With auditions right around the corner, it’s important to be prepared ahead of time. What better way to start preparing then to create your very own unique audition outfit? I love using my creativity so much that DIY-ing has become one of my favorite hobbies. It’s so simple and easy, and can even save you time and money. Instead of purchasing an audition outfit online, consider creating your own right from home! Standing out from Day 1 is so important – you want to make a great first impression on the judges. Here are a few tips on how you can design your own DIY Audition Outfit:
- Stand out with bright colors! Purchase a crop top or sports bra with a popping color or a fun pattern. My first year auditioning, I wore a white and neon pink sparkly top. The white accentuated my Florida tan and the neon pink trim helped to catch the judges’ eyes. Cute sports bras and tops can be purchased from stores such as Target, American Apparel, Charlotte Russe, Forever 21, and Victoria’s Secret. Make sure the top compliments your body type and is not too revealing. You need to be comfortable and look professional while dancing in this outfit. If you do not wish to purchase a new top, simply use a plain white sports bra and purchase a colorful dye from a local craft store. Now you will be able to dip-dye your own top to your desired color. This can even create fun tie-dyed look!
- Rhinestones! This is the easiest way to make your outfit shine. When rhinestones catch the light, it’s hard to take your eyes off of them. If you only need a handful of rhinestones for your costume, I suggest purchasing a small package of Swarovski crystals from Michael’s. These crystals are by far the most sparkly and come in a variety of different colors that will compliment any color top/bottom. Don’t forget to browse Michaels.com before making your trip to the store to check out their daily coupons. Usually, I can receive up for 40% off a single item that I purchase every time I visit my local store. Finally, the best way to apply rhinestones to your outfit is by using E6000 Glue. This glue is similar to super glue and should only be used for applying stones and other solid fixtures to your outfit. Simply squeeze a small amount of E6000 onto a paper plate and use a wooden tooth pick to apply the glue onto the back of the rhinestone. If you are looking for a large quantity of stones, I recommend purchasing them online through wholesale websites such as dreamtimecreations.com and rhinestonesu.com.
- You can also add many unique fixtures to your outfits such as studs, fringe, lace, and sequins. These are all items that can be purchased at stores such as Jo-Ann Fabrics.
- If you are going for an edgier/rocker look, studs are for you! These can be applied similar to rhinestones with E6000 Glue.
- Fringe can be added for an extra wow factor to your top using hot glue or by sewing a few simple stitches. Make sure you only use about 2/3 inches in length, but do not go overboard. This is just a subtle little extra touch that can catch the judge’s attention with every move you make.
- Underline the button of your top or the bottom of your shorts with lace that matches the color of the garment. This can be applied using a hot glue gun. You can also apply a colorful lace over the top of a solid colored sports bra to create a fun new look.
- Tie-dye! Use a bright colored top as the base and tie-dye your top with one contrasting color. For example, a hot pink top with dark blue dye. If you use too many colors, it may become distracting.
- Comfortable shoes are important! Sneakers are the best option for semi-final auditions. We dance in either boots or sneakers at every practice. I would recommend wearing average running or training sneakers such as Nikes or Adidas. You do not have to go out and purchase a new pair of shoes. If you advance to the final round of auditions and are asked to perform a solo, then you are able to get creative with your shoe choice.
If you have any questions or would like to send me your costume ideas I would LOVE to see them and give my recommendations! I am always willing to offer my advice and creative thoughts on costume ideas. Please feel free to message me on Instagram @mdc_allison if you have any questions at all. Happy crafting! I can’t wait to see all of you shine at auditions!