How to Keep Leotards From Riding Up in the Back

By Ivy Morris

A leotard that rides up is the common foe of competitive gymnasts and dancers. It's uncomfortable and looks unsightly, but tugging at it is even worse. In gymnastics, pulling the leotard back down on your backside -- or adjusting it in any way during competition -- is grounds for a .05 deduction. Next time you suit up, ensure your leotard enhances your look with a few tricks to keep it firmly in place.


Step 1

Apply a liquid body adhesive to keep the leotard from budging while you move. Simply hold the bottle upside down and roll it along your behind where your bodysuit sits. Quickly pull up your suit and press the legs onto the glue while it is still tacky.

Step 2

Use wig tape. Hollywood stars have been employing this method for years to keep plunging necklines from becoming wardrobe malfunctions. Just peel off the paper backing and press the tape on your backside. Pull up your leotard and allow the legs to stick to the tape.

Step 3

Sport matching briefs. Not only will they help keep your leotard in place, but they will provide coverage in case it does ride up. In many instances, competitive gymnasts and dancers can even have briefs made in the same fabric as their bodysuits. If this is not feasible, wear a pair in the same color as your leo.

Step 4

Wear tights beneath your leotard If you are a dancer. This will create a fabric barrier against your skin and keep the backside from riding up.