Bold geometric prints have been seen all over the catwalk lately, with Prada in particular showing an eye-popping collection of coats, bags and shoes. Prints are a great way to add interest and colour to a basic outfit, which is ideal for dancewear (where you can’t exactly accessorize with a fabulous bag!). Leotards and loose tops would work well in a geometric print, or you could opt for a plain item with a panel or two of a geometric print – a good option for those who aren't brave enough to go for the full look! If you’re unsure, go for simple colours initially.
Seen on catwalks and celebrities for a few seasons now, colour blocking is an easy way to add an injection of creativity into your dance wardrobe. Ideally, you’re looking for bright jewel-like tones, such as green, blue, purple, pink or red. If you really want to make a statement you can clash your colours (a pink leotard with a red jacket, for example), but if you’re not that confident choose complimentary colours. Purple and blue work well, and you should stick to two or three main colours to avoid looking like a paint box! There are lots of bold one-colour dance items available, so this is an easy trend to mix and match with just a few new items.
Don’t be afraid of a stripe – they can actually be incredibly shaping, and since Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs and Oscar de la Renta have all shown them in their spring collections, you’ll be in good company with all the stripy ladies and gents out there. If you’re not brave enough to go for a bold striped top or leotard, choose accessories that feature a stripe like these cute legwarmers, to give a nod to the current trend.