Dress Code – what to wear – where to buy

– what to wear

Dancing Tango at an event is the excuse to dress up.  One of the few places that can supersede this – is a wedding! 

As a general rule, the Tango Community make quite an effort to look their best, so you really can “go to town” if you want to.  Halls are often tastefully decorated and with evening lighting to enhance the atmosphere.

For such an elegant dance, you will probably get a lot hotter than anticipated and although it’s not that aerobic, dancing Tango is demanding, and you need to bear this in mind in your choice of clothes.  Ladies have the advantage of being able to choose clothes that are cool to wear and still look very elegant.  Just bear in mind that if you wear sleeveless or an off-the shoulder top, your anti-perspirant isn’t going to leave white patches on your partner’s arm or shoulder. 

Ladies often wear fascinators or diamanté clips in their hair, as well as a variety of other accessories to cleverly “dress up” ordinary day wear.  But please avoid wearing anything that could damage your partner’s clothing, for example large belt buckles, brooches, pins, coarse sequins, or anything with sharp edges that can snag their clothes.


There are no dress codes.  All you need is something that is comfortable and doesn’t hinder your movement.  For example:

jeans and trousers – the fabric just needs to give enough to allow the legs to extend with ease and your shoes do not get caught in the trouser leg.

long full skirts – are not advisable because your teacher cannot see your movement or your technique.

tight skirts – they should have an open access down the seam/s to allow free movement.

general lengths – just watch the length at the back is not so long that you  catch the heel of your shoe in the fabric

shoes – there is a full article on this – here


You can dress as elegantly or understated as you wish.

There are no rules to say that ladies have to wear a dress / skirt.  There are some beautiful trousers, or plain trousers teamed with a favourite top.

The popular knickerbockers have cuffs at the ankle or below to knee which are very versatile and easy to wear.

Leggings / jeggings are currently very popular and widely available and simply by adding a pair to a dress, skirt or tunic top from your wardrobe, can transform its look and suitability.

Try adding some inexpensive “bling” which can lift the look of something quite ordinary. 

For more details about the Milonga scene in general click here.

– where to buy

Once you begin to dance regularly, many ladies like to have a variety of clothes to wear, but this can be expensive.  It’s down to selective shopping and mixing and matching.

Many Tango dancers search the Charity Shops.  These are a wonderful source of discovering very inexpensive, but delightfully different clothes.

Occasionally some Milongas will have Tango designers selling their clothes. Although these tend to be rather expensive, you often can find something unusual and special.

Do talk to other ladies for their advice, you’ll be amazed how willing they are to help.


© Jennifer Hudson, Tango Nomads, 2017

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