Young dancers and aspiring gymnasts will look the part in pretty and practical gymnastics leotards. An essential element of any gymnast or dancer's wardrobe, boys and girls from age three and upwards can find the fit, fabric, shape and cut to suit them, whether it is to be worn for competition or training.
A leotard can catch the eye with sparkles and colours. They should also be comfortable, form-fitting, so that a teacher or judge can easily check how muscles and posture are being used, and flexible and durable so that it does not split while movements are being performed. Leotards with sleeves will provide more warmth whilst sleeveless ones are best worn to keep cool.
An aspiring Max Whitlock can choose his ideal leotard from brands such as Zodiac Leotards, which produces a ‘Prism' pattern leotard in grey, and CK Leotards which sells boys' leotards in various colours with a stripe print across the chest. Popular characters such as Minions and Spiderman can also be found adorning a boys' leotard.
For girls, there are practical long-sleeved Lycra leotards suitable for gymnastics, ballet and other forms of dancing, which are available in eight different plain colours, or they make an impression in sparkly sleeveless leotards in foiled pink, black, white, and navy.
UK-based company Vincenza Dancewear also has a selection of leotards suitable for girl dancers, gymnasts and rhythmic gymnasts aged from five to 15. These include sleeved and sleeveless leotards which can be bought in various colours, with metallic finishes or diamante detailing.
For something more special, a girl can display her name while she performs or practises with a personalised black leotard by brand Versany. This leotard is made of velour and elastic, with machine-cut diamante lettering for added sparkle.
The brand Milano Pro-Sport produce a line of high performing leotards for both children and adults. Made from nylon and spandex in a choice of shades, including platinum and cherry red with diamante detailing, these leotards are truly eye-catching.