Dressing for Indoor Ice Skating Sessions: What Beginners Need to Know

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Are you hoping to get a little ice time in this winter? Do you want to make sure that you arrive at your local ice skating rink dressed appropriately? If so, you may want to take a quick look at a few of my fashion tips. Here they are:

Boot Color

When I learned to ice skate, it was traditional for males to wear black boots. Females were expected to wear white or tan boots. Nowadays, there are several retailers that sell figure skates in assorted colors. However, those types of figure skates often have to be special ordered and take several weeks to be delivered.


Based on my experience, you'll want to consider wearing two pairs of thin, seamless, knee-high socks. I'd also suggest that you consider selecting socks that are made from a moisture-wicking, breathable, stretchable, odor fighting material. I have found that doing so helps to reduce blister formation, foot odors and incidents of athlete's feet.


Even though you plan on skating indoors, the air temperature inside the ice rink is apt to be on the chilly side. Therefore, you'll want to consider wearing a form-fitting, long sleeve top or bodysuit. Because you are likely to perspire during your ice skating session, the top or bodysuit should ideally be made from a breathable, stretchable, moisture-wicking material. If you tend to get cold easily, you may also want to consider wearing a form-fitting jacket, form-fitting gloves and ear muffs for extra warmth.


You have two main options when it comes to dressing the lower half of your body. First, you may opt to go with a form-fitting pair of pants or leggings made from a stretchable material. Second, you may opt to wear a figure skating skirt. I prefer wearing pants when I ice skate because my legs have a tendency to get cold. I also prefer to select pants that are made from a thin, breathable, moisture-wicking material. That way, I can wear them to the ice skating rink underneath a pair of fleece sweatpants.

Hair Styles and Accessories

When it comes to hair styles and hair accessories, you'll want to be practical. Certain hair styles, hair accessories and jewelry could feasibly get in the way during spinning and jumping maneuvers. Examples include scarves, dangling ear rings, long hair and hair ribbons. Hence, if you have long hair, you may want to consider putting it in a bun or a short pony tail.

Killeen Gonzalez enjoys winter sports and recreation with her family. She has also traveled extensively.

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