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Shopping and Dressing tips

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*** Please arrange mirrors in your house so you can take a good look at the backside of your outfit before going out. This is what people see when you are dancing. Make sure you like how it looks. Use a hand mirror to have a good look at your reflection backwards; just twisting around does not provide an accurate view. Be sure to check what happens when you raise your arms and twist back and forth a lot! (Girls: short skirts may get too short, tops may ride up. Guys: jacket shoulders may get inelegantly bunchy.)

You may want to check out my notes on packing for a trip to Buenos Aires and what to wear there.


  • Jackets are very elegant, but they are often HOT and they are stiff which makes it hard for you to move and hard for your partner to feel your body. Look for lightweight jackets and be sure to check how they look when you raise your arms in a tango embrace. Especially check out the behavior of the part of the jacket at your tail. Some flaps and pleats behave well and others don’t.
  • Safer than a jacket is a really great over-shirt. Maybe try some shirts more spectacular than your ordinary wardrobe… Color and self-expression are very attractive.
  • Some men like to bring a change of under t-shirt or even a second dress shirt when they go dancing, in case the first outfit gets hot and wet from wonderfully energetic and passionate dancing.
  • Wide . Legged . Pants . Make . Your . Ass . Look . Better .
  • I prefer the leg to hang straight down to the floor from the outermost part of the ass and not to come in at the ankle at all. This is my personal preference for nice lines on all people at all times, and has nothing at all to do with styles of dancing tango. Since these pants are completely out of fashion and have been replaced with these incredibly unflattering tight-legged things, you’ll have to go to a hip hop store or a skateboard shop to find something attractive. Unfortunately, the US company Carhartt’s has changed the cut of the most fabulous pants ever made, washed duck work pants. I can now recommend the gorgeous pants from Doosh NZ. Recommended model is Roadrunner. Looks great for casual and dressy.

You may also want to check further tips in my guide: How to become a Hot TangoMan for secrets from the Tangueras who hope to dance with you.


  • The base of my wardrobe is a collection of black cocktail dresses that look and feel great. These are for when I need to dress in 5 minutes, or in a car, or without a mirror…
  • Legs are sexy. Wear a dress. Knee length or slightly above. Make sure the hem of the dress hits your legs above the place where your lower leg muscles start to curve inward. If your skirt hits on the wide part of your leg, even nice legs look matronly.
  • If you are blessed with skinny legs, you have a real advantage. If you wear a miniskirt men will be absolutely blind to your dancing level. They are mesmerized by staring at the bottom of that miniskirt from the back, so they will want to dance with you regardless of any other shortcomings. Please get a girlfriend to check your miniskirt and make sure that no matter what movements are marked, you are not going to embarrass yourself by flashing your ass or more. Some kinds of elasticized ones stay put, others don’t. Make sure that your skirt does not restrict your movement in any way!
  • If you are blessed with a great ass, you have a real advantage. Wrap it tight, but make sure you can still take big steps and make great voleos. Find a skirt that’s tight on the ass, but leaves your legs free to take a 70cm step if necessary.
  • Cleavage. Cleavage. Cleavage. You will get more dances. (Don’t forget to smile.)
  • You can’t have enough tango jewelry! It makes those black cocktail dresses sizzle and it can rescue bad necklines … But don’t spend a lot of money on it. Anything sparkly will do. Delicate jewelry won’t show in the dark so glam it up! Shop for jewelry in thrift stores and flea markets.
  • I love A-line skirts and skirts with a yoke at the top. I’ve turned some favorite straight skirts into tango dresses just by carefully cutting the stitches in the side seam to a point where I can move my legs enough.
  • When you shop, look first at the back of the clothes. Many dresses have all kinds of cute in the front and it all stops abruptly at the side seams. If the back is plain, move on. If the side seams are ugly, move on. People are basically going to be looking at your side and back. That’s where the outfit has to look good. Look for backs that have lace, openings, or something else interesting.
  • A good place to focus your attention is on full-skirted party dresses with shoulder straps.
  • The torso section of your dress needs to be fairly trim down to your hip bones. If it’s loose above the hip bones it will at times (when your hips are back of your torso, which will happen a lot) be hanging straight down from your breasts and this will make you look bulky or pregnant. Baby doll, tent/trapeze, and empire/high-waisted don’t work. Princess, basque, A-line, and halter often do fine. Sheaths are too tight in the legs. Drapes can look very bulky from the side when you’re twisting. Wrap dresses are cute in the front but often disastrous on the ass.
  • What to wear under your clothes
    • If your dress is short, has a slit, or if you do big motions with your legs, wear girl shorts. My favorite are Spanx.
    • Backless or laceback tops and dresses are great for tango. Nobody wants to see your brastraps. Clear plastic bra straps are NOT after all invisible and they are ugly. This is my favorite backless bra from NuBra.
    • When managing that cleavage with a deep-v bra, make sure to choose a bra that has some vertical hold, not just a horizontal push inward. Pushing them toward each other puts them at risk of jumping out when you twist. This might distract your partner, leading to a less artistic dance.
    • Wear . A . Soft . Bra .   Underwire and padding is ok, but when you press your tits toward your body, they should flatten softly. Stiff, unyielding bra fabric feels terrible pressed against the man’s chest.

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