How to Dress for Hula Hooping

by Mama Ruby

Choosing the right clothing can make or break your hoop experience, especially when you are just starting. Dressing incorrectly is one of the first mistakes most beginners make. Not you, though; you came to Ruby Hooping to soak up all the hoop knowledge before beginning. 

Dressing Right for Hula Hooping No Matter Your Size

So, why is dressing correctly so important for beginner hula hoopers? Because choosing the wrong clothing could make it much harder to learn to hoop than it has to be — particularly when it comes to hooping around your waist, which is what most people want to learn straight out the gate. 

Here is an image of a great example of how you should dress as a beginner hula hooper: Isn’t Holly beautiful? This picture was taken of one of our sponsored hoopers, Holly Brammer, at Ruby Retreat 2019.

Now, let me show you an example of what you would not want to wear as a hooper who is just starting out:

hua hooping after hip replacementPictured here is Kate Ruggiero, also one of our sponsored hoopers and a general baddie. How she’s dressed is fine for a seasoned hooper who has honed her skills to the point of being able overcome the obstacles that attire can present. I just would not recommend it for a beginner. 

So, let’s break down the differences between these two photos. In the first image, you’ll notice Holly is wearing form-fitting clothing. None of the fabrics she has chosen are particularly slippery.  And though you can’t see her shoes in the photo, I’m almost positive she was barefoot that day. Barefoot or minimal protective footwear is excellent for hooping, not unlike practicing yoga. It’s really important to be able to feel grounded. This helps with balance, which you’ll need a surprising amount of to execute many hoop tricks.

In the picture of Kate, you’ll notice quite the opposite. Baggy, bulky clothing that isn’t form fitting, bulky boots, and sunglasses. Though she looks cool enough to be in the next Matrix film, she is only able to hoop successfully while dressed this way because at the time that photo was taken, she had already been practicing for at least five years.

The bottom line is that if you’re just starting out, and you’re trying to learn things like waist hooping, shoulder hooping, and foundational hula hoop tricks, you should dress in clothing that is form fitting, not slick, and very stretchy. You want to be able to move freely when you’re hooping because trust me, you will be moving your body in brand new ways as you move through learning how to hula hoop. 

The reason you want to make sure you don’t choose slippery fabrics is because the hoop will not grip to them. Instead, it will fall straight down even when you are doing the correct movements with your body. Satin, silk, and anything similar is absolutely not your friend when learning how to hula hoop. Stick to cotton, polyester blends, and things that have a grippier feeling.

If you’re not sure where to start, I would recommend your favorite close-fitting tank top and these super stretchy and soft Angelina seamless leggings.

What to Wear When Learning Hula Hooping

  • Tank tops
  • Leggings
  • Shorts
  • Comfortable shoes that you can move easily in
  • No shoes, when possible
  • Fabrics that do not feel slippery

What NOT to Wear When Learning Hula Hooping

  • Satin or silk
  • Bulky items like a coat or layers
  • Boots or any shoes you can’t move freely in
  • Baggy clothing

I hope this helps you avoid the mistake of thinking you can’t hula hoop when it’s actually just your clothing holding you back. I’ve said in other posts, when you can practice naked or in a bathing suit, do that! Your skin grips so much better than clothes ever will. But, if you’re in public, that’s unfortunately not allowed, so leggings or shorts and tank tops are your next best option 🙂 Happy Hooping! 

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