Swing Dancing, especially the Lindy Hop or any upbeat swing dance of the 1940s and 1950s, requires loose and comfortable clothing to dance in. Women of the past didn’t wear special swing dance dresses since they already wore them on a daily basis. A free-flowing skirt attached to a form-fitting bodice and roomy sleeves made swing dancing a breeze. For practice, women also wore wide leg pants and sometimes high waisted shorts. An A-line skirt and blouse was a vintage casual pairing as well.
Today, swing dancers love to wear vintage or vintage inspired swing dresses, skirts and pants for dancing. Not only do I find vintage style dresses more comfortable to dance in than modern clothing, but they are also more fun. Do a swing out or spin and watch your skirt twirl! There is nothing quite like wearing vintage style clothing (and dance shoes) while vintage dancing : )
To help you find your perfect swing outfit, I pulled together these vintage inspired dresses from a few of my favorite online shops:
Swing Dance Dresses & Clothing