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Fashion trends 2023 in rhythmic gymnastics (part 1)

I love research and analysis just due to my profession! If anyone doesn't know, the author of the blog is a business analyst ;) And of course I especially love researches related to gymnastics, leotards, etc.


Starting from this post we will explore the fashion trends of 2023. Although the competition year is only halfway through, new leotards trends in rhythmic gymnastics have already clearly formed during the spring, and already familiar trends from past seasons have taken root.


Leotards with thin straps or an imitation of them over skin-colored mesh became quite a "hot" trend. This trend scared us as creators of the leotards at first. The big question was the usability and comfort of the thin straps... but it was worth of trying and it can be decisively stated that well-designed and properly done thin straps are a stable and beautiful solution for the rhythmic gymnastics leotards in 2023.


Here are a few examples of leotards where thin straps are used.


thin straps, rhythmic gymnastics competition dress Vile Sperskaite Lithuania, photo Indrek Kask
Vile Sperskaite Lithuania. Photo by Indrek Kask
thin straps, rhythmic gymnastics competition costume Valeria Valasevits, photo Indrek Kask
Valeria Valasevits Estonia. Photo by Indrek Kask
thin straps, rhythmic gymnastics competition dress Stiliana Nikolova Bulgaria, photo Indrek Kask
Stiliana Nikolova Bulgaria. Photo by Indrek Kask
thin straps, rhythmic gymnastics competition dress Sofia Raffaelli Italy, photo Indrek Kask
Sofia Raffaelli Italy. Photo by Indrek Kask
thin straps, rhythmic gymnastics competition dress Sofia Jakovleva Estonia, photo Indrek Kask
Sofia Jakovleva Estonia. Photo by Indrek Kask
thin straps, rhythmic gymnastics competition dress Sabina Bakatova Kazakhstan, photo Indrek Kask
Sabina Bakatova Kazakhstan. Photo by Indrek Kask
thin straps, rhythmic gymnastics competition dress Lian Rona Israel, photo Indrek Kask
Lian Rona Israel. Photo by Indrek Kask
thin straps, rhythmic gymnastics competition dress Nikol Todorova Bulgaria, photo Indrek Kask
Nikol Todorova Bulgaria. Photo by Indrek Kask
thin straps, rhythmic gymnastics competition suit Junior Team Romania, photo Indrek Kask
Junior Team Romania. Photo by Indrek Kask
thin straps, rhythmic gymnastics competition dress Erika Rusak United States, photo Indrek Kask
Erika Rusak United States. Photo by Indrek Kask
thin straps, rhythmic gymnastics competition dress Elzhana Taniyeva Kazakhstan, photo Indrek Kask
Elzhana Taniyeva Kazakhstan. Photo by Indrek Kask
thin straps, rhythmic gymnastics competition dress Elvira Krasnobaeva Bulgaria, photo Indrek Kask
Elvira Krasnobaeva Bulgaria. Photo by Indrek Kask
thin straps, rhythmic gymnastics competition dress Elvira Krasnobaeva Bulgaria, photo Indrek Kask
Elvira Krasnobaeva Bulgaria. Photo by Indrek Kask
thin straps, rhythmic gymnastics competition dress Daniela Munits Israel, photo Indrek Kask
Daniela Munits Israel. Photo by Indrek Kask

Monochrome, i.e. single-color, has clearly emerged as another trend. Many leotards are made completely in one color and decorated with rhinestones of either the same color, transparent or another color rhinestones.

monochrome, rhythmic gymnastics competition dress Xenia Benkovitsova Slovakia, photo Indrek Kask
Xenia Benkovitsova Slovakia. Photo by Indrek Kask
monochrome, rhythmic gymnastics competition dress Takhmina Ikromova Uzbekistan, photo Indrek Kask
Takhmina Ikromova Uzbekistan. Photo by Indrek Kask
monochrome, rhythmic gymnastics competition dress Polina Karika Ukraine, photo Indrek Kask
Polina Karika Ukraine. Photo by Indrek Kask
monochrome, rhythmic gymnastics competition dress Liliana Lewinska Poland, photo Indrek Kask
Liliana Lewinska Poland. Photo by Indrek Kask
monochrome, rhythmic gymnastics competition dress Nikol Todorova Bulgaria, photo Indrek Kask
Nikol Todorova Bulgaria. Photo by Indrek Kask
monochrome, rhythmic gymnastics competition dress Hanna Wiesner Hungary, photo Indrek Kask
Hanna Wiesner Hungary. Photo by Indrek Kask
monochrome, rhythmic gymnastics competition uniform Junior Team Lithuania, photo Indrek Kask
Junior Team Lithuania. Photo by Indrek Kask
monochrome, rhythmic gymnastics competition costume Fanni Pigniczki Hungary, photo Indrek Kask
Fanni Pigniczki Hungary. Photo by Indrek Kask
monochrome, rhythmic gymnastics competition dress Elzhana Taniyeva Kazakhstan, photo Indrek Kask
Elzhana Taniyeva Kazakhstan. Photo by Indrek Kask
monochrome, rhythmic gymnastics competition dress Elvira Krasnobaeva Bulgaria, photo Indrek Kask
Elvira Krasnobaeva Bulgaria. Photo by Indrek Kask
monochrome, rhythmic gymnastics competition dress Diana Artiomova Lithuania, photo Indrek Kask
Diana Artiomova Lithuania. Photo by Indrek Kask
monochrome, rhythmic gymnastics competition costume Elena Vukmir Hungary, photo Indrek Kask
Elena Vukmir Hungary. Photo by Indrek Kask
monochrome, rhythmic gymnastics competition dress Anastasija Volocko Lithuania, photo Indrek Kask
Anastasija Volocko Lithuania. Photo by Indrek Kask

Let's move on to the next trend, which is minimalism. In recent times, we often see completely undecorated or slightly decorated leotards, with a clear emphasis on simplicity, i.e. minimalism. The basic fabric can be lycra, velvet or even a hologram, which brings its own sparkle substituting rhinestones.


minimalism, rhythmic gymnastics competition dress Bianca Saber Estonia, photo Indrek Kask
Bianca Saber Estonia. Photo by Indrek Kask
minimalism, rhythmic gymnastics competition suit Team Saksa, photo Indrek Kask
Team Germany. Photo by Indrek Kask
minimalism, rhythmic gymnastics competition dress Sofia Jakovleva Estonia, photo Indrek Kask
Sofia Jakovleva Estonia. Photo by Indrek Kask
minimalism, rhythmic gymnastics competition suit Junior Team Lithuania, photo Indrek Kask
Junior Team Lithuania. Photo by Indrek Kask
minimalism, rhythmic gymnastics competition suit Junior Team Lithuania, photo Indrek Kask
Junior Team Lithuania. Photo by Indrek Kask

As the opposite of minimalism, interesting color combinations and complex patterns can be seen in many leotards.


Neon-colored rhinestones on a black fabric are clearly favorites.

neon colors, rhythmic gymnastics competition dress Valentina Moya Mexico, photo Indrek Kask
Valentina Moya Mexico. Photo by Indrek Kask
neon colors, rhythmic gymnastics competition dress Takhmina Ikromova Uzbekistan, photo Indrek Kask
Takhmina Ikromova Uzbekistan. Photo by Indrek Kask
neon colors, rhythmic gymnastics competition dress Nikol Todorova Bulgaria, photo Indrek Kask
Nikol Todorova Bulgaria. Photo by Indrek Kask
neon colors, rhythmic gymnastics competition dress Lola Djuraeva Uzbekistan, photo Indrek Kask
Lola Djuraeva Uzbekistan. Photo by Indrek Kask

Also bright colors without a black background.

colorful rhythmic gymnastics competition costume Valeria Valasevits Estonia, photo Indrek Kask
Valeria Valasevits Estonia. Photo by Indrek Kask
colorful rhythmic gymnastics competition costume Stiliana Nikolova Bulgaria, photo Indrek Kask
Stiliana Nikolova Bulgaria. Photo by Indrek Kask
colorful rhythmic gymnastics competition dress Seohyn Park South Korea, photo Indrek Kask
Seohyn Park South Korea. Photo by Indrek Kask
colorful rhythmic gymnastics competition dress Lian Rona Israel, photo Indrek Kask
Lian Rona Israel. Photo by Indrek Kask

Contrasting gradients.

Gradient colored rhythmic gymnastics competition suit Junior Team Slovakia, photo Indrek Kask
Junior Team Slovakia. Photo by Indrek Kask
Gradient-dyed rhythmic gymnastics competition suit Team Israel, photo Indrek Kask
Team Israel. Photo by Indrek Kask

Gentle and pastel color combinations.

colorful rhythmic gymnastics competition dress Alva Svennbeck Sweden, photo Indrek Kask
Alva Svennbeck Sweden. Photo by Indrek Kask
colorful rhythmic gymnastics competition costume Christina Dragan Romania, photo Indrek Kask
Christina Dragan Romania. Photo by Indrek Kask
colorful rhythmic gymnastics competition suit Junior Team Romania, photo Indrek Kask
Junior Team Romania. Photo by Indrek Kask

Complex patterns.

colorful rhythmic gymnastics competition dress Taisiia Onofriichuk Ukraine, photo Indrek Kask
Taisiia Onofriichuk Ukraine. Photo by Indrek Kask
colorful rhythmic gymnastics competition costume Stiliana Nikolova Bulgaria, photo Indrek Kask
Stiliana Nikolova Bulgaria. Photo by Indrek Kask

Clearly geometric patterns in leotards are still popular.

geometric rhythmic gymnastics competition costume Viktoriia Onopriienko Ukraine, photo Indrek Kask
Viktoriia Onopriienko Ukraine. Photo by Indrek Kask
geometric rhythmic gymnastics competition costume Victoria Irdla Estonia, photo Indrek Kask
Victoria Irdla Estonia. Photo by Indrek Kask
geometric rhythmic gymnastics competition dress Bianca Saber Estonia, photo Indrek Kask
Bianca Saber Estonia. Photo by Indrek Kask
geometric rhythmic gymnastics competition suit Junior Team Ukraine, photo Indrek Kask
Junior Team Ukraine. Photo by Indrek Kask
geometric rhythmic gymnastics competition dress Bianca Saber Estonia, photo Indrek Kask
Bianca Saber Estonia. Photo by Indrek Kask

Read more about the fashion trends for rhythmic gymnastics competition costumes in our second post, which we will published next week on Thursday 3 July 2023. In the next post, we will cover more trends in sleeves, collars and themed leotards. Stay tuned!


P.S. All sample photos are amazing photos taken by Indrek Kask from this year's international competitions.

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