I’m not dead! Just really lazy…

Dear the 3 people who are still reading my blog…

I’m back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(Sorry for not posting very much in the off-season-real life, other interests, and laziness got in the way of me posting anything 😦 )

And today we present….

Ladies figure skating fashion from 1900 to 2013!!


During the early years of figure skating (1990-1920), many costumes were just long, simple dresses and hats-probably because the emphasis in ladies skating was on edgework and not jumps, which were seen as the sole domain of men. Female skaters also wore black skating boots during this time period.

And then came Sonja Henie.

Henie, often regarded as one of the greatest and most influential ladies figure skaters, also popularized several fashion choices in skating-speciafically the use of white boots and a shorter skirt to make it easier to jump.

While this was first seen as controversial in 1924, by the 1930s, many of the top figure skaters were using the new stlye of dress (long sleeved with short skirt) due to the fact that it made it easier to jump and spin.

Hats also started to disappear from costumes, as the invention and increased popularity of the layback spin made them impractical.

After WWII, skating costumes remained mostly the same in shape, but began to add small detail work, like thin stripes near the collar or sheer sleeves. However, most dresses were in solid colors like pale green, peach, and magenta.

This trend continued until the 1980s, when costumers began adding more detailed patterns and brighter colors to dresses. The dresses were also made with a more empire waist style. Skirts also stared shortening during this time period.

During the 1990s, this short-skirt and emipire waist trend continued, along with sleeveless simple dresses with ordinary waists. At the end of the decade, empire waists had disappeared from most of the top skaters’ costumes.

From the 2000s to now, many dresses contain simple, yet intricate designs in all colors. The majority are short-sleeved, however, there are a few long-sleeved ones thrown into the bunch each year.

The end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



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