#1 Choose a Memorable Costume
As you know everyone looks amazing on the dance floor. So, in order to stand out, make it a point to choose a costume that has a highly memorable feature that accentuates your best assets as well as your dancing. For example, choose a skirt with a high slit or design your own costume with an eye-lit in a surprising location. Or pick a colorful number. As you become a developed dancer your dance style will come across clearer and clearer along with your costume style.
#2 When Budgeting for Your Costume Make Sure to Set Priorities.
Five things that will affect your costumes affordability are construction complexity, quantity/quality of material, ornaments, durability, and pricing scale according to dress maker/designer. Durability and quality need to be highest in priorities when considering your next costume. If you need to cut down on costume costs make sure to consult with your coach, advisor, dress maker and/or designer to aid you in choosing wisely regarding factors of your costume that fluctuate the price. Always take into account your costumes use. For example, if your costume will only be useful for one show then you can compromise on durability and quality but not do so to the point that you risk your costume breaking or malfunctioning on the dance floor.
#3 Good Fit
In your newly constructed costume you should be able to have full range of flexibility. Your arms and legs should be able to move their full range of motion and you should be able to bend in any direction. Your ornaments nor your materials should restrict your performance ability. Do not ever accept a dress that has a problem - even if the problem is small. It could be noticed on the dance floor. An unwanted pucker or slide in material can be magnified while on the dance floor and judges do pay attention to this.
#4 Learn From Others Mistakes
Pay close attention to your successors costumes and what colors truly pop and what colors truly look awful disappearing into the stage or background. If you know what you do not want then it will be easier and clearer to decide what you do want. Secondly, pay close attention to the costume trends - if everyone is doing the same thing then why not make yourself stand out. Look for a costume with a variation of the trend or create one yourself. This way you will stand out from the crowd. Or pick a vintage style (40 years or older) and mix it with this years trend. This allows you to stay fresh and different. Don't be a follower but instead a trend setter.
#5 Think Ahead
When buying or creating a costume make one that is able to be re-sold. Do not solely base your decision upon this factor but do make sure to consider it. You are not aiming to please everyone! Re - sale highly depends on quality, size, maintenance, and cost. Or if someone loves the style you choose and how you stood out in it. Make smart decisions ! Make sure you love the look and feel amazing while wearing it - this will resonate with others and make them see the dress for the beauty it is.