Capezio – the gateway leotard

I could easily spend a small fortune on leotards.  I quickly jumped on the leotard and tights band wagon as soon as I realized I was enrolled in a ballet class.  Some people cringe at the thought of climbing into a skin tight leotard.  I love it.  Not that I’m the thinnest or tiniest person in the room, but I do love everything about the “ballet class look”.  Lately, I’ve been switching it up between a black cap sleeve Capezio leotard and a burgundy version of the same style.  They were moderately priced, comfortable, and easy to find on Amazon.  I would also recommend them to any adult beginner hesitant to go the leotard route.  The Capezio tank style is also quite comfortable.  These are great starter leotards and perfect if your class has a strict dress code; however, I find myself seduced by ballet wear.  The plain Capezio styles just arouse my leotard appetite.  The standard dancewear sites offer the usual, a smattering of colors and styles, but I am looking and hoping for more.  After I spent an entire night combing the internet, I found a few sites that are heads and shoulders above the rest.  They are presented below in the order in which I found them.  The tricky balancing act – how to wear some of these leotards without looking like a complete wannabe that is over doing it.

Eleve Dancewear
Custom designs that are thoughtful and different.  The dancers modeling the leotards are beautiful.  I have to keep reminding myself that just because I buy one of these leotards does not mean I will instantly look like these women.  These are the first leotards I’ve seen with the option of patterned nylon or patterned mesh fabric.  I’m really impressed by the variety of different leotard style designs, not just color/fabric options.  I only wish there was a virtual leotard, which could be updated as I make color/fabric selections.  The designs may be over the top for some classes and are not for wall flowers.  You will definitely be calling attention to yourself – but in a good way!!

Yumiko
Hot and minimalist custom leotards.  Created the rehearsal leotards worn by Mila Kunis and Natalie Portman in Black Swan.  Note the Black Swan versions are available by phone.
The “Wendy” style is probably my favorite.

WearMoi
The designs are pretty and delicate.  I read rave reviews on discussion boards. Although you can not customize the leotards, the styles are very sophisticated and perfect for the classical ballet class.

Degas
French ballet leotards that are refined and professional.  The sizing chart is a bit confusing.  I recommend calling customer service with sizing questions to get it sorted out right from the beginning.
The good news – if they do not have your size or color you can place a special order.  A great range of solid colors and I love the seam details on some of the bodices.  Reviews have mentioned that the tulle added to some styles is a bit itchy.

Let me know if you have any other favorites!!

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3 responses to “Capezio – the gateway leotard

  1. I totally understand your comment about “the ballet class look.”
    I am a guy and don’t quite have the choices that the ladies in class have. I too have gone the length you have and purchased what would be considered appropriate for a real, non adult beginner ballet class; tights, shoes, t-shirt. It felt strange when I was dressing in the bathroom before class, but as soon as I sucked it up and stepped out into to the lobby it felt completely normal. It’s a ballet school, people wear this every day, nobody cares.
    I think of it this way, sure you could wear flip flops and baggy sweats to play baseball, sure you might be comfortable, but it just isn’t the way it’s done.

  2. Another adult beginner here…nice blog and definitely stuff I can relate too VERY well. I also love dancewear, but just cannot make peace with leotards, I think because I am tall compared to regular people and freaking HUGE compared to dancers. Even XL leos feel like they are splitting me at the crotch and tend to “creep up” in the behind. I am tall but quite skinny, so the “girth” measurement is the only one that I even look at on the size charts. I’ve been wearing tights, camisole tank top, and booty shorts or a chiffon skirt…I just feel like 2-piece outfits don’t make me feel bisected. There are so many pretty leotards out there though…I like to window shop 🙂

  3. Hiya, another adult beginner! Totally with you on getting the right gear and I think I have the same cap sleeve leos, one in white and one in pink (they didn’t have black as they were on clearance, dead cheap though!)

    I felt like a wannabe at first as well, but then I thought about it and well . . . I am a wannabe, aren’t I?

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