Selecting an outfit for a night of dancing can sometimes be difficult. Here are a helpful tips to make the decision process easier. When dressing for dancing, consider not just appearance, but also the comfort and safety of you and your partner. What you wear should make it easy and enjoyable for you and your partner to dance. Here are a few suggestions...
Wear dance shoes - never sneakers, sandals, flip-flops, or shoes with rubber or spongy soles which can stick to the floor during turns and spins and cause ankle and knee injuries. If you don't have dance shoes, wear dress shoes with leather or another non-stick sole.
Ladies: avoid dresses with baggy sleeves, or sleeveless dresses cut low in the armpit. Your partner's hands may get caught in baggy sleeves, especially during fast swings or Latin dances, and it can be very embarrassing for a gentleman if his hand slides through an oversized arm hole and ends up inside his partner's blouse (no gentleman would do this on purpose, of course). Also, wear skirts or dresses which allow enough room to move comfortably. Avoid shirts, dresses or skirts that have sashes that tie in the front or back. They look adorable with tied in a bow, but are bound to come undone and get in the way while dancing. Leather pants or skinny jeans can restrict your movement and make it either uncomfortable or downright impossible to execute various patterns.
Gentlemen: don't carry loose change, keys, or other bulky items in you pockets while dancing. If you don't have a place to store them, carry them in the rear pocket of your trousers, where they are less likely to bruise your partner. And never dance with you cell phone, PDA, blackberry, tablet, pocket knife, or other tools and devices hanging from your belt - the Inspector Gadget look has no place on the dance floor, and it won't kill you to be off your electronic leash for a few minutes.
Take a little time when you're getting ready to go out and consider not just how you'll look, but how your clothing and accessories will affect your dancing.