Ballroom Dance > Smooth Dresses

Discussion in 'Ballroom Dance' started by Larinda McRaven, Nov 3, 2008.

  1. gracie

    gracie Active Member

    Very pretty. Is the accent color blue?
  2. tanya_the_dancer

    tanya_the_dancer Well-Known Member

    it's mint green.
  3. chachachikka

    chachachikka New Member

    Mermaid Skirts

    Yes, I believe that smooth skirts should look more figure flattering. I am not a fan of the large circle skirts that fly up when I spin. My favorite dress I ever wore for smooth was a very tight fitting around the hips and thighs that hugged partially down to my knees and then really flared out at the bottom, like the Mermaid Skirt effect, but with more wide legged opening up top. It was a great skirt because it felt like it really hugged my upper legs, but still allowed me to take a nice huge step. It hugged down a little further than that skirt in Larinda's picture, and didn't fly up quite as high but still out as much. When I spin I don't like to look like I'm wearing a very long tutu, but rather still show the feminine curves in my whole body as I'm turning. It makes me look longer and taller (and I'm short!) cuz those circle skirts make me look instantly shorter when I spin.

    I'm also a fan of matching arm bands for smooth gowns so to draw attention to my arms that also do movements that add to the overall dancing and visual. I hate gloves because they are just a pain to put on and wear and give me a different feel than all those practicing times without gloves, even if I prep the whole week before with gloves in practice, it just feels cumbersome.
  4. WestCoastWoman

    WestCoastWoman New Member

    Length/hemline for smooth dress

    I need to hem a dress to wear for a smooth comp. Where should the hemline be in relation to the floor?
  5. 3wishes

    3wishes Well-Known Member

    Welcome to DF WestCoastWoman! there are plenty of threads regarding costumes, hems, etc - use the search bar and type in your item question.
    As for me, in smooth, I perfer not to step on my dress as I lower, Ankle length is perfect for me.:nope:
  6. jjs914

    jjs914 Active Member

    The rep from the last dress company I bought from told me they usually hem to around the ankle bone.
  7. bia

    bia Well-Known Member

  8. latingal

    latingal Well-Known Member

    *grin* so nice to see people stepping in to help TC (and our other members) out with the links....thanks bia!
  9. danceronice

    danceronice Well-Known Member

    Just make sure you measure the hem while wearing your dance shoes. Otherwise you might be re-hemming at the last minute. (Ask me how I know.)
  10. Ron

    Ron New Member

    I will second that danceronice. Please wear your dance shoes when your designer is getting ready to mark the hem. And no, standing on your toes and guessing your heel height does not work. Shoes please.
  11. scullystwin42

    scullystwin42 Well-Known Member

    Bump! Quick question - got a new smooth dress, the designer added three armbands (wrist, elbow, bicep) per arm, each with a handkerchief float. I was planning to remove all of the floats and just use the armbands, but I'm wondering if I can get away with maybe one float at the wrist or on the bicep? (Sigh, i should really just do standard, since I love that dress style). let me know if i need to add a pic.
  12. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    depends on your routine...and level...usually those small floats are fine for syllabus...just dance in it w/ your pro and see if it is disruptive
  13. j_alexandra

    j_alexandra Well-Known Member


    Have been watching videos from the late 90s and even 2000, and skirts were still full, like REALLY full, with fullness from the waist, so that when the lady turned, the gown flared out like nobody's business. I cannot find any videos of Smooth from the early to mid 2000s, which seems to be When It Changed, and when Smooth gowns adopted the fitted-to-the-hips-then-flare silhouette of Standard gowns. (for that matter, I'm having a hard time finding Standard videos of When It Changed, b/c it changed around the same time, from what I can tell). (videos linked on the Men In Tails for Smooth thread:

    I am thinking about how much the change of skirts dictated the change in Smooth style, or if it was the other way around. Many, many Smooth gowns nowadays seem to be like long Latins with a bit more fullness, and that would follow nicely what appears to be the current thinking that Smooth is a combination of Standard and Latin.

    Can anyone suggest some YT videos as examples of how and when the style changed so much? I think I'm really looking for early 2000s, before 2007, in Smooth and Standard. I have feeble YT search skilz. Will be very grateful. TIA.
  14. Larinda McRaven

    Larinda McRaven Site Moderator Staff Member

    I have a few up to 2005 I have converted to digital... I will see if I can find one or two for you.
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  15. j_alexandra

    j_alexandra Well-Known Member

    Thank you so much, Larinda!
  16. architeuthis

    architeuthis Member

    Don't forget about how much lower the hem falls when you bend your knees - I just realized that 2 days before competition, with a dress that's at the perfect length while standing straight, but a bit too long for my comfort when I have my knees bent. It turned out to be fine at the competition, but I was always a little nervous about myself/someone else stepping on the hem.

    I'd like to hem it a little bit shorter but I'm not sure how to do that with the fishing line at the bottom.

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