That being said, as a beginner, your skin grip is minimal to start with and you can hang out in your fave gym gear or leggings and a loose comfy top, as long as you can move freely. As you progress, your grip will become more important and you’ll need to bring shorts, culminating in your first inverted positions as an intermediate poler, requiring that exposed midriff.
Ok cool, that makes sense, but there are so many buts!
“But I don’t feel comfortable wearing that sort of stuff because [insert elements of your physical body you don’t approve of here].”
Well, tough. In pole class, we actually learn that you can wear whatever the hell you want without being 1000% totally-over-the-moon-happy with how your meatsuit looks because you’re smashing the shit out of those pole moves and you’re effing strong. We wear what we wear because we are celebrating what our bodies can do, not what they look like. End of.
“But why do you need those bitsy bottoms and the cut out top, bigger shorts and tops would do the job just fine.”
Yes some definitely would, but I’m afraid again, well, tough, we just wanna look bloody nice in stuff that makes us feel good. The wearer might feel better about themselves wearing those fancy shorts with the sides cut out, so be happy for them. The fact that pole class is a safe space where we can wear whatever we want should be celebrated, not criticised. With women, but let’s face it, all of us regardless of gender, being chastised all the time for being too thin, too big, not sexy enough, too sexy, too tall, too short, too shy, too determined, pole class provides us all with an escape where every single one of us can be whoever we want to be, if that means wearing short shorts, great, if that means bigger shorts that go down to your knees, also great! We express ourselves through clothing, and pole class gives us a chance to do so in an immersive, embracing, supportive and non-judgemental environment where no one cares if you have cellulite, stretch marks, scars, wobbly bits or not shaved your legs or armpits.
We also want non-polers to understand that pole as we know it being taught in studios around the world today originated in the clubs. Pole wear, totally aside from its functional aspect, is therefore also a direct product of the origins of pole <3
Anyhow, I got quite passionate while writing this, so please excuse the swearing, but I believe in being real.