From sparkly to plain shirts and trousers, hip hop dance clothing has an urban flair that is only occasionally slightly dressed up. Since the dancing itself originated in low income areas, on what can be termed "the streets," the clothing reflects this casual dress code. From krumping to turfing to flexing, all the derivative styles of hip hop also employ similar clothing. The clothes have one condition -- they must be easy to move around in, whether flexible or tight, in order to dance with them on.
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Trousers are generally made out of a jean material and are baggy on males -- enough so that they ride down to sit on the widest part of the butt. A belt is occasionally employed, but never tightened to hold the trousers up. Skinny low jeans have also become popular but usually are made from a stretchier material in order to dance in. Women often employ stretchy shorts in a variety of bright colours and patterns, called booty shorts, when dancing. However, if the costume is being worn by a young girl, it is more appropriate to dress her in baggy khaki trousers.
Undergarments are an important part of a hip hop dance costume as they often show due to low tops or baggy trousers. A leotard is usually used by women underneath their trousers and top, considering the trousers ride down often, and wear no top but rather just show the leotard on their torso. The undergarments worn by male dancers consist of boxer shorts, rather than briefs, with the colour and pattern carefully chosen as they often show while dancing.
Baggy is key to tops for hip hop dancers, especially for males. They allow free movement of arms and torso, as well as keep the body cool while dancing. Long, oversized T-shirts in an array of colours, or white, sleeveless undershirts are key to a costume. The leotard worn underneath trousers is usually used by women as their top.
Females often employ high heels with their costumes, while males often wear skater or running shoes, especially those who do break dancing. Long silver and gold chains are often worn by hip hop artists who are also in the rapping field, but less employed by dancers. Smaller chains and earrings may be worn, in gold or silver to add some sparkle to the costume without weighing down the dancer. Bracelets or bangles are often worn by female dancers. Hats are common for both women and men while dancing as well; typically baseball caps tilted off to the side.
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