Tango Dresses - What Clothing to Wear to Dance Tango?
While tango was originally born as the music of the underprivileged in the
working class districts of the Buenos Aires in Argentina and Montevideo in
Uruguay, in the early years of the 20th century this musical and dancing
style managed to reach Argentinian upper class, which quickly disseminated
this unique dance to the entire world. They managed to achieve this feat by
promoting it first in the fashion centers of the world such as Paris,
London and New York. There, tango became the couple dance that everyone
wanted to learn. In the year of 1913, the tango became a worldwide
phenomenon. Europe was especially enchanted with it, with new fashion
styles emerging that helped youth to break the chains of Victorian fashion and embrace new
clothing paradigms. That year tango was danced in Tango Teas at the Waldorf
Hotel in London, new fashion styles emerged from Tes Dansants in Paris, and the grand Tango ball held in Selfridges
department store in the United States was later recalled as one of thelargest fashion events of the season. In 1913, first proper “tango dresses” (known as “Tango Visite”) started being made and promoted. They were
light, colorful, and featured loose transparent bodice and skirt that
was shortened to the mid-calf
Tango was danced by many, but it was also attacked by many who did not
approve of its extravagant fashions of clothing. Tango arrived just in time
when Victorian “restrictive” fashion style was moving away from popularity,
most notably female items such as hooped skirts and tight corsets.
Historians have recorded that Parisian
women gladly stopped wearing corsets so that they could freely dance
(although for many years, female tango dances performed to wear a
slimmed-down version of the corset that allowed them to perform many tango
dance moves). These changes fueled the negative voices, who
described tango dance, tango music and most loudly, tango fashion as
too revealing, vulgar and indecent
. But of course, fashion styles and social circumstances changed, enabling
tango to become embraced all around the world.
Other parts of female Victorian fashion quickly followed the fate of
corsets. For example, before the arrival of tango females preferred to wear
elaborate hats with large brims and decorations that flowed away from the
hat (such as large feathers) and sweeping across the front of the face of
the wearer. While these hats were beautiful, they were an obstacle to the
dance, and the fashion quickly changed, allowing women to wear vertical
hats that allowed for close embrace during tango dance. Dresses also
changed significantly, with more open skirts becoming more favorable,
especially those who have more opened front sections which allowed for
Tango mania of early 20th century touched almost every part of fashion
clothing, including shoes, stocking, dresses, hats
and everything else. For many years, the official color of tango dance
clothing was orange, which is a theme that managed several times to come
and go away from fashion to this day. Today, one of the most popular colors
for female tango dresses is red, while men’s clothing is black or white.
Tango Clothes for Women
Tango is a sensual and passionate dance, and the woman's clothes reflect
this. Women’s clothes should always strive to be elegant,
but the greatest amount of customization allows each dancer to customize
their clothing to fit their needs best. In its most basic form, female
tango clothing needs to be light, comfortable and to provide easy movement that includes intertwining of feet
of both dancers.
The most important part of the apparel on women dancers is, of course, the
type of dress, which first needs to be comfortable, and then it needs also
to be able to provide a proper amount of movement that the dancer desires.
Traditionally, early tango dresses were long, but over
time they become more and more shorter.
Today, women tango dancers can even pick very short dresses and skirts
One of the primary element of every tango dress is elegance. Women can
often pick tango dresses to serve a dual purpose - to be used for dancing,
and to be worn when going to parties and social events. Majority of
traditional tango dresses can fulfill both those needs.
, tango dresses often have asymmetrical hemlines and many
of them with various adornments on fringes and crochet. Most dresses have open tops that show cleavage. These dresses are regarded
as very sensual, and dancers often spend a lot of time picking a right
dress that best fit them. On most occasions, female dancers prefer not to wear strapless dresses that
allow slit to move too high during energetic dance moves. Tight dresses are
The dress material is also very important, with best dresses being the ones
that do not elevate heat levels during a dance, and who are soft and loose
enough not to cause skin issues.
As for accessories, female dancers are encouraged not to wear elaborate
designs too long dresses that may cause them to trip or to become entangled
with their dance partners. This includes accessories such as chains, large
hats or heavy and rough-edged objects.
The most extravagant and flashy tango clothes are worn by dance pairs in
competitive ballroom tango dance scene.
Tango Clothes for Men
Men’s tango clothes
are much more subdued and closer to regular clothing items
than with females. Men dancers usually prefer to wear anice and elegant shirt and pants combination ( straight cut), made from materials that best fit the need
of the dancer. Silk shirts are very popular, but other
materials are also common.
In addition to this, men can also enhance their appearance or style with
the presence of various accessories which include things such as vests, suspenders, and hats. The most stylish presentation
is of course achieved if men’s clothing does not clash with the look of his