What to Wear when Ice Skating Some of these dressing tips will vary depending on if you chose to skate indoors or outdoors. If you will be ice skating outside, don’t forget to add a hat and a weather appropriate coat to this list.
Do Wear: 1. Long pants Specifically, pants you can easily move around in. Yoga pants are a great call here, as are sweatpants, joggers, or any stretchy pants fit for movement. Pants will also help if you happen to take a tumble.
2. Layers If you’re cold when you arrive you can keep yourself bundled up; as you begin skating you can remove layers easily to account for all of the heat you are generating.
3. Gloves These not only keep you warm but help you to have something a bit softer to land on if you fall on the ice.
4. Appropriate socks Socks can typically be an afterthought, but they’re important when dressing for ice skating. You’re going to want to wear a pair that’s warm and comfortable, but nothing too thick!
5. Hair pulled back If you have long hair you will want to pull it back off of your face
6. Helmet (recommended) It’s often recommended that new ice skaters, especially young children, wear a helmet for protection. Falls on the ice can feel nasty. Additionally, helmets will keep a young skater’s head warm.
Don’t Wear: 7. Shorts
It’s winter, why are you even considering wearing shorts? It’s not fashionable this time of year or weather appropriate.
Shorts will leave your legs too vulnerable if you fall.
8. Dresses (without leggings) While dresses are always fashionable, they fall in the same boat as the shorts when it comes to protecting your legs from falls. If you want to wear a cute dress out on the ice, we recommend a good pair of fleece leggings.
9. Tight pants Now is not the time for tight, skinny jeans. Nor is it the time for any tight clothing in general. It restrains your movement and may prohibit you from catching your balance.
10. Thick socks The important thing here is to have socks that will not hinder how your skates fit; if your socks are too thick, it may make it difficult to have the skates give you the correct support.