Some ideas for swing dance costumes include skirts and pants with high waists for women and pants with straight legs for men. Women can pair the skirts or pants with a blouse, while men can add a button-down top with a fitted suit.
The company Simplicity has a wide array of patterns for vintage dresses that are appropriate for the swing dance style. The 1940s dress style usually consisted of a fitted top, a small collar and an a-line shaped skirt. A shirt dress with buttons down the front or a dress with buttons that go to the waist are options that are fitting to the dance style.
When making a high-waist skirt, it should fit snugly at the smallest part of the waist or just a little bit higher. Skirts from the time period when swing was popular often fell just below or at the knee. Skirts that allow for movement, which is important when dancing, have an a-frame shape, or are trumpet or circle skirts.
If making a blouse for a woman, some ideas to incorporate are puffy sleeves, buttons down the front and a collar with a bow, though a small collar is more true to the style of the swing time period. Puffy sleeves may either be big and bell-shaped or short and cute. Puffy sleeves allow for more room for movement when dancing. Ideas for material to use are old-style floral prints, jewel-tone colors and polka dots.