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Hot off the presses! Dallaswear Uniforms owner Terra Saunders sent me a few photos of her new 2013 stuff:


This is the Marta top.
Do we have any Project Runway fans in the house? Methinks Terra is the Uli of auditionwear. Amiright?
(For those who aren’t familiar, Uli is known for her particular talent for mixing dissimilar patterns and textures)


The Alicia top.
This one is a variation on last year’s Brisa.
Alicia gives you more opportunity to customize the colors.
No crystals on this one, but it still has beaucoup sparkle!


The Rosalyn top.
I think this is a variation on the Meg, but I won’t swear to it.
Also, I could be wrong, but I believe the colored crystals are new this year.
They really do add a little something extra. I must say, this color combination never would have occurred to me. Salmon and turquoise? Isn’t that a little “Miami Vice?” But it works.

Dallaswear’s 2013 debut

Terra Saunders’ Dallaswear hit the scene with a big bang last year. Her collection of auditionwear is an equal mix of Fun, Fancy, and Functional. (Ha! I didn’t even do that on purpose. How about Fantastic, Far out, Futuristic, ….I’m getting off topic. My point is Dallaswear is known for adding glam and lots of sparkle, and offering many options for dialing the sexy up or down to suit your taste. Look no further than the “Super Bling” items: separates that come pre-studded with tons of sparkling crystals.

And it doesn’t hurt that the clothing is modeled by past and present Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders!

That is the sparkliest sparkle that ever sparkled (excepting the entire city of Las Vegas.) You want to grab the judges’ attention? Get these shorts, and they’ll be able to see you from the Moon.

You’re still looking at them, aren’t you?
Especially the ones on the right. That detailing is beautiful.

This is a great option for those who lack the patience-slash-coordination-slash-creativity to sit around gluing Swarovski crystals all over everything. Yeah, it’s probably less expensive to DIY the crystals, but let’s be honest, ladies. If some of you (and you know who you are) try this at home, you’re going to wind up with your fingers glued together, some raggedy home-ec-looking mess, and a last-minute trip to the mall for a replacement outfit. Please. Let Terra handle it for you.

I was wondering what Terra was up to for 2013, so I moseyed over to the Facebook Page and ran right smack into this sneak preview:

Say it with me “….oooohhh that’s purty!”

I don’t even care what it is, it’s gorgeous. It looks like Dallaswear has some real knockouts in store for us. The new stuff is coming out soon. And I hear there are chaps. CHAPS. Yee-haw!

Side note: the next thing I came across was this:

The first thing you notice is the paint job…and then your eye moves down. Whoa! Clearly this is a work environment like no other. I just hope…I really really hope…they don’t have any men working there. I really don’t want to see that.

Sneak Peek: The Line Up’s New Auditionwear for 2013

January…bleh. The least fun month of the whole entire year. But there is always one thing to look forward to in the midst of the winter doldrums: new audition outfits! This is the time of year when The Line Up gives us a peek at their new options for the 2013 audition season. They just did a photoshoot with their new stuff, and they’ve got a photo preview on their Facebook page. **Update: The link is fixed now**

This time last year, I examined the 2012 collection and predicted the big sellers for the year. I warned you that my predictions are always wrong. And I was right. (Wait…so if my prediction is wrong, but my prediction about my prediction is right, does that mean I’m always wrong? Or always right?)

I hold firm that more people should have picked my favorites, but whatever.

The people who did looked really really cute.

To my surprise, out of all the new tops introduced last year, the one I saw most often was one of the “safest” designs. Cute top, but not as POW! as the others. In retrospect, it’s a choice that makes a lot of sense. Nobody hates this top, whereas some of the others might appeal to some folks more (or less!) than others.

This year, I won’t pretend to know what will float your boat. That does not prevent me from expressing my opinion, however. And please feel free to express yours in the comments section.

Here’s a thought. If you are in the market for an outfit for NFL/NBA auditions this year, scroll down to the three photos below and look at each one for 3-5 seconds. Then close your eyes and try to remember all of the outfits you just saw. The ones that stand out in your mind will probably stand out to the judges too.

Onward to the new oufits. Like to see it? Here it go:


BAM!


POW!


SHAZAM!

Hands-down, these are my two favorites:

They are super cute and if you don’t like them – and I’m saying this with love – there may be something wrong with you. I also suspect that the red fringe top in the first photo above is really really cute, but I haven’t had a good look at it yet.


This kind of thing…well, it takes a special kind of person to pull this off. And I expect that person is probably a returning veteran who can get away with it. But anyone who wears it will definitely be remembered.


Ditto on the pirate outfit. Although this kind of thing would be really cute for a solo. Maybe throw on a beret and do the French mademoiselle thing.

Hello, what’s this? Briefs! As far as I know, up until now TLU has done briefs, but they’ve all been very basic. Just one solid color, with options for the cut and rise. I think there’s one with a belt. Looks like they’re finally venturing into the world of coordinated briefs to go with the tops.

Is it me, or are the ones in the middle really really cute?

Is it me, or am I saying “really really cute” a lot? Clearly I need to broaden my vocabulary.

And if I may pass along one thing I hear at many auditions: booty shorts may feel safer, but generally speaking, briefs are more flattering.


I’m also digging these two. Isn’t it about time we brought sleeves back? Everyone goes sleeveless at NFL and NBA tryouts. I don’t know why. Do your armpits need to be free? Whatever the reason, they’re rare enough at auditions, that anyone with sleeves will stand out. Give it a shot. Dare to stand out in a sea of sleeveless halters.

Unless I am much mistaken, the one on the left is a variation on the Bucs Cheerleaders’ creamsicle outfits. Already that’s a plus.

I will leave you to flip through the new designs on your own, and ponder your strategy for standing out from the crowd. You can’t go wrong with an audition outfit from this company, regardless of which one you choose. And looking good will give you a little extra swagger in front of those judges.

Dang that yellow fringe is foxy. I can’t wait to see who has the cojones to wear it.

Newsday Exclusive: Sneak peek at the Ice Girls’ new look

Photo credit: Nina Ruggiero | New York Islanders Ice Girl Christina, 19, of Smithtown, models the new uniform by Angela King Designs. (Jan. 16, 2013)

By Nina Ruggiero
Long Island Newsday
January 16, 2013

The New York Islanders make their season debut Saturday at home after a long NHL lockout, and the Ice Girls will be ready — with a new look.

“I’m obsessed with it,” Ice Girl Christi, 23, of Bethpage said of the pink sequin long-sleeve crop top and skirt with blue fringe and orange and white detail. “It’s feminine and adorable.”

“I feel like a princess,” added Christina, 19, of Smithtown (pictured above).

There are 11 Ice Girls this season, and a new outfit is added every year. Last year, the girls got a new black sequin look to match the Islanders’ first black jersey.

Pink was the brainchild of the team’s vice president of operations and events, Tim Beach, who worked with the team at Angela King Designs to develop the outfit.

“Every year, the month of October is always Hockey Fights Cancer Month,” Beach says. “Through sports merchandise there’s been a rise in pink gear for females . . . We decided alright, this year let’s do it right . . . let’s have fun with it.”

The girls seemed to be having plenty of fun as they modeled their wardrobe options for a pre-season photo shoot Wednesday at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale.



Ice Girls Shannon, 20, of Bethpage, and Sara, 18, of Islip show off the black uniform created for the 2012 season.


Rachel, 23, of Smithtown, wears the New York Islanders Ice Girls white jersey uniform.


Christi, 23, of Bethpage, models the blue Ice Girls uniform.

So you didn’t make the team. You can pretend on Halloween!

Hardcourt Halloween: NBA licenses sexy ‘dance team’ costumes
By Adam Tschorn
Los Angeles Times
October 4, 2012, 10:32 a.m.

Since the NBA season officially gets underway the day before All Hallows Eve, perhaps it’s fitting that one of the National Basketball Assn.’s latest licensing deals is for women’s Halloween costumes.




Described by the NBA as “dance team costumes” (as opposed to, say, “sexy team groupie costumes,” or “sexy cheerleader uniforms”), the collection includes body-hugging, leg-baring riffs on the uniforms of five teams: the Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, Miami Heat, New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers.



The three-piece 100% polyester costumes, which consist of a top, a pair of color-coordinated knee-high athletic socks and either a super-short skirt or hotpants, are being sold nationwide through Party City’s retail stores and website and retail in the $50 to $60 range.



There’s a Los Angeles connection deeper than the sexy Lakers uniforms, too. The licensee behind the costumes is L.A.-based, family-owned lingerie and costume company Leg Avenue, which creates costumes under license for all kinds of entertainment properties including “Flashdance,” “Top Gun,” and new for 2012, “Grease.” (The company’s motto? “Leg Avenue … No one does sexy better!”)

The new Halloween costumes are just the latest in a range of efforts by professional sports leagues to acknowledge — and cater to — their female fan base, including team-inspired high heels (licensed by the NBA) and a Swarovski-crystal-encrusted T-shirt created by Marchesa co-founder Georgina Chapman for New York Jets fans, that was unveiled by the NFL on Oct. 2.

WRC uniforms

More new costumes for 2012! This time it’s the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders. I’m guessing this is “in addition to” (as opposed to “in stead of”) their white uniforms. What do you think?

New ROAR uniforms

Check it it – the Jacksonville Jaguars Cheerleaders have new uniforms for the 2012-13 NFL season. Unless I’m much mistaken, this is the first white uniform this team has ever had. The good news is, we can see the tops. The bad news is, we don’t know what’s going on with the bottoms. We can see a little slice on Tajonda, so I’m guessing those are white shorts, but for all I know, they’re knee-length gaucho pants. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

Check out the Sea Gals’ new uniforms

The Seahawks cheerleaders have almost always had at least one nautical style outfit in their costume closet. Back in the day, they even had little sailor hats to go with. The team redesigns the sailor costume now and again to keep it fresh. It’s been 6 years since the last update, so I guess they were about due for a change. Our friends from All Pro 3 recently tweeted a photo of some of Sea Gals in their new sailor costumes at the P.R.O. workshop in Atlanta. They are very very cute, but dang those are some itty bitty little shorts.

On the other hand, it’s going to be real interesting when the high waisted shorts (featured in every major fashion mag these days) work their way off the runways and into the pro cheer design aesthetic.

A New Resource for Audition Outfits

If you’re planning to audition for an NFL team this spring, now is good time to start thinking about what you’re going to wear.

With that in mind, I’d like to give a shoutout to DallasWear Uniforms, which launched their new collection of auditionwear separates this week. If it sounds a little familiar, that’s because you’re probably thinking of the company DallasWear, which used to advertise on this site. Dallaswear, owned by Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader alum Terra Watson, has been making custom uniforms for pro dance teams for years. Dallaswear Uniforms is Terra’s new endeavor, offering an array of mix-n-match pro styles that can be purchased individually, and customized in your choice of fabric and accessories.*

One of their standout characteristics is the wide variety of fun prints and patterns to choose from. I’m talking polka dots, plaid, zebra, gingham, camo, calico, houndstooth, tie-dye, geometrics, swirls, and more. If you’re feeling bold, you can go with a head-to-toe pattern.

Or not.Solids are offered as well, for those who prefer something a little more subdued.

And of course they will bedazzle it left, right, and center for you.

If you’re in the market for a cute audition outfit, this seems like a good site to peruse. Plus, if you “Like” them on facebook they’ll give you a little discount on your outfit.

Click here to visit DallasWearUniforms.com
Click here to visit DallasWear Uniforms on Facebook

*Standard disclaimer: I don’t own, work for, or make money from this company. And I have nothing whatsoever to do with the design and distribution of their products, ok? I just think their stuff is cute.

Vintage Laker Girl Uniforms on ebay

If you’re a die hard Laker Girl fan, this is your chance to own a piece of Laker Girl history. There’s a guy on eBay selling two vintage 1979 Laker Girl costumes. (They look to be two different sizes. One of the girls must’ve been a real shrimp.)

Bidding starts at $10,000 for the set of two, and the auction ends Wednesday 4/28. That’s right, I said ten THOUSAND dollars. Maybe that’s pocket change to you. If it is, this could be a real steal. (I might add however, that if you really do have that kind of money lying around, we’re always open to donations here at UC. Travel and camera equipment ain’t cheap, wink wink)


Click here to go to the auction page.
Click here to see the same listing on craigslist.



Obligatory disclaimer: I don’t know the guy selling these outfits, so I can’t vouch for him or the authenticity of the costumes. Bid at your own risk. (If I were bidding, I’d probably ask the guy why the Sergio Valente patch appears in the color photo but not in the black and white. He says has documentation, so I’m sure there’s an explanation…)

Get ready for the holidays!

Many dance teams in the NBA and NFL perform in holiday-themed costumes for Halloween and Christmas “the winter holidays.” Some teams put everyone in the same costume. Some pick a theme i.e. witches or fairies and each dancer picks a costume that’s a variation on that theme.

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Other teams arrange it so everyone wears something different.

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In any case, every year, after the holidays, I receive a few emails asking where Team X or Team Y got their holiday outfits, so I thought I’d be proactive and post the info ahead of time.

Santa-themed outfits are everywhere. It won’t take much looking to find something you’ll like.
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When it comes to Halloween, the options are countless. There is an incredible variety of costumes out there, from witches and pirates, to superheroes and fairytale characters. Some are cute and funny and flirty, and some cross the line from costume to lingerie. (Duh – obviously the scandalous stuff is more appropriate in your own home than at the game.) You can dial the sexy up or down however you want.

In terms of cost, I’ve seen costumes start at around $25 and go up from there. Here are a few places to get started:

Amazon.com’s Halloween Store
3 Wishes
Yandy
My Diva’s Closet
Flirt Catalog
Spook Shop
Leg Avenue

I’ve also discovered an unexpected array of footwear to go with just about any costume you could imagine. Who knew you could do so much with a pair of go-go boots?

costume_boots

Most of the outfits I’ve seen on the court and on the field can be found on these sites. I’m not endorsing these vendors – having never purchased anything from them – but they’ve all got cute stuff. They’ve got just about every holiday covered, including Christmas, of course, but also Independence Day, Valentine’s Day, Saint Patty’s, and even Thanksgiving, so if you have a theme-based performance coming up for any of these holidays, you might want to take a look at those costumes too.

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Hope this helps. Let me know what you come up with!