Most studios offering ballet classes require children to wear tights, leotards and slippers. However, the specific kind of attire students must wear usually varies by level and gender. Girls generally wear pink ballet slippers, while boys generally wear black or white ballet slippers. Boys also often wear a white T-shirt in place of a leotard. Although girls mainly need dresses and tutus for performances, they can normally wear a wrap skirt for classes.
Young children should have leather ballet slippers that are approximately half a size larger than their sneakers. This allows children to use their slippers for a longer period of time, since they won't outgrow them as quickly. Beginners do not need pointe shoes, as studios typically reserve pointe for more advanced students. Children who are taking a class that incorporates tap or jazz should have a pair of tap or jazz shoes handy.
In the winter, some studios permit students to wear legwarmers and sweaters.
Many studios prefer that girls wear their hair in a bun. Parents can purchase products that act as a base for their daughters' buns. They can also purchase hair nets that help keep tresses in place. Boys with long hair typically have to pull it back in a tie.