What to Wear Skating
The key to “dressing for success” in figure skating is to look nice and neat. Below are some guidelines for boys and girls.
Rule of thumb: Form-fitting clothes that stretch are better than tight, restrictive or oversized clothes that restrict movement. An instructor/coach needs to see a skater’s body alignment to give proper advice and feedback about technique, so form fitting clothing that allows for movement is better.
- Please wear a skating dress/skirt and beige-colored tights for practice, or skating pants and a skating jacket. Try to keep boots clean, or wear boot covers/over-the-boot tights to protect the boot’s finish.
- A nice sweater or snug sweatshirt can be worn over a skating dress; stay away from baggy “hoodie” sweatshirts. Even if it is very cold in the arena, do not allow your child to practice in a heavy or bulky coat.
- A girl’s hair should be tied back or put up. It is very important that hair be away from the face. If you are in a hurry, it is fine to quickly put your daughter’s hair in a ponytail. If her hair is very long, you may want to braid her hair or put it in a bun so that a long ponytail doesn’t distract your daughter as she spins and jumps.
- Hair in a neat ponytail is OK… However, a bun is preferred.
- Boys should wear black skating pants and a neat, plain-colored, long- or short-sleeved shirt and a nice sweater.
- Gloves are highly recommended.