Great advice on your body shape and leotard. If you’re not really sure what sort of leotard might fit or look best – check out this video for some excellent advice on colour and style of leotard that may suit your body type and skin tone.
The original how to make lycra costumes and other stuff out of spandex – totally loving this series. See also part 2 of the same series. Well done!
Spandex: Fabric of choice for ridiculous (but awesome) comic book costumes. Photo by Black Vest Photography.
Pull up a chair, grab some coffee, and let’s chat about spandex. Spandex is an amazing fabric for both cosplay and everyday wear. It’s amazing for any project that needs a bit of stretch, whether you’re looking to turn yourself into a superhero or make a pair of sexy yoga pants.
Just to be upfront, I don’t feel particularly skilled at working with spandex. However, I have been dabbling with it for about a year now, so I thought I’d share what I’ve learned along the way.
First up, let’s talk terminology. Spandex (or elastine outside of North America) is a synthetic fabric known for its exceptional stretchiness. Many knit…
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For those who seek the ultimate freedom of movement, the leotard and or the biketard is second to none. But where do you buy one and what should you look for?
Both womens and mens nylon lycra and cotton lycra leotards can be bought online or at dance stores. There are many styles to choose from, including the biketard cut to the cheeky thong cut.
Such as the photo above at Eleve Dancewear, and the gallery below.
Personally I believe fit and comfort take priority. If you can’t go to the store, you need to make sure you will fit into it. Many suppliers will make you a custom lycra leotard or biketard, providing you are prepared to wait a few weeks and supply your measurements.
Usually each designer will ask you to measure your bust, waist and then the girth (length between the groin to top of the shoulder).
For vintage lycra male leotards they can be difficult to obtain, mainly due to the fact that they were around int he 1970’s and 1980’s, but there were more women’s leotards made.
The problem with male leotards is that they have such low demand for funky wayout colours that manufacturers only put out blacks, blues and browns. See below.
When you compare the range and type of leotards for women, its a good thing that leotards can be unisex and can be worn by men, women and children. There is a slight difference between male and female leotards, being the additional fabric in the front pouch area. However, if you are wearing lycra shorts or gym shorts over them, no one is none the wiser.
Stacey Holland transports us back to the 1980s with bright legwarmers and leotards. From Miss South Africa 2014.
These young women would not remember the 1980’s aerobics craze – however they do a fine job at impressing the judges.
Yumiko womens leotard review. This purple womens leotard is well made and the blogger reports some great made fabric. It was “expensive” but “well made”. Thanks to the Koolchicken for this post.
As promised here is my review of my new Yumiko.
First off is shipping- it took forever. They say to expect 4-6 weeks for construction and shipping but it was more like 8. Then, after all I paid they shipped it in one of those plastic bag mailers and it was just stuffed into a plastic bag with my name, the colors, size, and style number printed on it. I was so happy when I ripped open the package but after thinking about it I was pretty miffed. This leo was more than a hundred dollars, and they couldn’t even be bothered to fold it? So it arrived wrinkled and if it was handled roughly at all it could have been seriously damaged in shipping and I would have had to wait another two months for a replacement. I don’t think it would kill them to spring for a box…
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The Power of Women In Spandex– TPOWIS , is a great site for those that love to get some idea of what people can wear working out.
There is also a discussion board for those who enjoy wearing lycra and finding like mind lycra enthusiasts.
Next time you are thinking of creating an 1980 aerobics outfit, TPOWIS has lots of advertising and other scanned magazines of lycra exercise wear, unitards, vintage lycra leotards, vintage unitards, videos and other great lycra and spandex pictures.
The workout section has some great pictures of women working out in leotards, tights, unitards and a few other combinations. There are also a few pictures which feature male leotards and unitards, which were once a common place sight in the 1970’s and the 1980’s.
Check out The Power Of Women In Spandex site it’s worth a look.