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Dance Costumes on a Budget: How Color & Fabric Can Transform Any Look!

Posted by Stephanie on Sep 24, 2016

Vista Mesh Tee dance costume

We know that costume planning can be overwhelming! You want to find the perfect look for your team while still staying within budget. Sometimes staying within budget means you have to sacrifice finding a look that’s unique for your team, right? Wrong! Don’t sacrifice your style! Instead, find ways you can create your own look with existing styles by simply changing the fabric color!

The Power of Color

Color and fabric choice is everything when it comes to creating your own look! 

Think outside the box - maybe you just dislike the colors being used in the photo you see, instead of the style itself. If you adjust the colors and fabrics you see in the photo to something you prefer ... the style possibilities are endless!  You can create a completely new look, something unique to your team!   It's the easiest, quickest, and most cost effective way to create your own custom costume, at a fraction of the price of starting from scratch.

Take the Cleopatra costume, below, as an example - two very different looks created by a simple color change on a base styles. White and bright vs dark and glam!


Cleopatra Themed Jazz Dance Costume
These Cleopatra themed dance biketards look great in either light or dark colors!

Know Your Color Options

Most dance costume companies offer costumes in a few set color options, but others may also allow you to mix and match colors yourself, for a made-to-order style.  Often this option is available with a small fee, or even as a free upgrade!  Even if isn't on their website, call to as if it is a possibility! 

Look into the options for a selected style. Can you choose from a set amount of color schemes, or can you choose different colors for each part of the garment? Knowing all your options and narrowing down from there will help you decide if customizing colors on a dance costume will work for you. 

Vanna and Vanna Charlize dance costumes
Are you looking for bright tones or a more romantic look?

Know Your Fabric Options

Do your research on fabric substitutions too! Customizing your look isn't limited to color selection. There are also many types of fabric to choose from. Do you want a sparkly or matte look? Sequin encrusted or lace? Knowing the types of fabric available to you will help narrow down your color choice as well!  

A great example of how fabric can transform your look? Substitute a solid color for a sequin encrusted fabric, like below.  It can give an ordinary dance costume some phenomenal and sparkling stage presence!  

Tami Zsa Zsa Cheer Uniform and Dance Costume

Sequin encrusted Zsa Zsa fabric adds a little sparkle to this classic style!

Create a Color Pallete Ahead of Time

If you go into costume shopping with an idea of what colors you’re looking for, you can simply apply it to any costume! Find a silhouette and style that matches your theme and apply your colors!

Having trouble coming up with a color palette? Some of our favorite sources for color inspiration include:

  • Fashion magazines  - For the most current trends and curated style
  • Vogue.com -  For the latest runway collections
  • Pinterest - Thousands of pre-made color palletes at your fingertips
  • Other dance styles - browse until you find a color scheme that you like and apply that to your desired style!
Daveny, Halston, and Badgely Pastel Jazz Dance Costumes 

Daveny, Halston, and Badgely Jazz Dance Costumes

Go girly with pastels or go with a red/black combo for an edgier look!

Want to know which colors & looks are trending?  Check out this guide for some  inspiration:   2018 Ultimate Trends Guide - Dance >>

By using an already made pattern and choosing your own colors, you'll get a unique look without spending the extra time and money! 
Choice of color and fabric can truly change a whole look! Still not convinced? Take a look at some more examples below:

Countess Jaclyn Military Themed Dance Costume

St. Charles Dance Team chose red for their military themed dance top.

Octavia Open Front Skirt Lyrical Dance Costume

Go bold with a solid color and contrasting belt, or dark and dramatic with a black monochromatic look for your dance costume!

Prism Ensemble Lyrical Dance Costume
This Prism Ensemble dance costume looks dazzling with a contrast color sash or in a monochromatic color scheme!
Avery Lyrical Dance Costume

The Avery dance costume looks bold in burgundy or soft and delicate in pink! 
Floral Rose and Ombre Circle Skirt Dance Costume

Dye sublimated dance costumes have tons of options for color customization!

Giana Synchronized Skate Competition Dress

This synchronized skating dress has plenty of options for color customization with it's bodice, mesh skirt and blocking!

Twilight Ombre Skate Practice Dress
A dye sublimated ombre on a dance costume or skate dress is the perfect way to show off your team's colors!

Leda Synchronized Skating Dress

Patriotic, Jewel Tones, or Pops of Neon... What color combo works best for your dance or skate routine?

How will you create your own unique look by customizing your colors and fabrics?! 

Need help planning? Consider this FREE downloadable guide!

Custom Costume Budget Tips Guide - Free Download

Topics: Synchronized skating, Cheer, Pom & Gameday, Dance, Costume Design Resources, Budget Tips, Color Inspiration

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