This v-neck situation isn’t unique to the female competitors. There seems to be a grand tradition of male ice dancers/figure skaters who wear deep v-necks with flesh colored connective spandex keeping it all in place.
While it looks like Max Aaron is wearing a camisole under his unitard, it’s a relatively tame one. Things progressively get worse:
Things really start to get hazy when the flesh panels get embellished, like Evgeny Plyushchenko‘s get up.
Min Zhang shows the worst case scenario–things get all bunchy and weird, as if a thick, discolored layer of skin is coming off.
As far as women’s costumes go, the only successful way to use these skin panels is to do some sort of embellishment and keep it very, very sheer. That way, it doesn’t look like a horrifying second skin.
I’m not wild about Ashley Cain‘s white choker/wrist guards, but at the very least mesh serves and aesthetic purpose.
Courtney Hicks‘ outfit has an actual purpose for her mesh skin panel.
Alexandra Paul wins for best outfit in this post. In real life, I’d object to the long sleeves awkwardly ending, but at far as ice skating outfits go, this one is pretty great.
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