Hi! My name is Christy Lyn. I am the lead dancewear designer of Royal Couture! This is the first article in my monthly fashion article series on Showstopper VIP. In this series, I will be using my fashion and design knowledge to give you the top tips for bringing together your love of dance and all the latest fashion trends. Let’s get started!

It’s officially summer, and to me, it’s all about new fashion trends for a new season! I am always being asked, “How do I style my velvet leotards into an everyday fashion look?”  Luckily, turning leotards into amazing outfits that you can totally wear out is one of my favorite things to do. Wearing your leos outside of the studio isn’t just fun. It also creates a seamless transition for a dancer going from the studio to the streets.

Love Your Leo

Start with your favorite or most comfortable leotard that makes you feel good! (I know I have a favorite leotard! Do you?) Stay on trend with current summer colors and textures like crushed velvet, or go for a classic look with a basic tank style or halter. You can also achieve a more edgy look with mesh cutouts or a super fierce open back Leotard! This is the fun part where you can showcase your personality by choosing a style out of your dancewear closet that represents you!

Show Off Your Shoes

Throw on some bold boots for runway vibes, or try fun colorful kicks for a statement look. My favorite shoes are a staple piece – solid colored sneakers that go with everything. Your footwear serves as a complement to your leotard and represents your style! 



Jazz It Up With a Jacket

You can complete this sassy summer look with a light denim jacket tied around your waist or thrown over your shoulder to give you some flair! Even if it’s hot, jackets are a fabulous accessory you won’t want to leave out of any ensemble. 

Dare to Denim

Next, you’ll want to add a pair of your favorite jeans or shorts to wear over your leotard. This easy step will instantly transform your everyday dance leotard into a fit you can sport outside the studio! 

Everyday is a Fashion Show and the world is your runway

– Coco Chanel

Glam Up with Jewelry

Incorporating a choker, necklace, or charming earrings can just add so much to the look you are creating. It is also a wonderful way to showcase your personality! Jewelry can help cement the attitude of your outfit.


Nothing says summer like some sweet shades! Pair Sunglasses with your outfit to create a fierce vibe unlike any other. (#slay queen) Or add a cute handbag to give your outfit a pop of color and texture!

Real Style is never right or wrong. It’s a matter of being yourself!


Have Fun!

My last piece of advice for rocking a leotard this summer is to be you! Make this look your own! Confidence looks gorgeous no matter what you’re wearing.

Instagram it! We can’t wait to see how you style your leotards for the summer! Tag me (@royalcouturexo) and Showstopper (@goshowstopper) on social media with the hashtag #RoyalCoutureXshowstopper if you try any of these looks! 


Christy Lyn

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Christy Lyn is a ballerina, model, designer, and choreographer. She started dancing at a very young age and currently choreographs and trains in multiple styles of dance with a focus in ballet. Her choreography work has debuted at the Lincoln Center in the Youth America Grand Prix Gala, “Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow.” Christy walks and dances in fashion shows for national and international designers at LAFW and NYFW. She is also the unstoppable designer and founder of the chic dance fashion brand Royal Couture.