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The Discount Dance Leotard I Wear With Everything

It’s like a sports bra for your entire torso.

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I’m not a graceful person, nor are my dance moves particularly impressive. Yet somehow, a single item from a discount dance supply website has become of my most trusted wardrobe components: this uber-basic $14 black leotard. I call it my Power Onesie.

To clarify, this isn’t a Cool Girl Leotard by any stretch: no off-the-shoulder action, no plunging back, nary a hint of cleavage. It’s a simple, black, tank top-style leotard with sturdy straps. At a glance, it’s nothing special, but I’ve worn it with everything from light-wash jeans and a moto jacket to joggers and sneakers. It’s the perfect garment to wear underneath sheer blouses and anything else that would generally benefit from some kind of camisole-like “foundation garment” beneath — the perfect alternative to fidgeting with tank tops that ride up or refuse to stay tucked in throughout the day.

Speaking of foundations, this bad boy was engineered for the kind of physical activity that involves leaping around quite a bit, which means I can trust my 34DD rack to stay put sans bra. (I think of it as a sports bra for my entire torso, except, well, actually comfortable.) It creates a nice smooth line that I don't have to waste a single second thinking about, and it’s held its shape after countless spins through the washer. Plus, it’s cheap.