Closet Tango Basics for the Social Tango Dancer

You’ve chosen the perfect outfit for that special milonga. The first tanda gets your adrenaline pumping and you feel the temperature rise. But by the end of the Tanda you’re hot and, of course, messy. You have to adjust your dress a few times or pull at your top and twist back your skirt before you start dancing again. Before the night is over, your top is all over the place, the below the knee hemline is now a mini and your underwear is well – a pain in the behind.

Many ladies already know the tango closet basics like wearing comfortable tango shoes with a dress or skirt with room for movement. But essentials also include what nobody can see: the proper under garments for dancing. Choosing the right under garment for your favorite Tango ensemble requires only a bit of planning ahead to avoid tango wardrobe malfunctions:

1. How to Avoid “The Nip Slip”

As our torso shifts so do our tops. Tops for Tango are best when they are form fitting at least around your chest. If you love to wear low cut, backless or cowl halter tops use breast Petals to cover the nipple. Fashion tape helps to make necklines stay in place but once the sweating starts, adhesives may not work. Another option for better support are Adhesive Cups.

2. How to Avoid “VPL”

Tango clothing is usually form fitting as it accentuates curves but unfortunately, unless it’s made to order; clothing may not fit perfectly. Avoid panty lines by making sure your underwear is the correct size. The smaller the underwear, the tighter the fit. Try a good fitting body shaper to smooth out body lines. Body shapers, Waist shapers and body slimmers are available in a wide array of styles from thongs and rompers to backless and low back options. Body shapers also keep dresses in place.  When choosing bodywear, make sure you think about the length of the leg to avoid them showing thru the slits on your skirts and dresses. Always wear underwear with skirts! Specially for Boleos, Ganchos and other Adornos.

3. How to Wear Backless Dresses

This is by far the most popular question I receive by customers when purchasing the Sabrina Low Back Dress. Here are some basic rules:

  • Cup size A-C: wear silicone cups or cup cinchers.
  • Cup size D or bigger: wear a bra converter or convertible low back bra.
  • If you must wear a regular bra: no matter what size you are have us customize your dress with a higher back.
  • Bralettes are also great choices for providing lift and adding great back detail to your dress.

Wearing tango apparel adds a twist of sexy to your mood, your style and your dance itself. The correct under garments will prevent common wardrobe malfunctions and add overall confidence on the dance floor.

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