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Gymnastics Outfits for Girls

Your little one will be ready for the competition with girls' gymnastics clothing from Kohl's! Our entire selection of gymnastics outfits offers many versatile options to choose from that will help keep your little athlete performing at her best. From one-piece leotards and girls gymnastics tops to gymnastics capris and pants, you’ll find the right option you need to keep your kiddo looking and feeling great for her next event.

Although girls’ gymnastics clothing from Kohl’s are sure to take your child’s look to a whole new level, it’s important to keep in mind that some dance teachers and gymnastics coaches can be very particular about what students can wear. Therefore, it’s necessary to first understand that despite their similarities, it can be tricky deciphering the difference between the attire for these sports. 

Are Dance and Gymnastics Leotards the Same?

Short answer - no. But by definition, they are very similar. Leotards are defined as tight-fitting, one-piece garments of stretchy material that cover the body from the shoulders to the legs. In some cases, she can wear the same leotard for gymnastics that she would use for dance, but it generally depends on the teacher and the rules of the school or gym. That said, let’s take a look at a few differences between a dance and gymnastics leotard.

Leotard Styles

Dance leotards come in a variety of styles. From short-sleeve leotards fashioned with spaghetti straps or tank-style straps to long sleeves with a scoop neck, the possibilities are endless. Some styles also have cutouts in the back with an attached tutu or skirt adorned with ruffles or frills. No matter what style is chosen, the most important factor is that the leotard provides all of the comfort and support that she needs.

Gymnastics leotards, on the other hand, come in two cuts: tank and long sleeve. Tank leotards are usually preferable for practice while long sleeves are ideal for performances and competitions. In addition to a high neckline, it’s important for gymnastics leotards to be tight-fitting because loose garments can potentially get caught on equipment.

Leotard Patterns

Gymnastics leotards also tend to be designed with more bright colors and fancy patterns than dance leotards. Leotards that are worn during competition are generally sparkly and bejeweled with rhinestones or glitter. Dance leotards, however, tend to be mostly solid colored. Formal studios may require soft, classical colors like solid black, white or baby pink leotards. Other leotards might also have a colored stripe or strap.

Leotard Materials

In most cases, dance leotards can be made from a blend of materials like cotton, polyester, spandex or nylon. Gymnastics leotards can consist of the same materials. However, they typically have a higher percentage of spandex to provide additional stretch for more demanding movements like back handsprings. In general, fabrics like spandex and velvet are better suited for accommodating swift movements.

Finding the Right Gymnastics Clothing

As you can see, girls’ gymnastics clothing differs from dance clothing. But there is one constant between the two: supreme comfort. Whether your little one is dancing away the competition or flipping her way into first place, keep her comfort and support at the forefront of any activity.

We understand the importance of finding the perfect fit. That’s why girls' gymnastics clothing from Kohl's are sure to get a perfect score from your little athlete. Be sure to also shop our full line of men's, women's, and kid's essentials for even more of all the items that fit your family's style. Find all your apparel must-haves at Kohl's, and complete their activewear collection with ease!