DON’T make these mistakes when purchasing new skater pants
It’s tough enough trying to find the perfect components to your dream ice skating costume (for practice or competition) without having to worry about making major mistakes that might end up costing you big time when you are out in front of the judges – or at the cash register!
But that’s why we have put together this quick guide.
By the time you’re done with all of the inside information, we have to share with you below you’ll have no trouble whatsoever of avoiding major mistakes most skaters make when purchasing new costume elements. The kinds of errors that can have you wearing the wrong skater pants and ruining your chances of victory along the way!
Keep each and every one of these tips and tricks in mind when you’re shopping for skater pants and other pieces of skater apparel, and you won’t have anything to worry about.
Make sure that you’re not stepping out on the ice in something inappropriate
One of the most commonly made mistakes when people purchase figure skater pants, and other pieces of skating competition apparel are also the one that will cripple your scores with the judges. This can cause you at least a little bit of embarrassment while you’re out on the ice, shattering confidence and crippling your ability to pull off your routine to the best of your ability.
We’re talking of course about purchasing the wrong, inappropriate apparel and skater pants for the kind of routine or competition you are trying to put together, as well as choosing inappropriate clothing for a particular age group – which happens a lot more often than most people would like to admit.
It’s difficult to say exactly what inappropriate skater pants look like aside from saying that you’ll know them when you see them, and you want to trust your gut to make the right call for you moving forward.
Make sure that you’re not stepping out on the ice in skate pants that don’t fit
Choosing apparel – especially in the lead up to competition – that doesn’t fit like a second skin is going to be disastrous to your odds of success when out in front of the judges.
This is why so many professional figure skaters refuse to purchase costumes “off the rack” and instead have every piece of their costume – right down to the finest detail – custom tailored for them. They know that there’s no such thing as a universal body type and that even the standardized sizing options out there can cause a world of a headache and hassle (especially if you are in between sizes).
Always (ALWAYS) do your level best to try your skater pants out before you purchase them, and if that isn’t going to be possible – like if you are buying figure skating apparel and costumes online. It’s not a bad idea to order multiple sizes to try them on when you receive them, taking advantage of the return policy of the company that you are ordering from to send back the apparel that didn’t fit perfectly.
Do your best NOT to cut corners when you cut costs
There is a world of difference between purchasing old top quality skater pants and other pieces of figure skating apparel at a discount and searching for bargain-basement brand-new pieces that use of low-quality fabrics and just won’t fit right no matter what. But you don’t want to find out what that difference is when you step out on the ice in front of the judges.
If you are shopping for ice-skating apparel on a budget, it’s always a good idea to scour old sources, as long as you make sure that these pieces have been well taken care of and represent as significant a discount as you were hoping for. Do your best not to cut corners when you reduce costs, and you’ll have complete confidence when you are gliding around on the ice.
At the end of the day, these tips and tricks are going to help make sure that you are always wearing the best apparel you can when you’re practicing and competing. Keep these tips and tricks in mind before you purchase any skater pants and you shouldn’t have anything to worry about!
In review, you should be looking for:
- Skater pants that aren’t inappropriate
- Ice-skating apparel that fits like a second skin
- Figure skating costumes and practice gear that’s as high quality as your budget allows for
Best of luck out on the ice!