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A sumptuous set of Standard floats can make a ballgown more interesting, more versatile and more colorful.

First, they can completely change the look of a dress, making an old dress feel new.

Also, Standard floats can be detachable so the dress may be worn for both American and Standard dance styles.

Or, for more fun and versatility, change floats for every showcase so you always feel like you’ve got a fresh look for that special routine!

double set of red chiffon Standard floats for a ballgown
On a Standard gown for competition Dancesport, a swanky swag is money well spent.

Chiffon/Georgette floats are super high impact for only pennies compared to the cost of a new gown.

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For a classic competition gown, chiffon / georgette is usually the fabric of choice because it’s lightweight, flows beautifully and is sheer enough that the dress shows through even the largest floats. Solid colors are most often used.

For specialty routines or your local studio’s annual showcase, the sky’s the limit for your Standard floats!

  • Feel free to use the classic chiffon / georgette if you want, but you’ve got the option of using charmeuse, glitter mesh, glitter chiffon, super soft organza … any type of “silky” fabrics that flow well are perfectly acceptable.
  • Animal prints, florals, burnt out velvet…. really, you have a lot of fun fabric choices!

Take a look at the video below, as well as the photos, to see what a big difference the float color and shape can have on the dress.

 

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red and orange Standard floats for a competition style ballgown
In this photo, you see one red Standard float and one orange. (The orange fabric is just draped yardage. It is not cut to any particular shape.) Do you like the slightly asymmetrical look?

 

red Standard float with multi color drapes on left arm
This time the dress dons one large red Standard float with several smaller pieces (scraps of fabric as it is 🙂 in different colors. Notice how this opens the dress up and creates a sense of space?

 

large orange Standard float with multi color drapes on left arm
I exchanged the red Standard float (in a previous photo) with this double-draped orange that attaches on the opposite side of the body. Just these two easy changes make a tremendous difference in the look of the dress. What's your favorite float style and color? Leave a comment below!

 

 

Teresa Sigmon uses a color wheel to help choose perfect colors for competition Dancesport, Country and skate dresses

 

WATCH NEXT: Not sure which colors look great together? Check out my blog on PERFECT COLORS FOR DANCE AND SKATE COSTUMES. 

 

 

Store your Dancesport, Country & Skater dress so it looks good for years

 

WATCH NEXT: Check out this video for tips on storing your gown properly.

 

 

 

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