What Do I Wear To Go Swing Dancing?
Common questions about swing dance clothing.
Once you found what you are looking for, use the AMAZON SHOPPING links to the right & below. –>

CLOTHES
FULL Article on Clothing Throughout The Years with Samples here.

Should you wear a Zoot Suit, Vintage Dress, Sailor Suit, Jean & T-shirt, Skirt, or Pants? The answer is YES and NO.

We all love to dress up and be snazzy, but you don't have to all the time. Our best answer is "what occasion are you dressing up for?"

1) WEEKLY LESSONS & DANCES

For your regular classes, we suggest you wear something from comfy & casual. Always bring a towel or extra shirts if you are prone to sweating. Plus deodorant!


Jeans, tshirts, slacks, polo shirts, button shirts & ties, blouse & skirt ... anything comfy.
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2) MONTHLY LESSONS/DANCES

For those Monthly Dances or Date-Nites, we suggest you wear some of your good looking outfits and dance in style.


Dresses, Skirts, Vintage Theme Clothing, Suit, Vest, Shirt, Ties, Suspenders, Zoot Suits, and all the accessories.
1940s Guys Outfit 1940s Girls Outfit


3) SPECIAL EVENTS, EXHIBITIONS, PERFORMANCES

many times we are asked to participate in Swing Themed event around town and show off. NOW it's time to break out that eye-popping snazzy outfit so people will notice your dancing and wonder what's up.

Even break out that neon Yellow Zoot Suit - like our buddy Chris!


Dresses, Skirts, Vintage Theme Clothing, Suit, Vest, Shirt, Ties, Suspenders, Zoot Suits, and all the accessories.
1940s Girls Outfit zoot suit

WE SUGGEST:

MENS BAGGY PANTS
Comfy and fashionable

MENS PINSTRIPE SUIT
The original gangster look.
Tommy Gun sold separately.

WOMENS
SKIRTS & DRESSES

Vintage replicas
at a fraction of the cost

 


SHOES - Full article on Shoes Here with examples
Our first answer: "Anything that slides on the floor". We LOVE to slide. It is best to have shoes with leather, felt or suede bottoms. You can also opt for gym shoes with zero tread or grip on the bottom.

PLEASE NOTE: DO NOT wear your outdoor shoes from the parking lot onto the dance floor. Outdoor shoes brings tracks in dirt, rocks, oils, water, and who-knows-what onto the dance floor. It's like trying to dance on sticky sandpaper. Remember, we love to slide.

PLUS - The dance floor costs thousands of dollars to install, and it is not good etiquette when you wear your street shoes that scratch and tear up the nice wood floor. bad juju.

And NEVER NEVER bring powder to put on the floor! NEVER!

MOST POPULAR!

SHOE BAG or BACKPACK

If you are new to swing, you'll notice that dance veterans will always have an extra bag with them that they carry their shoes in. The normal shoe bag carry your dance shoes plus extra items you will learn to keep handy: extra socks, clothes, mints/gum, a shoebrush, deodorant, and a towel.

WHERE TO BUY SHOES
1) Use the AMAZON SHOPPING links above to search for swing dance clothing & apparel.

2) Also try: Dancestore.com
DanceStore.com
located in the DC area. Reasonable prices.
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Make The Most Out Of Your Lessons
What to learn during classes
What To Wear?
Shoes? Clothes? A quick guide
Dancers Etiquette
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Class Descriptions
Descriptions of swing styles
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