(If you are trying to figure out what to wear to a hip hop class, check this series out)
I own the movie Honey because I love all sorts of dance movies. Maybe I’m too old to watch these teen movies, but I love them! I also saw the movie Step Up 2 recently as well as Take the Lead and Shall We Dance.
Although I love to dress girly in floral dresses, a part of me loves to get into some comfy street clothes and go dancing. When you dance, you’re exercising and having a ton of fun. Plus, learning a new skill like hip hop dance moves is empowering, not to mention sexy!
I also like dance movies because of the style inspiration of the costume designers. Who knows if the style portrayed on the screen is at all reminiscent of authentic hip hop street style. I just know some of the outfits are worth imitating! So, for the hip hop dancer in you, here are a couple of styles I loved from two dance movies and ways to copy the look.
Honey – Camo and orange
This is my favorite dance outfit in the entire movie. She started off wearing some sort of midriff 3/4 top and then she pulls it over her head and makes it some kind of shrug and dons her orange sports bra. I just love the color combination of the orange and navy blue top and the camo pants.
You can check out this short 2 minute clip of the cast and crew talking about the costumes on the set of Honey. The outfit is mentioned at 0:59 and you can see how she pulls the shirt over her head to create the shrug:
Personally, although I love Honey’s entire outfit, I wouldn’t want to dance in heavy camo pants. I’d rather wear capri camo’s. Or for the ultimate comfort, nothing beats sweats! You can still achieve the camouflage look with these sweats:
As far as the top goes, I’m not too keen on revealing my entire midriff. I’d probably wear a racerback tank top.
If you want the actual look of Honey though, you can get an orange sports bra like this one:
As far as the shrug, I’d probably either wear a cropped, lightweight hoodie like this one:
I like the pale gray color. Or go even shorter and wear a gray shrug like the one on the top right:
But because I really like the color combination that Honey wore, I’d most likely stick with a navy blue shrug like this one:
The website didn’t show the front, but the front looks like this pink one, only in the denim color above:
Don’t let the ballerina picture fool you, this shrug could totally be worn as hip hop attire!
Step Up 2 – Hats, fit tops, baggy pants
Step up 2 is one of the latest hip hop dance movies. We can get some inspiration from the female lead, Andie, played by Briana Evigan. Here are some of her outfits:
A similar style theme running through is that of over sized bottoms and tiny tops. You can roll up the leg of one of the pants too, like in photo 3 and 4. That seems to be a popular trend. Notice also how she accessorizes with hats and wristbands. The wristband definitely serves a utilitarian purpose to wipe off sweat from dancing. I like the color combination of orange and dark khaki green/olive green of photo 1 and 3 as well as the black white and gray combo of photo 4.
Here are some possible clothes that match the Step Up 2 Outfits of Andie:
Cropped orange hoodie like picture 1:
And the cropped top is more like a spaghetti strapped sports bra. It can easily be replaced by an actual orange sports bra like Honey’s:
The pants can be any pair of olive green loose cargo pants like these:
I like the draw string bottoms. Great for if you want to pull up one side! Notice too how Andie also has something orange/red peaking out of her low waist pants. I think it’s just a pair of lyrca/spandex shorts so she doesn’t show too much below the waist. (since her pants sit pretty low) You can wear a low-rider pair like this under the pants:
As far as hats go, here are a couple that look like Andie’s:
Photo 6 – Navy blue military cap:
Photo 5 – Green mesh trucker hat. I like the bright green/white front with side mesh kinds that are a tiny bit oversize like Andie’s, so they’re not super snug.