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Belly Dance Clothing

When we think of belly dance clothing we think of colours and sounds, a beautiful girl with an exposed midriff as well as grace and beauty. Rich colours, shiny material and overall beauty are words that come to mind when picturing a belly dancer perform. In this article we will cover different origins of belly dancing clothes and the most common types of outfits that traditional and non traditional belly dancers wear.

Often called outfits or costumes, belly dancers dress from head to toe when they perform. The beauty in an outfit can greatly enhance the look of a performance and capture the audience’s attention. Bright colours such as cherry reds, royal blues, silver and gold’s are some popular colours. The goal of a belly dancer is to stand out and demand attention from all eyes in the room.

The type of music belly dancing music can also affect the type of outfit chosen. Turkish and Egyptian music might be best performed wearing a more traditional type of belly dancing outfit. If dancing to types of American music a simple less traditional but more revealing outfit may be worn.

Coins are widely popular on fitted tops and hip scarves. Embroidery, braiding and beads are also important to look for when choosing an oriental belly dancing outfit. Being able to match the coin movements on the clothing to the music and beat of the drums can make a performance look stunning. Gold or silver coins can be paired up with head bands, bracelets, anklets, earrings and toe rings.

Costumes in Egypt now cover the midriff and are less revealing than outfits from Turkey, Lebanon and America. There are some performers who choose to show some leg or to cover up and wear a more traditional costume. Most costumes are purchased in Egypt or Turkey but some Tribal performers make their own custom outfits. There are some very original outfits consisting of tattoos, hats and flowers. The options are limitless. Knowing your audience before you choose an outfit is important. Some cultures may take offence to seeing an exposed midriff.

There are many websites online where you can purchase custom or traditional belly dancing apparel from all over the world. Belly dance clothing comes in many different shapes, colours and materials. Choose an outfit based on showing off your personality but always remember to try and tie in the music and culture to what you are wearing.


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