Clothes for the Lads
Lots more available than you think
Our ideas for the guys!
At times you might be tempted to think that Irish dancing is just for girls. After all there is a huge selection of dresses and other items that are designed purely for the girls to wear.
But fear not – if you are a boy and you want to get involved in this infectious and thrilling pastime there are plenty of sources of clothes for the lads that will be worth looking into. We’ve put together this page so you have some useful information to provide you with an essential starting point.
What are the two most important pieces of clothing for boys?
The two most important items to consider here are the dress shirts and the waistcoats. Most boys wear plain shirts, but they can be in a variety of colours. Black and white are popular for some, whereas others choose a coloured shirt that complements the waistcoat.
And this brings us to the other important piece of clothing, the waistcoat – which is really the crowning glory of every boy’s Irish dancing outfit. If you attend a feis and you look at the outfits worn by the boys in attendance you will see that they are truly stunning and very vibrant and alive with colour. Since most boys will wear the signature black trousers and shoes that are commonplace for them at a feis, it is not surprising to see such vibrant colours and designs for the waistcoat.
Should you buy the boy’s outfits or get a waistcoat specially made in a unique design?
It is really up to you and your budget as to which path you take. It can also depend on how serious your son is about learning Irish dancing and attending the feisanna. At the beginning it might be a good idea to buy an outfit second hand, as this brings down the cost. But eventually you may want to design your own waistcoat and couple it with a complementary style of shirt.
What about accessories?
There are a couple of major areas you need to think about here. Some boys will wear a cummerbund when dancing, but this doesn’t usually go with the waistcoat. If he is wearing a waistcoat you will need to decide between wearing a tie or a bow tie to go along with it.
On many occasions the tie will pick out one of the colours in the waistcoat, while the shirt will be of a colour that contrasts with the tie and the waistcoat. As such you get a whole ensemble that looks simply stunning against the black trousers and shoes.
The good news is that you can find all the clothes for the lads you’ll ever need simply by going online and searching for suppliers. Many of the main suppliers of Irish dancing dresses also have a special section of clothing for the boys, so there is no need to feel left out! Once you find one or two suppliers you like you can stick with them for the future too.