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04 Jan 2014 - 23:48110060
Ladies leotards on men
Hello. Cosplay is great isn't it? Today I'm looking at leotards and it is something I never thought I would be doing.

Anyway, I'm doing a Captain Hero cosplay, and while it would be super cool to get a long sleeve, low-scoop leotard that ended in shorts, that seems to be fairly impossible. So thinking of getting a leotard and shorts.

Here's my question - how stretchy are leotards? I'm guessing "pretty damn" to "very f-ing".

04 Jan 2014 - 23:53110061
It depends on the quality of the lycra! Standard fashion ones are just made from jersey so they're pretty damn stretchy. But dance/swimwear leotards need to hold you in as you're doing that sport so you kinda have to get the right size or else it's pretty uncomfortable, they're usually made with a heavy lycra.

05 Jan 2014 - 00:44110067
What defines heavy lycra? Is it a ratio to nylon?

I've seen stuff that's 20% lycra/80% nylon. Is that too heavy?

Last edited by Z-Man (05 Jan 2014 - 00:55)
05 Jan 2014 - 03:02110072
That question I honestly don't know, I never look at the ratios, you can usually just tell just by touching it!

I take back what I said about dancewear. My catsuit I wear for jazz is pretty heavy lycra so is pretty restricting. But my ballet leotard contains some cotton/jersey in it making it softer so it was pretty stretchy.

I think if you get one that is roughly your size anyway then it will be stretchy enough to suit you.

By the way I don't actually know if the real term is "heavy lycra", I just made that up for being a decent thick lycra that can hold the person's shape well XD
As you can tell I am no lycra expert, I rarely use the stuff! This is all just going from past experiences with all the dance/swimming leotards I use to wear...

05 Jan 2014 - 10:50110077
Hahah fair enough! Thanks for your help though

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