Tango clothing. What kind of clothing men should wear for dancing Tango
I am often asked what kind of clothing I recommend for dancing Tango.
Actually I´m not a friend of dress codes and if you come to La Rogaia for a Tango holiday you´ll find out that I never criticize somebodies outfit unless I am asked for my opinion.
That said what would I tell you?
Look, the ladies are mostly dressed very nicely to Tango and we shouldn´t offend them by dressing like bums.
So brush yourself up, get some decent clothing. You can wear something casual but never go to dancing Tango negligent about your outfit.
Unfortunately still to many men don´t care to much about their appearance (It´s a little bit different here in Italy. Italians by culture and education have an almost natural feeling for it. Even if you compare an Italian and an English punk you will at once see the difference:-).
Okay, what else? Well, I would never ever wear shorts or pirate style knee long trousers when I go out for dancing Tango, no matter how hot the sun shines.
One reason is that I think it looks pretty ridiculous for dancing Tango.
The other reason is that I don´t have the stature and nicely formed legs of a trained ballet dancer (indeed few Tango dancers have).
Therefore I use every trick to make my steps appear more elegant.
Wide cut trousers made out of soft falling good cloth will pronounce the clear elegant line of your legs (given that you stretch your legs almost a little bit:-).
Tight jeans (or other tight pants) with bulged out knees definitely don´t look good.
Some men wear Tango trousers which extremely wide legs (Looking a bit like elephants feet).
I think this is a little bit exaggerated (but that´s a question of your personal taste). I would be afraid to get my or my partners feet caught in these extra wide trousers.
I prefer to wear a jacket when I go to a milonga, a Tango ball or even a public practica (hardly ever while attending a Tango workshop) .
I think it looks more elegant and though I am lucky not to sweat a lot, even in case I do, my partner will not feel it.
Normally none of my Tango clothing is very tight fit. I want to look elegant of course. But I also want to feel comfortable.
If it is not to hot I wear a scarf (traditional for Tango dancers) or a cravat and if I want to look even more dandy I put a flower in the button hole of my jacket collar.