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A query for those of you who are avid adult ballet dancers and/or lovers of dancewear! I'm sure this has been asked many times but I did a quick search and couldn't find the answer...

 

My adult ballet class only ever seem to be able to get black dancewear and the class looks like a funeral gathering! They're all sick of it and would love to be able to get leotards and skirts that fit the average womanly figure (size 12/ 14/ 16/ 18) with bust support or that can be worn with a bra. I'd also be interested in a long-ish wrap skirt that actually wraps around my post-lockdown tummy! All the 'one size' skirts are designed for size 12 or smaller except a black one I found on Amazon which actually comes in XL.

 

Any ideas?! Thanks

 

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I'm fairly full figured and can relate to the difficulties in finding clothes.  I've given up on anything that has integrated bust support for my D cups.  I just wear a bra with the leotard and don't care if it's visible. 

 

Starlite does have a range of leotards etc in larger sizes up to xxl although I don't find theirs as comfortable as some others. There are a few in Capezio which I find good quality but smaller cut.  

 

There are a few on Amazon.  I've found a pink XL by a make called Bezioner on Amazon which is really pretty and a cream one by a make called Inlzdz with a lace top.  It takes a lot of looking around but it's possible.  

 

@balletgremlin made me a lovely long wrap skirt with beautiful pink ribbons and will customise things. 

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Oh dear! I have just had a look at the Revolution page on Dance Direct’s website which was where I bought mine. Only three of their leotards aren’t black. I’m sorry not have better news. 

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I’d love to find a large or XL size that isn’t then over long in torso length...swimwear & dance wear assumes if you are large you are also tall.....I’m not🙁. We’re talking classic Apple shape....and post lockdown with zero exercise now more of a Toffee Apple!!! 

Maybe the clothes ranges that do petite could add more fitness too to take into account the vertically challenged who want to get fit! 

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couple of blog posts on the topic   and while both the authors in question happen to be trans ... 

https://sophiedancer.co.uk/2016/12/09/adult-attire/

https://www.agirlreconstructed.com/2019/01/adult-ballet-attire-for-none-typical.html

and both these blog posts   predate   raiding the soDanca catalogue  who also make leotards up to a size '7'   (although not necessarily imported  by the UK distributor as stock)

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20 hours ago, drdance said:

My adult ballet class only ever seem to be able to get black dancewear and the class looks like a funeral gathering!

 

I'm a "street size" large 10 (for H&M clothes, don't know if they do vanity sizing ...) but really a 12, and have sometimes been 14 or 16. Even at my heaviest, I found the website Dance Direct a good place for leotards - and the brand "Plume" does a range that is priced well, and their Large or XL in fairly basic designs (long sleeved scoop neck, high back, for example) come in colours other than black - although admittedly dark blue, maroon/claret ... They have built in bra "shelves" which are fine for me, but for those who need more bust support than I do, may not be enough. But most of them you could wear a bra underneath. They're built for adult female bodies with waists and hips, so I find the width across the back of the hips & buttocks is good (that's my bugbear - the cut at the back not being generous enough!) and they cut in for the waist.  Plume does a nice cotton/lycra mix, as well as the nylon/lycra/spandex mix.

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Degas leotards are beautiful and come in lots of different colours and many of the styles are higher on the back so can be worn more easily with a bra. The largest size must be somewhere around a 16 if you’re short to average height. Black does hide the lumps and bumps and perspiration marks well though! 

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16 hours ago, drdance said:

There's definitely a gap in the market for someone enterprising and knowledgeable!


I had suggested this a while ago to someone  else who frequents here occasionally who has in interest in a dancewear retailer  and  is  difficult  to find  stuff sized ... - as they  were setting up their  e-commerce side , i did day why not re-skin and have a site that specialised in 'real people' sizes ... 

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6 hours ago, Jan McNulty said:

I don't know if anyone will find the news of this newly launched brand will help:

 

 

we'll see what their range offers I know HB has been consulting for them on design ... 

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