Fishnets boost your glam factor by adding a dash of show-biz razzle dazzle to even the most basic outfit. And they do it by playing trick on the eye: The web-like pattern adds shade, making the leg appear long, tight, and toned.Pairing them with a simple dress or a low skirt immediately brings subtle attention, without being flashy or over-the-top.
Her tips: “They should never been worn with an extremely tight dress or skirt,” said Eigen, who advises against pairing them with busy patterns. “I prefer them with solids.”
Want a great example of how to wear? Fire up that clip of “Top Gun” when Kelly McGillis strides into the jet hangar to lecture on aerodynamics. She’s wearing a boxy jacket and a below-the-knee pencil skirt — with a pair of fishnets that make Tom Cruise and the boys take notice.
Capezio’s fishnets come in three varieties. The cropped version comes to the mid-calf ($12), while the basic edition ($16) encloses the foot and is geared toward fashion. [Take 20% off with the discount code Dance20]. The professional-grade fishnets ($27.50, with or without seams at the back) are designed to meet the needs of performers: The bottom of the foot is solid, so toes won’t slide through the mesh, whether you’re walking to the office — or performing at the Super Bowl halftime. [Take 20% off with the discount code Dance20].
At the 2016 Super Bowl, Beyonce and her dancers wore black fishnets with their costumes. Beyonce and dance captain Ashley Everett has said the dancers typically wear multiple pairs when performing.
Lady Gaga’s costumes for the stage often include fishnet tights, and her Instagram feed features those looks. But she wears them offstage, too.
Cipolla said she wears Capezio “because there’s no other fishnet I’ve tried like them. They just hold everything in better.”
When it comes to musical theater and film, costume designers let their imaginations run wild with fishnets. In the revival of “Chicago,” entire unitards were made of fishnets, a look that Tony Award-winning costume designer William Ivey Long had custom-made in Austria.
Long also made the spider-web style legwear for actress Laverne Cox, who played Dr. Frankenfurter in Fox’s “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” The stockings are made out of laser-cut latex and offer a character-specific aesthetic option that still shapes the leg on top of a nude stocking. Spider-web stockings are a little outrageous for everyday. But the skirt pictured here, paired with Capezio nude fishnets, is spot-on!
Now your ballet slippers can give you that feeling on your feet:
Capezio’s new Hanami ballet shoes are made of four-way stretch canvas, so they cling to your feet like a tight sock, showing off your arch and beautifully pointed toes.
They’re so form-fitting that Capezio’s designers were able to leave out the traditional elastic drawstrings used to pull in any extra buckling fabric.
And are you ready for this? They won’t let you cheat: Because your foot shape is so clearly visible and the feel is so snug, you’ll know immediately when you’re not fully pointing your toes. So get ready to see improvement on the floor— and fewer reminders from your teacher to point those toes.
Contemporary ballet dancer Paige Fraser, of Visceral Dance Chicago, finds her Hanamis benefit both her experience onstage and the audience’s view of her feet from their point of view.
And in the studio, the lightweight fabric allows her to keep the crucial connection to the floor that contemporary dancers want.
“When you are standing, you can really feel the floor. That is perfect for a contemporary dancer,” she said. “We are encouraged to be grounded.”
Pre-teen dancer Brady Farrar, winner of the 2017 YAGP Hope Award, finds the Hanamis have assisted his technique.
He dances a mix of contemporary and classical styles, and he studies at Miami’s Stars Dance Studio, a hotbed of national talent.
“I feel like I can turn better and quicker when I wear them. I always wear them when practicing turns,” he said, describing the fabric as “more sleek and form fitting” than other shoes.
Why It’s Different:
Made with four-way stretch canvas, the Hanami shoe clings to your foot like a tight sock.
How It Helps:
The lightweight fabric gives you a connection to the floor and allows you to feel when your foot is not fully pointed.
Fabric isn’t the only defining factor that sets these shoes apart from others. Hanami ballet shoes come in six colors: Three shades of brown — mocha, light suntan and nude — as well as traditional white, pink and black.
“It’s really wonderful to see a shoe coming in more skin tones,” said Fraser.
She wore mocha Hanamis at a performance of “Minor Threat” by choreographer Mark Godden, a work that calls for bare legs. With shoes the color of her skin, her legs could appear even longer, without extra work to darken pink slippers, or add elastics, as the Hanami come pre-sewn: “I don’t have to pancake my shoes — or sew the elastic
But that treat may come more often than expected for growing children and their parents, who suddenly find them thinking: “Didn’t I JUST buy you a pair?!”
As pre-teens and adolescents hit growth spurts, their feet may grow by a half or whole size within a school year. And for dancers taking class several times a week, the change will be felt quickly
One way of knowing when it’s time to go back for a larger pair is to simply look:
For example, Capezio’s stores are staffed with many former dancers who can help parents and children understand how a properly fit ballet slipper should feel on the feet. So then when something feels too tight, the child can know the difference on their own.
One New York dance mom says the best way to know when the shoe no longer fits is to talk to your kid.
“They know because its uncomfortable,” said Okite, who was fitting her 12-year-old daughter for ballet slippers at Capezio’s flagship store in Manhattan. “She’ll say ‘Mom I’m bending my toes.’”
One factor unrelated to growth is a student’s level of technique. As dancers advance in a school’s classes, they’re given increasingly difficult work. When that jump happens, their ballet shoes should also take a step up, from single elastics across the top of the foot (as in the Daisy, Lily and Love Ballet) to criss-crossed elastics (as in the Juliet, Cobra and Hanami) to hold the foot in for high-flying jumps and fast turns
Students who take a lot of class may find that their shoes are getting scuffed or worn, but if your little star wants perfectly clean shoes, let her or him know: Dirty still fits!
And if your studio floors see a lot of traffic, that may be a reason to invest in leather ballet slippers.
“Leather is easier to clean than canvas,” Yolanda Walmsley, who recommends breaking in a back-up pair for performances so the clean shoes are worn with a costume. “They can wear them around the house.”
Later on, the choice of leather or canvas will be a personal choice that dancers make based on their preferences for fit and cost.
One common mistake to avoid is buying a too-large shoe and expecting to grow into it.
“You don’t want too much space because that can be dangerous. A dancer could trip,” said Orekomaiya. “You don’t want them baggy. We stress a good fit for injury prevention.”
Before class, it’s also important to make sure that your child’s shoes have the right tension in the drawstrings. These thin strings will pull in some extra fabric. If there is too much excess, they can be tied into small bows and trimmed with a simple snip of a pair of scissors.
But don’t trim too much — and never remove the drawstrings. Without them, the shoe will be too loose and essentially unusable. On Capezio’s classic shoe, the Daisey, drawstrings have been tacked down so they cannot be pulled out. Additionally, Capezio’s designers have also eliminated the drawstrings on some models of ballet shoes. Which was in response to customer feedback said Orekomaiya: “Kids were pulling the drawstrings out.”
And that’s a key feature of the Love Ballet slippers and the new Hanami ballet shoes, made of four-way stretch canvas that clings to the foot — without need for drawstrings at all.
December 24, 2016
by Allison Gupton
Maybe the only hard part about a holiday is staying disciplined when it comes to keeping in shape and eating healthy. We’ve all been there. But there are several reasons to be conscientious about your health over a holiday break, including upcoming spring performances, audition season and maintaining your overall dance shape. Here are 11 ways to help you stay in dance shape as you celebrate and bring in the new year.
Hi everyone! I’m Dara aka @skinnypignyc on Instagram, and I’m super excited to be a part of #TeamCapezio and contributing to the Capezio Spotlight blog!
by Kathryn Boland
Have you ever groaned through a cross-training workout – not because of physical difficulty but out of boredom and discontent? This writer used to read a book while riding an exercise bike, and 20 minutes still felt like 20 hours. Dancers are addicted (in a good way) to movement that engages their mind, heart, soul and body. For dancers, the repetitive and simple movement of weights and cardio machines just don’t come close.