There are a few ways to find gymnastics leotards for sale: you can go online and be met with a million options, go to stores and be able to try them on, or try to buy used ones from your gymnastics community. There are pros and cons to each approach, and most dedicated gymnasts will probably try all of the above at some point, but here are a few pointers about each approach.
Going to a Store
First of all, you’re not going to find a dedicated gymnastics leotard store. Your best bets for finding leotards are going to be at shops that focus on all aspects of the gymnastics industry, or at stores that have a variety of dance style athletic wear. Also, some vendors will set up stands at gymnastics meets and sell leotards there. The advantage of stores and meets is that you can try the leotards on right then and there, and get a feel for them. This is great, and allows you to get a leotard quickly without any doubt about whether it will work or not, but you will not have access to the same level of variety that you would online. One useful strategy is to try on leotards from different vendors at meets, find the style, brand, and size that you like, and then go online to look at your other options.
Some people are still wary of buying online, but it is definitely the way to go if you’re shopping for a long-term leotard. Online vendors offer a wide variety, and most have good sizing guides. They also have a range of price points to shop at, and it is easy to search for exactly what you are looking for. Buying online also does not prevent you from trying on the leotards; most sites have a return policy that is detailed when you receive the leotard. The only downside is that you have to have the time to buy the leotard and possibly return it and get another one, which can take a while with shipping.
Buying From the Community
If you go to a gym where people sell their used competition or practice leotards, this can be a great way to save money. Especially if you have a young gymnast who may not stay with the sport, buying or even renting from fellow gymnast parents is a viable option.
You have a lot of options when looking for gymnastics leotards for sale, so go into the buying process knowing what you want, and always check online for a price comparison if you are buying from a vendor or at a store.