Activities Sports & Athletics What to Wear for Figure Skating How to Dress for Ice Skating Share PINTEREST Email Print Figure Skaters Should Wear Certain Clothes for Practice. Photo by Trevor Williams / Taxi Japan Collection / Getty Images Sports & Athletics Skating Gear Basics History Lessons Famous Skaters Inline Skating Baseball Basketball Bicycling Billiards Bodybuilding Bowling Boxing Car Racing Cheerleading Cricket Extreme Sports Football Golf Gymnastics Ice Hockey Martial Arts Professional Wrestling Skateboarding Paintball Soccer Swimming & Diving Table Tennis Tennis Track & Field Volleyball Other Activities Learn More By Jo Ann Schneider Farris Jo Ann Schneider Farris was a silver medalist in junior ice dancing at the 1975 U.S. National Figure Skating Championships and is the author of two books on skating our editorial process Jo Ann Schneider Farris Updated May 04, 2019 Proper Skating Clothes Make Better Figure Skaters Dressing properly for skating helps most figure skaters skate better. This short article gives information on how to dress for figure skating. Look Nice and Neat To dress properly for figure skating, a skater must look nice and neat. Don't come to the rink looking messy or sloppy. Female Figure Skating Attire Female figure skaters wear skating dresses and figure skating tights, but figure skating pants are also acceptable for practice. Male Figure Skating Attire Special figure skating pants should be worn by male skaters. Stay Warm Gloves and a nice sweater or jacket can be worn for practice. Stay Away From Baggy Clothes Don't wear baggy clothes. Loose fitting clothing just doesn't work for figure skating. Hair A figure skater's hair should be pulled back and be away from the face. Girls can put their hair in a ponytail or a bun, or keep it cut short. Decorations in the hair add a nice touch. Color of Skates Boys should wear black skates and girls should wear white or tan colored skates. Boot Covers Boot covers or over the boot figure skating tights are optional. Where to Buy Figure Skating Clothes Long ago figure skating clothes could not be bought at any store. All figure skating clothes were made by hand. The mothers of ice skaters learned how to sew. Today, figure skating attire can be bought online, at dance stores, and at skating rink pro shops. Where Do Figure Skaters Buy Figure Skating Clothes?