Many people wonder what to wear the first time they go out to dance tango at a milonga in Buenos Aires. This article is directed towards helping women navigate tango fashion in Buenos Aires. We will be writing on men’s clothing soon, so stay tuned!
Don’t worry, there is no need to break the bank when planning your milonga outfits. Chances are you might already have some great clothes in your closet for tango. It is not necessary to spend hundreds of dollars on a gown. Generally speaking, there are versatile tango items that will always be appropriate no matter where you go to tango. In the summer a flowy knee length dress or skirt with a nice tank top will always be appropriate. Women will often bring a pretty fold up fan to milongas in the warmer months to help stay cool in the crowded tango halls between songs. In the colder months you can’t go wrong in black leggings and a sexy tunic or a glittery sweater.
You can always take your look up a few notches if you so wish. It’s ok to dress a little sexy at a milonga. So if there is an item you might not wear to work or out on the street, you can probably wear it at a milonga and feel great. Bring on the crop tops and open backed dresses! This applies to all ages. It’s common to see women in their seventies wearing fishnets at milongas because that is just tango.
Tango shoes are always a plus no matter what. If you don’t have a pair then you can get away with heels. Just make sure that if you go that route your heels have an ankle strap for support (you don’t want to slip out of your heels while dancing). You also want to avoid shoes with any traction as you will need to be able to glide on the dance floor, so remember smooth soles are key.
It is sometimes difficult to plan your outfit as there are milongas where people can get away with wearing sneakers and tee shirts while others require proper tango footwear and a more elegant look before stepping on the dance floor. The level of formality really depends on which milonga you plan to visit, as every milonga has a different dress code and protocol. To find out what the dress codes are like at different milongas you can always consult with TangoTrips and they will inform you about any specific dress codes at certain venues.