on my skin: scratchy with a chemically enhanced stretchiness. There was always an air pocket in the lower back, but I liked that I looked like a superhero when I opened my arms in a “T” and posed with one foot off the floor. As I bloomed from four-years-old to five, I swear my leotard tried to stunt my growth by giving me a constant frontal wedgie.

Later, I minored in dance in college. As I trekked through the snow from history to ballet, I felt like black bodysuits and pink tights were a humid second skin under my jeans and sweaters. Meanwhile, the fitness world hamstring curled itself around the dance crowd. Early adapters graduated from striped leotards to sports bras and baggy Adidas pants, à la Sporty Spice.

After college, I became a professional dancer and saved my money for audition leotards. My favorite was a bright red number with lots of criss-crossing stripes in the back. These leos weren’t cheap, ranging between $50 to $75, but they helped individuals stand out during cattle calls with hundreds of other young women. In the early 2000s, custom-made unitards became the “it” item. A few years later, leggings and tank tops emerged as the vestments of the Pilates and yoga crowd. They were so comfortable and resembled street clothes, which saved me time and money at the laundromat.

I get hives when I think of a leotard renaissance attempted by clothiers like American Apparel, a scandal-plagued company that recently closed more than a hundred stores. (It was the curse of the leo!) So do many of my colleagues, fellow fitness instructors whose careers started decades before mine.

Recently, I conducted a leo-poll to remind millennials how grateful they should be to those who sacrificed convenience to pave the way from leos to Lululemon. Here are three things my fitness elders remember about their time in Lycra:

  1. Leotard-wearers burn more calories in the bathroom than on the dance floor. I’ll let this unsavory fact sink in as I tell you about one of my mentors, a Baby Boomer whose aerobics career began in 1978. This woman has all the signs of bodysuit trauma, including hysterical laughter at the mere mention of a leotard. To conceal her identity—and keep her safe in the leotard witness protection program—I will call her “Jennifer.” Jennifer, who can still rock a step aerobics routine without falling off the bench, says leotards were tools of her trade, a new profession that didn’t even require certifications. Being a fitness instructor then was like embracing the Wild West. Instead of tumbleweeds, they had leg lifts. But when it came time to tinkle, everything had to come off: sweaty bodysuit, tights and underwear. What an inconvenience to a person who also stays hydrated.
  2. As leotards got smaller, underwear stayed the same size. Here’s what Jennifer says about that: “We didn’t wear thongs or go commando in those days, so your underwear had to fit under it. Hence, we had ‘high leg’ bikinis in white, beige or black. You wore—in this order—your underwear (with a sanitary napkin if needed because who wore tampons back then?), your pink or beige tights and your leotard.” Yuck. Before Madonna, your bra had to hide under your leotard. And yes, bras only came in white, beige or black. Another fitness professional—whom I’ll call Debbie—said she had to wear a sports bra underneath her leotard because shelf bras hadn’t been invented yet. But unlike Jennifer, Debbie avoided panty lines by going sans. Instead of wearing her leo over her tights, she pulled her tights over her leotard to avoid “ride up.” Don’t get Jennifer or Debbie started about yeast infections, a major hazard, especially before the birth of the cotton crotch.
  3. Like snowflakes, each leotard had its own personality that had to stand alone without legwarmers or belts. Here’s what Jennifer says about hers: “My favorite leotard, which I still have, is grey with a short skirt attached. Very flattering. I still wear it today, on Halloween.” Debbie, who has banished all leotards from her drawer, remembers technological advances in fabric, from cotton and nylon to Spandex and wicking material. Usually, she wore spaghetti straps or tank style, but when she choreographed a dance exercise video in 1989, thongs were the height of fashion. Yet like Pangaea, the supercontinent that separated into individual landmasses, leotards were beginning to break apart into (gasp) briefs and sports bras. Debbie remembers her dancers were to wear thong briefs underneath thick footless tights for the video. On top, they were going to wear midriff shirts to show their toned bellies. Jennifer added that women with skinny back sides have no business wearing thongs and that we should all meditate on that.

Today, Jennifer and Debbie have occasional leotard flashbacks. But mostly, they embrace tank tops, shorts and leggings when they teach classes. While there’s nothing wrong with a thong as outerwear, they agree there’s nothing right either.

Ann Votaw is a freelance writer in New York who has a M.A. in Health Education. She teaches yoga and physical fitness to adults 60 and better.

Why I Love Working Out In a Onesie

Not being old enough to have participated in the Jane Fonda glory days of the leotard-as-workout-wear, my first experience wearing one to the gym was under slightly different circumstances: a costume party. For Halloween, my whole kickboxing class at the Y decided to go full 80s. There’s nothing I love more than dressing up, so I went all out with a gold lamé leotard over leggings-belted, of course-high tops and sky-high hair. I expected it to be fun and a good workout (it did not disappoint!) but what I hadn’t expected was how amazingly comfortable it was.

Oh yes, you heard me right: Working out in a leotard felt amazing. Since then, because I care (too much) what people think of me in public, I’ve mostly stuck to more traditional workout wear like running capris, shorts, and tank tops. But over the past year, I’ve started to work onesies back into my workout wardrobe. (Psst…We have The Best Leggings for Every Workout.)

It started with a ballet class that required a leo and tights. The tights I could definitely do without but again I was pleasantly surprised by how functional the leotard was. After that, I started sneaking my onesies into yoga class, camouflaging them with a pair of shorts over the top. It was bliss. No longer did I have to do downward dog on one hand so I could pull my shirt down with the other. There were no more hurried adjustments of waistbands between poses. And, best of all, when I went upside down I no longer had to worry about a too-loose top slipping over my head and arms, essentially hog-tying me. (Turns out there’s no official yoga pose called “upside down blind squirrel stuck in a sock,” but I still like to think I made it look good.)

But what about the rumor that bodysuits give you terrible camel toe and make it impossible to pee? For me, that hasn’t been a problem. I have a long torso but as long as I buy “tall” sizes, there aren’t any front (or back) wedgie issues. Plus, I wear shorts over mine. As for the bathroom, I normally don’t have to pee in the middle of a workout, but if it happens, I just pull it to the side. It’s fine. And these small inconveniences are more than made up for by the functionality and comfort a leotard provides.

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So now I’m on a mission to spread the joy of working out in a leotard. Mostly because I care about your comfort, but also because the more ladies I can convince to join me, the less I’ll look like a time warp.

Here are six reasons you should try a workout onesie too:

It’s a legit trend.

Like all good fashion trends, the bodysuit is definitely having a comeback. Everyone from Beyonce to Kate Hudson has been wearing them, and there are four one-piece outfits in Beyonce’s new workout wear line Ivy Park (more about the Ivy Park collection here). There’s even a yoga clothing company called Onzie! Is it a little silly? Yes. Is it lots of fun? Also yes.

They don’t roll up.

No more slippery tank tops slowly creeping up your tummy or doing the “window shade roll” when you bend over. Bodysuits stay down no matter which way you twist and turn. It’s a game changer for women who love yoga.

They hold you in.

I wouldn’t call them shapewear (they’re way too comfy for that), but because there’s no seam in the middle, there’s less bulging. Plus, the elastic does hold you in a little and smooths things out.

No tricky waistbands to fall down or ride up.

Have you ever been sprinting and realized that while you’re running forward, your bottoms are headed downward? With a onesie, you never need to worry about pulling up your pants again. Or even wearing pants! No pants dance!

You don’t need to worry about matching.

Onesies are, well, an outfit all in one. You can pretty much get dressed in the dark and not go wrong.

They’re more flattering than you think.

Probably the thing I hear most about workout onesies though is, “I could never wear one, I don’t have the body for it!” (Which, by that standard, I probably shouldn’t be wearing one either.) But I am here to tell you that it is a myth that you have to have a model body to wear a bodysuit-or to wear anything you love, for that matter. For one thing, gym wear should be about comfort and functionality first and foremost, so wear whatever you feel good in. Second, the right leotard can be very flattering and they come in many lengths (shorts, skirts, full leggings), colors, and fabrics. Not to mention, it’s perfectly acceptable to throw on a pair of shorts or a tee over the top to get the best of both worlds. Either way, don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it!

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Why did leotards go out of style? Is it because leggings are more comfortable?

Not sure why I got the A2A on this but I actually have something to contribute….

As pointed out by resident fashion tranny Julia Reece, the leotard is an entirely different garment then a pair of leggings. The leotard (Leo as referred to by gymnast) is a garment that covers the entire torso…..whereas leggings are basically spandex pants.

How could they somewhat compete with each other? Well, in the late 70’s and 80’s the leotard was very common in the gym……whereas today leggings are primarily the lower-body garment of choice for the majority of women.

Why did leotards lose ground to leggings? I can only quote what I’ve heard from women:

Leotards, particularly when worn with tights, make going to the bathroom a big ordeal in that a fair degree of dismantling/disrobing is required. Leggings, by contrast, are the same as pants: pull them down, pull them up.

Leotards fell out of fashion as more exciting things came along. The leo is a very mundane look coming from the ballet studio. As gym fashion evolved we saw unitards and then tights/briefs with open midriffs and sporty tops evolve…..these outfits were far easier when it came to going to the bathroom and offered more versatility with accessorizing.

The leotard is very revealing and really something worn in the dance studio or gym, a wardrobe change is required to run errands and what-not. Leggings, by sharp contrast, work in the gym and far into daily activity in terms of just about anything. Women can hang out around the home, run errands, go out to lunch or even dress up their outfits when it comes to leggings.

Beyond the gym, leotards never really were a fashion……except for a brief period in the early to mid 70’s, dare I say the Flash dance era, when gals wore them with skirts and jeans rampantly, this period also saw the rampant use of leg warmers worn over jeans as well. I grew up in this time and it was pretty awesome!

Today you’ll only see leo’s on gymnast and maybe some fancy ones on performers and musical artist…..but in this capacity they’re far more ornate, fancy and referred to as bodysuits.

Leotards might be the everyday uniform of the ballet greats, but we’re officially laying claim to the wardrobe essential as well. Sure, they look great with a tutu and pointe shoes, but they’re just as perfect slipped under a pair of jeans or as a no-tuck solution with that fussy skirt. Whether you call it a bodysuit, maillot, one-piece, or have another beloved nickname for the top, let’s be real: It’s a leotard, first and foremost.

Lucky for us, the fashion world has taken to the one-and-done favorite, and the range of styles for the leotard is currently beyond our wildest dreams. Of course, there will always be the simple stretchy tank, tee, or long-sleeved options, but we now have silk camis, cotton button-downs, and even swimwear-as-streetwear (yes, this hack is one of our favorites) to complete our epic collections. A chic top that we don’t have to fuss with every time we raise our arms above our heads? How can you argue with that?

Below find 15 ways to style yours. And once you’re truly addicted to the trend, we’re sharing a selection of our current faves for your shopping pleasure. If there’s one thing you add to your ultimate classic wardrobe this season, make it a leotard. We promise you won’t regret it.

Are You Wearing The Right Undergarments With Your Dancewear?

Tips for choosing undergarments for every dance form and performance

What you wear on your body is critical when it comes to dancing – Dancewear can either hide or highlight and either complement or distract from your moves.

So while choosing a costume can be a complicated process and selecting the perfect undergarments to go with your specially crafted outfit is even more critical, requiring some smart thinking.

A finished look (that includes appropriate undergarments) will not only make you look great on stage but will also exude professionalism. Showing any type of undergarments is not becoming on stage. Wearing appropriate undergarment is also essential to ensure there are no costume malfunctions and that your performance is considered tasteful.

In this post, I attempt to demystify the so-called basic concept of undergarments for dancewear; here are some commonsensical but often overlooked guidelines on choosing undergarments.

A dance student taking a class in the dance studio and the professional dancer performing on stage will have different requirements; know your need.

Dance is a sport, and hence supportive garments are a must. You may not need a sports bra as you wouldn’t be bouncing up and down, but an undergarment that offers a good fit and support where you need it will still be essential.

  • While buying briefs, beware of the visible panty line (VPL). Smooth lines are important for a neat, professional appearance so that no lace or hooks are shown through the leotard.
  • Some dresses include an “underwear”- for example, built in cups inside a leotard, but you may still prefer to wear something underneath (that doesn’t show through, of course). Built-in bra shelving for extra coverage and support usually is enough for smaller chested women.
  • Very young ballet students often wear regular panties underneath their tights and leotards.
  • Depending on the dress code of the school, students may not be allowed to show bulk or “panty lines” under their leotards so the teacher can study the lines of the body.
  • Older students often use thong-type panties for a smooth look.
  • Heavier, more developed ballet students may choose to wear a sports bra under their leotard.
  • Always go for comfort and buy the brand you are familiar, well in advance. You don’t want to be trying out that brand new bra on stage in case of the dreaded wardrobe malfunction!
  • Dark underwear sometimes shines through (if the dress is a light color), so ask somebody to have a look when you’re in a place with bright lighting.
  • If you are unable to find shorts or leggings that match the color of your outfit, buy them in white and have them dyed.
  • It is always a good idea to wear regular panties under your costume undergarments, as they protect your costume from perspiration and other stains.
  • Consider wearing another pair of (well fitting) briefs over the top of your tights or leggings to hide the slightly thicker denier.
  • Avoid wearing anything that looks like everyday underwear under flared skirts; your undergarments must be coordinated with your costume to avoid a tacky look.

Some Specialty Dance Undergarments

Unitard

Classic tank-style, the ankle-length unitard is the perfect costume foundation for dance, aerial, tightrope, hoop and other performance styles. Versatile simplicity allows for use under a variety of styles.

Racerback Bra Top

A classic racerback silhouette features a scoop neckline with broad shoulder and back straps and provides maximum support for high-impact routines

Camisole Body Tight

Camisole-style body tight with heel cutouts provides dancers a smooth, flattering and modest undergarment when performing in revealing or unlined costumes. Detachable, adjustable straps allow for multiple customized styles

Short Shorts

Also called booty shorts, the best ones fit snug and eliminate chafing between the inner thighs.

Cheerleader Trunks

Best for wearing under full skirts or panel skirts, these can be rolled down and pinned into position.

Wearing a Bra with Your Leotard? Get It Right!

For most adult dancers just a leotard may not provide enough support to make it through class without unwanted bounce or a dancer may like to feel very secure and covered when she is dancing.

Consider Your Leotard :

If you have a choice on what kind of leotard you can wear, get one that has a racer back, a high back/mandarin collar, or a relatively high scoop back, as they conceal bras. Leotards with either thick tank straps or sleeves also hide your bra while strappy backs with big cutouts cannot help with concealment.

Match The Style of Bra with The Leotard :

If you have a racerback leo, choose a racerback bra (thinner straps will not show). While wearing a leotard with a high back, any style of bra will work (straight across back with crossed straps or racerback styles can be hidden well–the straps stay in place and don’t “peek” out).

A sports bra with a pull over the head feature wins over a day bra with a clasp any day. Clasps make a bump under your leotard and will also hurt you when you do floor work

Consider Why You Need a Bra :

Do you need it for compression or bounce control or concealment of nipples? Choose a bra that serves the purpose in a style that is compatible with your leotard. Some dancewear companies like MotionWear, Eurotard, and Capezio sell sports bras. Sportswear companies like Lululemon, and Nike and even the sportswear department at Target offer some good options.

Choose Colors Carefully

Choose bras in skin tone, black, or the color of your leotard. While your leotard should completely cover the bra, sometimes a little bit of the bra may remain visible. If this happens, try to match the bra color with either your skin or your leotard. Wearing a bra in a color that contrasts your leotard can look sloppy.

If it’s difficult to find a bra in the exact color of your leotard (like hunter green, navy blue, or lilac), choose either skin color or black. If it is critical that the bra matches your leotard, you could always dye a white bra to get the color just right.

Last, but not the least – always store your dance bras with your leotards and dancewear. This avoids last minute scrambles searching for the right bra.

Guide to Choosing and Wearing The Dance Belt

Beginning at puberty, all male dancers should always wear a dance belt under their tights. In fact, it is recommended that a male dancer wear one even if they are not wearing tights.

Appearance

A dance belt should be as close to invisible as possible under tights. The inevitable male bulge should be smoothed out and not embarrassing. And once it’s on and adjusted, nothing should move inside the dance belt, regardless of the stretching, leaping, and contortions the dancer engages in.

Sizing

Dance belts are measured by waist size. You may have a better chance at finding a dance belt online if you are unable to access a specialty dance store and usually, you may need to endure some trial and error before you can find one with the perfect size and fit.

Color

The best color dance belt is a flesh colored: ‘nude’ or ‘tan’ for Caucasians, ‘chocolate’ for darker skinned dancers. The same dance belt can then be worn under black practice tights or white performance tights. A flesh colored dance belt is more invisible under white tights than a white one.

Comfort

A dance belt must be comfortable enough to be worn for several hours of classes, rehearsals, and performance. Take the time to get all your male parts position where you want them, as comfortably as possible, so nothing moves until you take it off. Try different brands and sizes if comfort or fit are issues.

To put on the dance belt, pull it up over your hipbones, to the height you normally wear your pants. While wearing it lower may give relief from thong tension; this will hamper your movements. Your penis needs to face up towards your belly button, and pulling up the dance belt helps in this process.

While some discomfort is normal while initially wearing a dance belt, a correctly fitting one will soon stop bothering you. A dance belt gives you the ability to let loose, jumping and leaping with abandon, knowing you won’t feel that painful bounce when you land.

Dance Undergarments for Different Forms of Dance

A professional dancer needs as much freedom of movement as possible. The last thing any dancer needs to worry about on stage is whether their undergarments are showing each time they move.

Ballroom Dancing

Wear skin colored briefs for ballroom, but the general guidelines should be that the underwear doesn’t show through your dress

Latin

You could go with black briefs if your skirt is black. However, keep in mind that whatever fits your dress, is comfortable and doesn’t show your bare behind when twirling is the perfect brief.

Professional Ballet

Ballet dancers can choose to wear thongs if needed, but most just wear tights underneath their classical tutus. This allows for a worry-free and flexible performance. Tutu bodice tops are typically boned, shaped, and lined to provide enough coverage and support with no undergarment needed.

Lyrical or Character Dance Performances

Dancers who are performing wear something called a “trunk” bottom. This is basically a bottom brief made out of leotard-like material. The dancer will match her trunks to her tights or her costume. Wearing a nude camisole shaper gives additional confidence that the dress is fitting the way it should.

Cheerleaders, Majorettes, and Gymnasts

Cheerleaders, Majorettes, Gymnasts and other athletes also wear trunks. Trunks look exactly like the bottom half of a leotard. They are stretchy, comfortable, and make a nice alternative to a regular undergarment

Here are two popular dance forms and a guide on what undergarments go best with them.

What Does a Flamenco Dancer Wear Under Her Skirt?

Flamenco dancewear is cut slightly smaller than your true size to give the best fit. So while choosing the right knickers, here are some things to bear in mind:

Avoid lace entirely, as the lace pattern will show through (unless your dress or skirt is lined) Thongs are not a good idea as flamenco dance moves flare the skirts out and this is not a desirable view. Plain shorts with no visible panty lines are excellent for that smooth line under clothes and give just the right amount of coverage

While most Spanish Flamenco dancers go bare-legged, tights are an option if you need some cover. Consider buying dance specialty tights even if they are more expensive; they will be longer lasting.

Fishnet tights are a classic flamenco look but do pair them with a shoe liner under the tight t avoid any toes going through the holes. Wearing a pair of flesh-colored tights under the fishnets to be sure makes for an even classier and safer look.

Criteria While Choosing Undergarments for Belly Dancing

The ideal undergarment should completely cover the buttocks. It should contain enough fabric to contain a mini – pad, to prevent any leaks. It should be washable and the color choice, fabric and style should be influenced by the costume itself. Thongs are not an ideal choice in belly dancing outfits as they don’t offer much protection by way of cover or keep away from sweat and other stains.

Choosing the perfect undergarments with your dancewear is a deliberate effort and often requires the help of an experienced salesperson.

Consider visiting a specialty dancewear store to try out and gain an understanding of what exactly you need. Dancewear stores like Beyond The Barre stock undergarments in high-quality seamless performance fabrics which are ideal for wearing under leotards and costumes for a streamlined appearance.

The store features sporty crop tops and colored dance briefs to nail that athletic look and have products from leading dancewear brands such as Bloch and Capezio with styles for both men and women.

Do you have a favorite style of bra or tights to wear with your leotard or tips to match the perfect undergarment with your dancewear? Leave a comment!

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Danielle Hernandez has been in the dance industry for over 30 years. She landed her first professional dance job at the age of 11.

Danielle received her acting and musical theater training at the prestigious Musical Theater Works Conservatory, and she graduated from Rutgers University with a major in dance and minor in music.

In addition to training and competing with a dance company in NJ, Danielle also trained at Steps on Broadway, as well as Broadway Dance Center. At the young age of 15, Danielle fell in love with teaching dance and coaching competitive cheer squads and dance teams, bringing them to success with state, regional, and national championship titles

A Guide To Gymnastics Underwear: What To Wear Under Your Leotard (When You’re On Your Period)

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Knowing what to wear under your leotard if you’ve just started gymnastics or dance classes can be tricky. It’s a minefield — should you wear a thong or high-cut briefs? Should you even wear underwear at all? And what do you even wear on your top half?! Aaargh!

Literally a nightmare, right? Especially if you take into consideration that you can even have points deducted if your underwear is visible or if a judge thinks they’re inappropriate.

Luckily for you, we’ve got your back. We’re here to help with some top tips on what to wear under your leotard (and even how to survive getting your period at the same time!).

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What do gymnasts wear under their leotards?

In lots of cases, professional gymnasts and dancers tend to not wear any panties under their leotards. This is because your panties can move around and show during your routine — which you can get marked down for — or even worse, ride up and give you a wedgie when you’re dancing. Visible wedgie + uncomfortable dancing = mega cringe.

Some leotards have built-in liners which can be removed and washed, and ballet dancers usually just use their tights as underwear.

Gymnasts and dancers can actually wear all sorts of things under their leotards — so you have a few options and you totally don’t have to go commando if you don’t want to!

If the idea of going pantie-less gives you the heebie-jeebies though, you can always wear a thong. This means no VPL, and you don’t have to worry about it bunching up under your leotard or showing at the sides.

But don’t feel pressured to wear a thong if you don’t want to! There are gymnastics high cut briefs that you can wear too that are lightweight and seamless so you’ll barely feel like you’re wearing anything, and they won’t show through your leotard.

Knixteen’s ‘Oh-No’ Proof Bikini is super thin and has a seamless design, so there’s no VPL to worry about when you’re out there doin’ your thang. They’re totally breathable too and have awesome anti-wicking technology to banish sweat, to help you feel calm and collected under pressure.

So the simple answer to this question is: wear whatever you feel most comfortable in. Your underwear — or lack of — shouldn’t be something that gets in the way of you owning that routine. Just pick whichever option suits you, and start practising those backflips.

Do you wear a bra with a leotard?

What to wear on your top half can be a bit of a nightmare too. If you’re comfortable not wearing a bra then that’s awesome, but some of us can feel a bit on show when we’re up there under the spotlights (urrr, nip alert, anyone?).

Some girls will go bra under leotard, but you need to make sure you’re choosing the right bra. Underwiring can dig into you during your routine and show right through your leotard. You can even lose points in competitions for having just one bra strap slip out of place — eek!

If you’re worried about the nip sitch and you’re fine not wearing a bra, then try out band aids or nipple covers like petals instead. This’ll help you feel covered up without having to go on a suitable bra hunt.

Don’t worry if you’ve got larger breasts and you need the support of a bra — then there are plenty of options for bras to wear under leotards. Stick to nude bras, and match your bra style to your leotard style. For example, if you’ve got a racerback leo, then go for a racerback bra that will match up.

The Knixteen Mo’ne bra is a comfortable racerback option to wear under your ‘tard. It’s also breathable and moisture-wicking, which is handy for when you’re performing.

What to do when you’re on your period too

As if the whole gymnastics underwear nightmare couldn’t get any worse, what about when your period strikes?! If you’re super into sports where you have to wear something a bit skimpier like dance or gymnastics, getting your period can be crazy stressful.

Of course you don’t want to miss out on doing something you love just because your Auntie Flo’s come to visit, especially if it’s a competition you’ve been psyching yourself up for.

How to wear a leotard on your period is one of life’s great mysteries, but here are a few options that can actually help you solve it.

Avoid pads and try tampons

It’s probably best to avoid wearing pads if you’re on your period while wearing a leotard.

Even the smallest of pads can peek out when you least want them to, and then there’s also the added risk of the bright stage lights drawing even more attention to them. They also feel a bit gross and leaky if you’re moving around a lot during your routine.

If you’re comfortable with using tampons, this can be a good option for you under a leotard. Tampons feel more discreet so you don’t feel super self-conscious.

If you’ve been wanting to use tampons but you’re a bit nervous about where to start, then check out our guide on how to put in a tampon.

Give menstrual cups a go

If you’re worried about the string of your tampon poking out when you’re in the middle of practice, then you can try out something a bit different like the menstrual cup.

Once you get the hang of putting them in, menstrual cups are a great tampon alternative. They can protect you from leaks for up to 12 hours, but they can feel a bit uncomfortable or feel very there to start with.

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Wear a pair of period panties

If the thought of leaking when you’re out there doing cartwheels and frontflips freaks you out, then check out Knixteen’s period-proof bikini.
The ‘Oh-no’ Proof bikinis are the perfect gymnastics leotard panties because of their leakproof capabilities. They can absorb up to two tampons-worth of blood — no sneaky leaks are getting past these panties!

Experiment with gymnastics outfits by popping on a pair of shorts or a skirt

It’s totally normal if you’re on your period to feel like everyone around you knows. But believe it or not, your coach is not equipped with a built-in period radar.

If you’re feeling particularly self-conscious or suffering from a pretty heavy flow, then there are plenty of cute skirts, leggings or shorts out there to pair with your leotard. You can even wear Knixteen’s period-proof boyshorts underneath for that extra feeling for security!

These uber comfortable boyshorts are super-absorbent so they’ll help you to tackle that dreaded gymnastics period head-on.

They also have odor-crushing technology that gets rid of any embarrassing smells so that you can feel fresh and in control when you’re twirling across a practice room or doing the splits.

It’s totally okay to sit this one out

It might sound crazy, but doing exercise will actually make you feel way better when you’re on your period. Exercise will improve your mood and reduce your stress because it basically increases the happy hormones in your brain. It also helps you to fight menstrual headaches and bloatedness. Sounds great, right?

But sometimes, no matter how badly you want to join in with your gymnastics or dance practice, your body just won’t let you.

Period cramps and heavy flows can be the worst, so you just need to trust your gut and do what you need to. Sometimes this just means curling up at home with a chick flick (here’s our list of best chick flick movies for inspiration) and having some you-time.

Doing gymnastics or dance while you’re surfing the crimson wave doesn’t have to be a nightmare. Choose the option that best suits you — although the Knixteen bikini briefs are our fave, obvs! I mean, they’re seamless, breathable and period-proof — what’s not to love?!

So what are you waiting for, girl? Get out there and SLAY.

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  • you can buy the outfits beyoncé’s backup dancers wore

    We’re still recovering from Beyoncé’s Coachella performance. Queen Bey delivered a barrage of iconic pop moments, from stepping with over 100 dancers to floating above the 90,000+ festival crowd. One of our many favorite wardrobe moments was the opening of the show: Beyoncé and her dancers marching out like a royal procession, decked out in African-inspired stage outfits. Want to replicate the pride-infused looks? Well, you’re in luck. The brand behind the dancers’ “King Tut” bodysuits released them online Tuesday morning.

    Don’t worry, unlike Beyoncé’s haute couture outfits, these bodysuits are relatively affordable. Black Milk Clothing is selling the swimwear for $77USD. If you’re reading this too late and the bodysuit has already sold out, there’s plenty of other Egyptian-leaning pieces to grab from the Australian brand. Its new “Desert Queen” collection features hieroglyphic-print dresses, leggings, and leotards.

    A lot of effort went into curating the fashion for Beyoncé’s homecoming celebration. Olivier Rousteing, creative director of Balmain, designed bedazzled pieces for Beyoncé, her 200+plus dancers, and Kelly and Michelle of Destiny’s Child. “If I am being totally transparent, it is very, very rare in this kind of process to have so much communication with the artist and the ones closest to her on her team,” Rousteing said in an interview, speaking on the ambitious undertaking. “I was able to be in the room with her and she would give me direct feedback about how the lighting should hit the clothes, what the music had to emphasize about each look—I never had to guess what to do next.”

    You can purchase your very own Queen Bey-approved King Tut bodysuit here.

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    Woo!Are you a prisoner of your own self-image?It’s time to…break out!Are you ready?♫ (Leotard March) ♫Hi!♫ (Leotard March) ♫There’s absolutely nothing wrong with being a large woman!Woo-hoo!That’s all right.Hoo!Our main goal is not for you to lose weight.We believe that you can be large and wear some sort of leotard.MAKE ‘EM QUIVER!If you don’t have a leotard……DON’T EXERCISE!Die.Woo!Our exercise tape is different than all other exercise tapes!Our main goal is to get you the leotard.You need to know how to wear some sort of leotard.It changes the way you feel about yourself.We wear clothes that are unstylish,uninsurable, unattractive,and even unemployable!AHHHH!There’s one last thing:The Leotard.Die.I have redesigned my body.Look at me!No one cares!Listen to your leotard!I’m no longer on ANY medication!Yelling helps you breathe.EVERYONE thought we were crazy!Woo!We withdraw from that society and we hide in our homes!Well, look out, world!It’s worked for usand it can work for you. Hi, my name is Rachel Youens. I’m a freelancefashion writer, and the owner of AustinStyleWatch.com,a street fashion site,and today, we’re goingto talk about an unsightly problem that unfortunately,a lot of women have,and that’s camel toe,and if you don’t know what camel toe is, toput it delicately, it is the cleavage leftin your crotch area, in pants, so in orderto prevent this, your first tip is going tobe an easy one,and that’s to wear pants thataren’t too tight. When you’re looking forjeans and pants, make sure you get some witha lot of room in the crotch, and understandably,there are some pants this is unavoidable with.Namely, leggings, or really tight elasticpants. The problem seems to be exaggerateda little more, when you wear things like reallysheer underwear, or if you have a BrazilianFull Wax. It tends to exaggerate it a littlebit more, but if you’re wearing pants, andyou have a Brazilian Wax, and there’s a wayyou can avoid it. I’m going to teach you atechnique, to kind of cope, so what you’regoing to need, is a thin maxi pad with wings,a pair of scissors, and a piece of card stock.Today, we’re going to be using just one ofthe pieces out of a magazine, a mailer. Youcan also use a small piece of cardboard orthick paper, so what we’re going to do, isopen our maxi pad, and you want one with wings,if at all possible, and what you’re goingto do is, and sometimes your maxi pad willbe enough to cover, but for some people itmight not be quite thick enough,so what you’regoing to do, is you’re going to take yourcard stock, and cut it to about the same widthas your maxi pad,and then you’re going to take it, and putit in the crotch of your panties. You’re goingto put the card stock down first, and thenthe maxi pad over it, and the bottom of themaxi pad won’t be sticking to the panties,that’s why we’re getting the ones with wings,so that the wings will wrap around the panties,and the card stock will follow along the crotchline, so basically, this is going to be yourlittle tool, to block between the world, andyour camel toe, so camel toe hiding device.This has been Rachel and this is how to hideyour camel toe. ♪ (punk rock) ♪(Finebros) So this episode,you are NOT reacting to a video.What’re we doing?(Finebros) Today, you are reacting to fashion.Fashion?Ooh. That’s interesting.To fashion?! Why would youhave me react to fashion?- I can do this! Okay.- (Finebros) 1980’s fashion.Uh, alright then.Oh no! I hate the ’80s.Sweet!Isn’t that, like, hippy?It was very neon.There’s some ’80s fashionthat is really fun,like the ’80s movie’s fashion.My mom has Flash Dance.My dad has The Breakfast Club.♪ (punk rock) ♪(Finebros) What do you know about ’80s fashion?Absolutely nothing.I don’t know anything about that.’80s fashion is what hipsters are wearing today.The headbands across,with the leotards and the colored tights.Women in blazers all the time. Awful!Shoulderpads. Awful.(Finebros) First off, one of the biggest trends in the ’80sfor women, clothing that had built-in shoulder pads.Did they play football in the ’80s?That’s actually cute.Benny, this is yours, right?It’s kinda weird. It looks like you’re wearingthe coat hanger with your coat.I think that girls should look dainty and cute,and not like–(laughs)I think it would be really weird to feel, like…If you just had your arm around a girl, and it’s just pad.- (Finebros) Go ahead and try it on.- (whispers) Oh god.You just want me to wear women’s clothing, guys.I think I could pull it off.I feel powerful.I feel like a man.I feel like a governor.I feel like a newswoman.Like, ‘Hello! Channel 4 News.’Who thought of this idea, to do that?Like, ‘Oh, let’s be like football players.Let’s be powerful.’Didn’t Madonna do that?Madonna definitely did this.(Finebros) So here’s an image of some celebrities of the era,- all in shoulder pads. – Fashion’s weird, man.I don’t like it.Two thumbs down.They look like the people in my textbooks, man.That’s from Ferris Bueller.There’s Princess Diana.Oprah Winfrey, I don’t know why she’s wearing a yellow stripe.You’re not an astronaut or Zenon.(Finebros) Why do you think this was a thing in the ’80s?You tell me!I don’t know.I wasn’t alive in the ’80s.I don’t even know. I didn’t know shoulder pads were that serious.Maybe it made their waists seem more smaller.Maybe it makes their heads look smaller?I don’t know. (laughs)Women were becoming more active in business,and they wanted to show that they were capable,and they wanted to show that they were–not masculine, necessarily–but could handle the same things as men.(Finebros) Well, one of the reasonswas a movement called Power Dressing.Power Dressing.Sounds so awesome.(with emphasis) Power Dressing!(Finebros) Women wanted to show that they were capable in society,- so they wanted to look more masculine.- Okay, that makes sense.When I put it on, it makes me feel powerful.I think women can be as powerful as men without makingthemselves look like men.I don’t think you need shoulder padsto make you, you know, feel powerful.(Finebros) You don’t feel more powerful right now?Actually, I kinda do.I’m not gonna lie. (laughs)(Finebros) Everything they madecame with shoulder pads,- including t-shirts!- You’re not serious.A t-shirt with shoulder pads.What?This looks so stupid.Why? Why? Why?I want to try everything on.This is fun. It’s like a fashion show.This is so ugly!I would never wear this.This needs to be burned.No! I don’t feel powerful in this.(Finebros) Another trend was the fitness boom.I have a horror story.I walked into my mom’s closet one time,and I saw so much neon, like fitness clothing.I was so scarred.- (Finebros) Here is an example.- Sick.I’m not gonna lie.I like those pants.God, the leg warmers!I forgot about leg warmers.They’re horrible.People would wear this on a daily basis,not just when they’re working out?It just seems like a whole generationthat was so lost.These all look like pictures of my mom in the ’80s.My dad had one of jackets,and he still wears it.- (Finebros) So we have some of this.- Oh?Do I get to wear them?(Finebros) So we have some windbreaker suits.Oh no, these are so disgusting.People wore this?This is like a Halloween costume.I feel like this is kind of coming back.Do I look good?No! You can’t…do this to yourself.- (Finebros) There also was leg warmers.- Oh yeah! (laughs)I love leg warmers so much.This is as hipster as it gets.These are actually really comfortable.I want a pair of these now.I actually wear some to school.These are still in today.- (Finebros) We have headbands. – Oh, joy! We get four of ’em.I’m gonna keep this forever.I gotta be as ’80s as possible.Alright. (laughs)Breaking a sweat, React in the day!(Finebros) Scrunchies that girls used to love.Scrunchies aren’t terrible.I’m okay with scrunchies,unless they’re neon…and they’re neon.I’m gonna look back at this in ten yearsand I’m gonna be like,’What was I doing?!’But you know what?Whatever. I was I gonna say, ‘YOLO!’But I’m not a 13 year old boy.- (Finebros) And there was also zubaz.- Zubaz?This sounds amazing.(laughing)Are they sweatpants?I would totally wear these.Dude! I’ve seen my dad with these.Where did you guys even find this stuff?That’s what I’m concerned about.(Finebros) Put on the windbreakerand the Zubaz.Yeah. I like this one.How do I look? (laughs)These are amazing!Seriously, these are awesome!Let’s do it!Why? How?’80s! I’m so happy right now.I feel like the douchebag in every ’80s movie.Come at me!I’m single! (laughs)(Finebros) So, last but not least,who could forget the greatest trend- in the ’80s history?- I’m scared.No!Why was this ever a trend?Yes! Fanny packs.Yeah! I have three of these.Here we go.I’ve never put one on,but I’ll figure it out.These are actually pretty practical.I hate people that on fanny packs.(Finebros) What do you think of the loud colors of the ’80s?It’s not for me.They were very loudand eccentric back then, weren’t they?We’re more subdued now.I love it.It’s so fun.As a person that dresses in black almost 24-7,this is a fun change!I love it. (laughs)But that’s coming from me,who has no fashion sense whatsoever.(Finebros) Can you talk about whyyou think fashion trends even happen?Why is something that is cool not always cool?Maybe because people realize how stupid it is.’Cause they’re horrible.Each generation sees their parents in things, and they’re like’Ew! I don’t want to wear those.’If I saw my mom in zubaz, this would be the geekiest thing I’d ever seen.But now that I’m wearing it, I love it.You can’t wear the same thing forever.It has to change up,and then it comes back.This is creative.That’s all what fashion is,just creating art.(Finebros) What fashion trend todaydo you think would be laughed at- 30 years from now.- Ugs.Man tank tops.Skinny jeans!Animal prints on things.I think shorty shorts,like girls shorty shorts.Wearing leggings and tights as pants.They’re NOT pants!You can see everything!(Finebros) Finally, do you prefer fashion today, or do you wishyou could’ve been around in the ’80s?Do you see how good these look on me? (laughs)Of course I wish I was in the ’80s.I would totally rock the ’80s fashion.God, please take me back to the ’80s.I need all of this.I’m going thrift shopping–I swear to god,I’m not even joking.I don’t want to wear these fashions of the ’80s.I want to wear Guns N’ Roses fashion.- Ooh, yeah! I could rock that.- (Finebros laughs)Oh, definitely today.(whimpering)It looks like a bunch of highlighters threw up!Thanks for watchingthis fashion-tastic episodeof Teens React!Let us know what in the commentswhat fashion trendwe should react to next.Also, don’t forget to subscribe to the React channel.There’s new videos over there every single week.(singing) Don’t you forget about me.Don’t, don’t, don’t, don’t!♪ (punk rock) ♪ For this tutorial you will need a long tank topthat has the same length as mine or longerUse a underwear you likePay attention to the shape of your topThe widest part is where you need to focus on that is the part where you need to cutFirst cut the shape of the back because that is bigger than the frontunless you want a thong than do it the other way aroundCut two slits. Add seam allowance if you want and clean finishOutline the front panel with pins. Place your fingertip on the hemline and pull the fabric away.Take out the pins and pin only the front of the topTake out the pins again, then pin both sides so it doesn’t move around when your cutRepeat the same steps for the back. After try on the bodysuitOfficially in bodysuits the front panel is shorter than the back. I left it for what it wasI decided to cut off more cause I wanted more sexappealhem edges with a straight or zig-zag stitchIm sewing it together by overlapping just to make it more realisticOr you can sew it together like soOptional press button. I didn’t do it because I didn’t felt like it Corrie’s Catherine Tyldesley suffers wardrobe malfunction in skintight lycraThe actress, who has just left her role as Eva Price in Coronation Street, suffered a bit of a wardrobe malfunction in her snug gym wear.The star took to her Catherine Tyldesley Instagram page after her latest gym session.This saw the blonde posing in a tight orange lycra top, which put rather a lot on show.Catherine, 34, teamed this with black leggings, meanwhile she wore her golden locks tied back.Related Articles Catherine Tyldesley teases ‘tight booty’ in cut-out outfit Catherine Tyldesley sizzles in plunging bikini: ‘Curves in all the right places’ Brooke Vincent ditches bra in paper-thin dress.“Surely you can’t expect people not to mention the nipples?” Instagram user The Manchester lass posted the photo as part of a split picture of an older image of herself to show off her weight loss.She told her 426,000 followers: ‘Nearly there! This was April after my injury vs today at almost the end of 12-week programme with Evil Steve.’Super excited to continue on my fitness journey.Feeling strong.’. Another added: ‘Stunning woman inside and out.Looking strong and beautiful girl.’ However, others couldn’t help but comment on her wardrobe mishap, with one writing: ‘It looks a lot colder now.’.Another asked: ‘Surely you can’t expect people not to mention the nipples?’ Catherine recently left her role as Eva so that she could go travelling with husband of two years Tom Pitford and their son Alfie, 3.We are definitely more than a bit jealous, we have to say.

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