What kind of clothing women should wear for dancing Tango

What kind of clothing women should wear for dancing Tango

Tango lessons. A nice option for Tango clothing,: Dress at knee-lenght combined with leggings

A nice option for Tango clothing: Dress at knee-lenght combined with leggings. Ready for the Tango lesson

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 say a word about somebodies outfit unless I am asked for my opinion.

So what would I tell you?

Ladies dancing Tango use to be dressed very nicely and I certainly know less about Tango fashion than most of them. So I will limit myself to give some more technical counsels about the right clothing for dancing Tango.

Many tango ladies today wear long wide trousers with slits and/or trousers with ribbons swinging around the ankles. This looks nice but time and again creates problems while dancing Tango because they get easily caught in their own heels. Especially when the heels are high.
Actually I see it happen almost every time I go out dancing Tango.

Same thing is valid for very long dresses or skirts. You can get your feet trapped fairly easily (Unless you dance Tango really slow).
Apart of this it may happen that other dancers step on your dress while you are dancing Tango in a milonga. Something you definitely don´t want to happen.

I certainly would lie if I told you that I don´t like the sight of women in tightly fitting stretch dresses or tight mini skirts.

Yet I do not recommend that kind of clothing for dancing Tango, because they block your freedom to move unless they are extremely short.
Any clothing that doesn´t give you freedom to move comfortably is not really fit for dancing Tango.
Better are wider skirts or dresses at about knee-length that swing freely or tight classic Tango dresses with the famous Tango slit which are probably the most elegant for dancing Tango.

Another option of course are leggings plain or with lace which can be combined with short but not to tight dresses or skirts.

Last not least any trousers made from soft falling fabric are fine as long as they are comfortable and do not block your movement.

Tango clothing. Excellent for dancing Tango, the classical Tango dress with the famous Tango slit

Tango clothing. Excellent for dancing Tango, the classical Tango dress with the famous Tango slit

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2 Responses to What kind of clothing women should wear for dancing Tango

  1. According to the legend it was a lady that, tired of being obstructed in her tango dancing for her skirt, with the knife of one of the dancers (it was very common in those days to carry a knife to the milongas) made a slit on each side of her skirt!!
    That lady’s name was: CARMENCITA CALDERON, the late partner of “El Cachafaz”

    • Wolfgang says:

      Thank you Orlando,

      I had heard of this before. I think Ruben Terbalca or Nestor Ray told me the story years ago but I obviously had forgotten about it.
      Now that you tell us I remember it.
      Legend or not, it´s a wonderful anecdote about Tango and passion, and – about feeling comfortable and free to move.

      With kind regards
      Wolfgang