Belly dancing clothes are a fashionable way to celebrate Halloween. These outfits have unique, beautiful and colorful designs.
Belly dancing clothes or belly dancing costumes, as the name suggests, are garments worn by belly dancers. Belly dance is a type of dance in which every part of the body is involved, though the most featured body part is usually the belly and hips.
Belly dance is sometimes called Middle Eastern dance or Arabic dance as it originated from the Middle East. Such traditional dance has evolved now, both in costume and dance style.
Since belly dance takes many different forms depending on country and region, there are also different types of belly dancing clothes. The most common belly dancing clothes is comprised of a fitted top or bra, a fitted hip belt, and a skirt or harem pants. Such belly dancing clothes is called “bedlah”, which is Arabic for suit.
The bra and the belt are the foundation of belly dancing costumes. The fitted top or bra as well as the fitted hip belt are usually made with a fringe of beads or coins. Some are richly decorated with sequins, braid and embroidery. The hip belt is a broad piece of fabric. It may be sewn into a skirt or a separate piece worn low on the hips.
There are many variations for harem pants. The classic harem pants are full and gathered at the ankle. Harem pants are sometimes worn together with a sheer skirt. Skirts used in belly dancing are usually made of multiple layers of one color sheer fabric chiffon.
Belly dance costume designs are divided into styles. There are at least three popular styles of belly dancing clothes: Egyptian, Turkish and American.
Egyptian belly dancing clothes
Egyptian belly dancing clothes is comprised of a gown or skirt, a fringed bra, separate sleeves and veil. Often, a matching bra and belt set, that can be worn over a variety of different skirts, are used. Egyptian style may also include a long, figure-hugging lycra one-piece gown with strategically placed cut-outs filled in with sheer, flesh-colored fabric. A sheer body stocking may also be worn to cover the midsection.
Turkish belly dancing clothes
Turkish belly dancing clothes contain three or four pieces which include a bra and a two or three piece belt with a skirt and veil. The skirt may or may not be attached to the belt. Many Turkish belly dancing costumes reflect the playful, flirty style of Turkish belly dance. Some, especially the earlier Turkish belly dancing costumes include skirts designed to display both legs up to the hip, and plunging bras.
American belly dancing clothes
The American style of belly dancing clothes often comprised of an accessorized top or bra, which is usually decorated with coins and metalwork. They also include belt, harem pants or long skirt. Sheer harem pants or skirts are used rather than tight lycra. Sometimes, a veil is used. It may also include a fringed headband.
There are other belly dancing clothes such as the Lebanese type, the oriental and tribal belly dance clothes.
Lebanese belly dancing clothes is comprised of a sheer and skimpy skirt, bra and hip belt. A veil may also be worm.
There is also the oriental belly dancing clothes design that contains several pieces. This includes a bra and one-piece belt, a skirt, which may or may not be attached to the belt, and a veil.
Another variety is the tribal belly dance clothes which include elaborate headdresses and turbans, tribal jewellery, and layered skirts. Also an essential part is the exotic make-up and face decoration.
Belly dancing clothes are meant to stand out. These garments are meticulously crafted.