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3 Tips for a Flattering Color Guard Costume Design August 19, 2019

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3 Tips for a Flattering Color Guard Costume Design, Manhattan, New York

If you manage a color guard group, you’ll have to develop a costume design that people of all ages and sizes feel comfortable in. This not only means selecting the right fabrics, but also ensuring that the cuts and shades of the outfits are flattering to different body types. To help you create a beautiful and versatile costume, here are a few considerations to keep in mind.

How to Make Body-Inclusive Color Guard Costumes

1. Make a Flattering Silhouette

For a sleek silhouette, have the costume hit the smallest part of the body, or the waist. Ensure that the bust is age-appropriate for girls, as you want everyone to feel comfortable in their outfits. Don’t forget to take into account the need for a bra when conducting fittings and determining the costume design. An open-back look may not be ideal if bras are necessary, since it’ll show bra straps and the band.

2. Choose the Right Fabric costume design

You don’t want to feel constricted when making your moves in a color guard routine. Stretchy Lycra® or spandex fabrics are ideal choices for these costumes because they give easily. If you want something more unique or less shiny, look into stretch velour or velvet fabrics, which are still flexible but create a more regal and high-end appearance. 

3. Consider the Color

While a bright yellow shade might look striking against a darker skin tone, it may give paler skin a washed out appearance. The best way to create a costume that will suit all shades is to choose colors that are neutral or versatile. Rosy blush, eggplant shades of purple, and teal are all universally flattering. Eye-popping red is also gorgeous on all skin tones.


When creating your color guard costume design, look to Spandex House of New York, NY, for your fabric selection. They have been trusted by customers for over 25 years, and are known for their excellent service and reliable deliveries. Offering everything from stretchy spandex to sequins, their enormous selection is high-quality and cost-effective. Visit their website to view their weekly sale or call (212) 354-6711 to discuss their inventory.

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