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StormTrouper

A 27” waist at 5.5’ sounds like you are of a slender build (size XS).  Without knowing your chest measurement (largest measure around your back and pecs) or girth its hard to say if you have a tall torso or a large-ish chest or not.  Separate top and undergarment give you the greatest flexibility, plus you wash whatever piece needs to be washed.  It depends whether you buy a men’s dance specialty shirt (most expensive), Under Armour tight fit shirt (mid range) or just a close fitting cotton t-shirt (cheapest, with the least stretch).  If you prefer a dance specialty shirt then the one piece integrated set from Wear Moi works out to be a bit cheaper... but then you need to have several copies to rotate through the wash n dry cycle.  So it depends if you dance daily, every other day, once weekly, so frequency and your wallet.  As you are starting out and not attending an academy with a dress code, you could just get separates at whichever price you feel the most comfortable spending, for the first year or so.  If you really get into ballet then you can add more items to your kit.  Like if you start contemporary, you might wish to add a unitard (i.e. short sleeves and short legs).  Just start and see whether ballet suits you and vice versa 🙂

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10 hours ago, StormTrouper said:

A 27” waist at 5.5’ sounds like you are of a slender build (size XS).  Without knowing your chest measurement (largest measure around your back and pecs) or girth its hard to say if you have a tall torso or a large-ish chest or not.  Separate top and undergarment give you the greatest flexibility, plus you wash whatever piece needs to be washed.  It depends whether you buy a men’s dance specialty shirt (most expensive), Under Armour tight fit shirt (mid range) or just a close fitting cotton t-shirt (cheapest, with the least stretch).  If you prefer a dance specialty shirt then the one piece integrated set from Wear Moi works out to be a bit cheaper... but then you need to have several copies to rotate through the wash n dry cycle.  So it depends if you dance daily, every other day, once weekly, so frequency and your wallet.  As you are starting out and not attending an academy with a dress code, you can just get separates at whichever price you feel the most comfortable spending, for the first year ir so.  If you really get into ballet then you can add more items to your kit.  Like if you start contemporary, you might wish to add a unitard (shirt sleeves and legs).  Just start and see whether ballet suits you and vice versa 🙂

Great advice, again I'm grateful.

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