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11 'Dancer Chic' Fashion Trends That Are Only Socially Acceptable In The Studio

All the things that make you go "Oh, they definitely dance."

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Dancers are a special breed, even when it comes to their fashion choices. In class and rehearsals, dancers have different needs for their bodies. They must keep their muscles warm in layers of clothing, but still have full mobility in their joints. This is where abnormal, unusual and downright weird clothing choices come into play. To dancers, their practice clothing is just an everyday appearance, but to anyone else, these trends are anything but trendy.

1. Trash Bag Pants/Shorts

While not made out of actual garbage bags, trash bag pants and shorts are a staple in the dance world. They trap warmth with elastic bands on the waist and the knee, but allow for full extension of the legs. But yes, they do look like part of a Pennywise costume.

2. Slicked-Back Hair

While eliminating loose hair is essential to avoid knocking other dancers out with long locks, hairstyles like this give you the world's largest five-head, created the illusion of male-pattern baldness. No amount of restorative shampoo will ever recover a dancer's hair from the amount of gels, hairsprays and clips necessary to create such a look.

3. Tights Over A Leotard

Leotards and tights are an obvious part of a dancer's uniform, but putting the tights over the leotard is a mark of a real professional who doesn't give a crap how many people stare at them to make sure they have pants on.

4. Puffer Vests, and that's all.

While these vests are trendy outside of the dance world, most people would wear them in the winter. With a long-sleeved shirt. And real pants. But in those cold and drafty theaters, puffer vests pair perfectly with just a bra top and shorts. Because sometimes you want only your torso to be toasty.

5. Knitted Pants

This weird legging/pant combo looks like it could have been pieced together by a homely grandmother who can no longer see well enough to find a good color scheme. These pants usually have stripes on them of all different sizes (don't ask me why, I don't know. No one knows.)

6. Knitted Shorts

Those oh-so-cute knitted pants also come in shorts! Similar to the puffer vest, this clothing item only warms up a very specific area of your body! So, if you're looking to keep your buns toasty warm this Nutcracker season, opt for the shorts!

7. Rompers

While rompers are definitely in style for the rest of the world, there is something about a dance romper that just isn't as...well...flattering. The pant legs are usually longer in length and cinched up at the bottom, making the rear end look 10x larger than it is. There is usually some additional gaping in the strap area, which means pulling up the straps for hours. No one is shaped like this. No one.

8. Thigh-High Leg Warmers

I mean, you could also just wear pants as a means to the same end, but who wants to be like everyone else when you could achieve that homeless cabaret performer look with these?!

9. Shrugs

Again, if you only need to warm up a ridiculously small portion of your body, look no further than the shoulder shrug. Your arms, palms, and half of your upper back will thank you.

10. Dance Studio Jackets

These jackets usually have too much bedazzling on the back to be suitable for outside wear, but expressing your home studio pride is all the rage at the barre...even if you haven't danced there in years.

11. Booties

Ya know what's hot? Feet that look like little mushrooms.

Dancer fashion will forever live in infamy among the general public, but dancers never get to go outside anyway, so it doesn't matter. All is well, and these fashion sins will stay confined to the studios in which they belong.

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PSA: Keep Your Body-Negative Opinions Away From Little Girls This Summer

But our own baggage shouldn't be shoved on to those we surround ourselves with.

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It's officially swimsuit season, y'all.

The temperature is rising, the sun is bright and shining, and a trip to the beach couldn't look more appealing than it does right now. This is the time of year that many of us have been rather impatiently waiting for. It's also the time of year that a lot of us feel our most self-conscious.

I could take the time to remind you that every body is a bikini body. I could type out how everyone is stunning in their own unique way and that no one should feel the need to conform to a certain standard of beauty to feel beautiful, male or female. I could sit here and tell you that the measurement of your waistline is not a reflection of your worth. I completely believe every single one of these things.

Hell, I've shared these exact thoughts more times than I can count. This time around, however, I'm not going to say all these things. Instead, I'm begging you to push your insecurities to the side and fake some confidence in yourself when you're in front of others.

Why?

Because our negative self-image is toxic and contagious and we're spreading this negative thinking on to others.

We're all guilty of this, we're with family or a friend and we make a nasty comment about some aspect of our appearance, not even giving a single thought to the impact our words have on the person with us. You might think that it shouldn't bother them- after all, we're not saying anything bad about them! We're just expressing our feelings about something we dislike about ourselves. While I agree that having conversations about our insecurities and feelings are important for our mental and emotional health, there is a proper and improper way of doing it. An open conversation can leave room for growth, acceptance, understanding, and healing. Making a rude or disheartening remark about yourself is destructive not only to yourself, but it will make the person you are saying these things around question their own self worth or body image by comparing themselves to you.

My little sister thinks she's "fat." She doesn't like how she looks. To use her own words, she thinks she's "too chubby" and that she "looks bad in everything."

She's 12 years old.

Do you want to know why she has this mindset? As her older sister, I failed in leading her by example. There were plenty of times when I was slightly younger, less sure of myself, and far more self-conscious than I am now, that I would look in the mirror and say that I looked too chubby, that my body didn't look good enough, that I wished I could change the size of my legs or stomach.

My little sister had to see the older sibling she looks up to, the big sis she thinks always looks beautiful, say awful and untrue things about herself because her own sense of body image was warped by media, puberty, and comparing herself to others.

My negativity rubbed off onto her and shaped how she looks at herself. I can just imagine her watching me fret over how I look thinking, "If she thinks she's too big, what does that make me?"

It makes me feel sick.

All of us are dealing with our own insecurities. It takes some of us longer than others to view ourselves in a positive, loving light. We're all working on ourselves every day, whether it be mentally, physically, or emotionally. But our own baggage shouldn't be shoved on to those we surround ourselves with, our struggles and insecurities should not form into their own burdens.

Work on yourself in private. Speak kindly of yourself in front of others. Let your positivity, real or not, spread to others instead of the bad feelings we have a bad habit of letting loose.

The little girls of the world don't need your or my negative self-image this summer. Another kid doesn't need to feel worthless because we couldn't be a little more loving to ourselves and a lot more conscious of what we say out loud.

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If You've Ever Ran A Half-Marathon Then You've Probably Had These 18 Thoughts

There's so many thoughts during a half-marathon.

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Two weeks ago I ran my first ever half marathon. I've never run a race in my life before and I'm not really a runner so it was an interesting experience. Over the course of my training, I actually learned to enjoy running and I can say that I actually like it now.

This half marathon was really challenging but really rewarding. These are all the things that I was thinking about (there was probably a lot more, too) during those 13.1 miles.

1. "This is really easy but all these people are running way too fast."

2. "This is so much easier than a training run."

3. "Wow I already ran three miles."

4. "I need water."

5. *Casually sings Neon Moon by Brooks and Dunn

6. "I'm getting really hungry. I hope there's muffins at the end."

7. "Dang, this is easy. I feel like I could run for forever."

8. "Okay, so we went six miles so 13 minus six is seven. We have seven miles to go." 

9. "The sun is so hot."

10. "I could use some more water."

11. "Would my group judge me if I walked at mile eight?"

12. "Why am I running again?"

13. "I'm on mile 10 so in 10 minutes I'll be on mile 11. This will totally go by fast."

14. "I'm still on mile 10."

15. "I'm still... on... mile.... 10... now mile 11."

16. "This is the longest run of my life."

17. "Oh great, now my calf is cramping." 

18. *When the run is over* "Man, I feel like I could do another one!"

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