1. What to wear for dancing on Saturday nite?
  2. Best dance outfits for a Western Bar
  3. What to wear to a milonga?
  4. Salsa cruise and tequila tasting

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What to wear for dancing on Saturday nite?

My husband and I are passionate ballroom and swing dancers. When we go out for swing dancing I like to wear jeans with a top as the dance place is not very formal. It is more a country and western style place. When we go out for milongas or Latin I prefer a flapper type dress. In other words, what to wear when going out for dancing, your have to consider the venue. The look must allow to dance to the type of music played, the vibe of the music and match the dress-code of the place itself. This post addresses what kind of dresses or outfit to wear for various Saturday night dance events.

Best dance outfits for a Western Bar

Here is my Saturday nite outfit example for swing dancing at a Western bar: Rolled up washed jeans, studded heels, a sequin stripe top, and a faux fur bomber. I bought this bomber two years ago for going out when Tucker had a joint venture with Target. I have to admit that I switch to dance shoes when we arrive at the dance place. I can walk in these heels, but they are too high for safe swing dancing.

Another reason to wear jeans for swing dancing is that we do some aerials and lifts. Thus, a skirt or dress is not a suitable choice. On the contrary, Latin dances and milongas are well “grounded”. Thus, a feminine dress works well and looks great.

Outfit for going out over 40

Going out for dancing outfit
Outfit details: Unbranded striped sequin tunic, Tucker faux fur bomber jacket, London Jean boyfriend jeans, and unbranded studded heels (all own)

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An alternative is a retro fit-and-flare dress like the next look. To stay with the retro-theme go for opaque tights.

over 50 years old fashion blogger in social dance outfit

Nicole of High Latitude Style in a fit-and-flare dress social dance outfit
Blue vintage inspired fit-and-flare dress with red GNW tights and cardigan, paired with Clark booties and Longchamp pliage bag (all own)

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What to wear to a milonga?

Anything flapper or 1920s inspired goes for a milogna in a conservative place with mostly generation X or baby boomer customers.

style blogger over 40 in high-low dance outfit
High-low dress with purple floral print and Neo Tango Dalmatian print 4 inch (10 cm) heels and necklace
over 50 years old fashion blogger in an Argentine Tango dance dress with asymmetric hem
Asymmetric hem dress with floral print, sequins and lace, Neo Tango leopard print 4 inch (10 cm) T-strap dance shoes (all own)

Salsa cruise and tequila tasting

The salsa cruise on the Chena River is an annual event in Fairbanks and a “go to” for everyone in the dancing community. The chairs are removed from the riverboat to make place for dancing. DJ atm  plays salsa and people dance.

midlife blogger in outfit for a salsa cruise on the river
Moda International leather bomber, unbranded sequin striped tunic and London Jean boyfriend jeans, unbranded studded pumps (all own)

River dance cruises on deck of a river boat …

… mean you are dinner for the the mosquitoes. That’s why a cocktail dress is not your best option. Well, the riverboat is a tourist boat meaning that it has outside decks. There are tons of mosquitoes during a late evening cruise. It always seems like the mosquitoes come out at 7pm. The top with sequins makes the outfit event appropriate. The jeans and bomber leather jacket are good protection from the “blood suckers”.

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Photos: G. Kramm

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