When it comes to hooping, some clothes are more hoop-friendly than others. This article will survey different garments that are likely to be comfortable, stylish, and great for hooping in general as well as specific hoop tricks! Also included below are tips on how to make your outfits more hoop-friendly in general. Take a look!
Shorts are great for when you are practicing leg tricks. If you have inner grip tape on your hoop, hoop-to-skin contact will be very helpful for keeping up the momentum of the spin. Plus, shorts come in different shapes and materials, so they can be very flattering. Shorts are also good to wear underneath flowy, floaty dresses. Aside from materials that are very stiff (like denim) which might constrict your leg movement, soft and form fitting shorts are sure to come in handy!
Best for: Leg hooping, leg-to-waist hooping, wedgies
Leggings can be comfortable, flexible, and eye-catching! Since they are so stretchy you won’t feel much constriction of movement- they are great to practice hooping with generally. Fun, colourful leggings can also be great to wear for a performance! Materials like spandex can be slippery though, but practicing with cotton leggings or with inner grip tape will help.
Best for: On and off body hooping
Socks, legwarmers, thigh highs
Hooping around the legs can be really painful, especially when your hoop hits your shin- to protect yourself from bruises, it might help to invest in some long socks, legwarmers, or thigh highs. This way you can protect the most sensitive parts of your legs while still having some hoop-to-skin contact.
Best for: Leg hooping, ankle-to-knee hooping
Bralettes, crop tops, tube tops, tank tops
If you are keen on moves that involve your upper body, these come in handy! Though not for everyone, these are fun to wear at festivals, events, and in your own home. The exposure of skin will help you feel the momentum of your hoop better, and it is less likely that your hoop will slip off when you are doing on-body tricks. The bare shoulders will help you tremendously with chest hooping, as well as other tricky maneuvers like the shoulder duck-out. Careful to make sure your tops are well-fitting so you don’t need to keep re-adjusting them!
Best for: Breaks and paddles, chest hooping, shoulder hooping, shoulder duck-outs, waist hooping
Playsuits, bodysuits, onesies
These are my absolute favourite to hoop with. Playsuits are great because they can have all the stylishness of a dress, but with less likelihood for the skirt flipping up while spinning. Bodysuits are form fitting and their stretchiness can allow for lots of freedom (and great as part of a performance outfit), and onesies offer the same benefits. With a one-piece item, you won’t have to worry about different clothes overlapping or getting in the way.
Best for: Core hooping
These can be a very comfortable fit for every-day hooping. Paired with a simple tank or crop top, you get a practical but aesthetic outfit to hoop in!
Best for: On and off body hooping
Flared pants, floaty skirts, tutus
Hooping can be dramatized and enhanced with fashion choices, and these items are a great example of them! The wide fabric characteristic of flared pants, for example, can look very mesmerizing whilst the hooper is spinning.
Floaty skirts are very effective as well, as the flowing of fabric can complement the dance portion of hooping.
Best for: Sustained spinning, vortex, halo
Go for clothes made of cotton, silk, hemp, and other natural fibers.
Avoid polyester, nylon, spandex, and other synthetic fibers.
- To avoid injuries, be mindful of your piercings, especially new ones! Make sure big earrings and other body jewellery are not in the way of your hooping
- If you have long hair, try a high knot/top bun, French braids, low ponytail using a secure band. Use thick, stretchy headbands to keep bangs out of the way and to keep your hair out of your face while hooping.
- Keep jewellery simple. Necklaces, earrings, rings, bracelets should not be too bulky or easily caught by the hoop. Minimalistic accessories can work in your favour!
The suggestions above can be followed at your discretion. You can, of course, learn to work with more complicated clothing and get creative with enhancing the hoop-ability of your outfits! We would love to know in the comments section below if you have any other tips or if there is anything in particular that works for you!