What to Wear for Swing Dancing

14 January 2018

Swing dancing has been around since the 1930s and gone through many revivals over the years. Right now, swing dancing is a great way to combine a love for vintage style with keeping fit. Whatever your shape, style or preferred decade, here’s the Tiger Milly guide to some smart, chic and practical choices for your next swing dancing sesh. From 50s dresses to wide legged trousers, there’s so much swing dancing style you can play with.  


Although it is possible to swing dance in a pencil skirt with enough stride, for beginners we’d recommend opting for a classic flared shaped dress. Whether you want a 1940s style a-line or tea dress, a full 50s circle skirt or to keep it simple with trousers, Tiger Milly have options!


For extra comfort and security for dancing, opt for a dress with wide straps or sleeves to keep everything in place whilst you twist the night away. For fuller skirts like the 50s dresses, add a pair of shorts underneath to avoid unwanted mishaps when it comes to performing more energetic movements. To take a full skirt to maximum glam level, add a petticoat underneath for added fullness and swishy motion as you dance. We have some gorgeous 50s dress options from Collectif, Hell Bunny and Hearts & Roses London in stock right now.


For more styling options, why not opt for a skirt over a dress? With the added benefit of being able to pack a spare top for a post-dance refresh and endless print and colour combinations to experiment with.


Feel braver in trousers? High-waisted, wide-legged trousers are a great way to team practicality with vintage flair. Team with a tucked in t-shirt or blouse and channel your vintage vibes from the 30s to the 50s. Check out the Banned Party On Wide Leg Trousers, available in a range of colours to get this look.

The perfect shoes are key with dancing, many swing dancers prefer a low heel, but if you’re more comfortable in flats, ballerina pumps look perfect with this vintage look. For swing dance style, check out our range from Dancing Days


Show us your swing dancing style by tagging us on Instagram @TigerMillyUK and let us know what your styling tips for beginners would be!


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