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There’s no uniform for figure skating, is there?

Unless you’re involved with a synchro team during competition season, there’s no official skating uniform you need. That being said, there is such a thing as appropriate skating attire. Jeans, for example, are not suitable for figure skating. The denim fabric that jeans are made from does not allow the skater to achieve the optimal range of motion the sport requires. Jeans can also get and stay wet which makes for an uncomfortable skating experience.

There are a ton of options for you to wear, but the general rule of thumb is to wear an outfit that is form fitting so your coach can easily assess your body alignment. Snug fitting clothes also have the added benefit of retaining body heat and keeping your warm on the ice.

I’ve compiled a possible (though certainly not exhaustive) list of appropriate figure skating attire below for easy reference. What I’ve found, through the years, is that skaters who come to the rink dressed appropriately often feel more connected to the larger figure skating community. And it’s a great feeling to know you are part of a collective that shares your passion.

For Boys/Men For Girls/Women
–        Gloves

–        Skating socks

–        Your skates

–        Pants (skating specific, which are often lined and more durable than traditional athletic wear)

–        Comfortable shirt (short or long sleeve, preferably moisture wicking)

–        Jacket (if the rink is chilly)

–        Gloves

–        Skating socks

–        Your skates

–        Pants (skating specific, which are often lined and more durable than traditional athletic wear) or skating skirt

–        Comfortable shirt (short or long sleeve, preferably moisture wicking)

–        Jacket (if the rink is chilly)

–        Practice skating dress (the classic, traditional standard for women in the sport)

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