Being a cheerleader is all about showcasing your stylish
uniform each season. With your team name and letters proudly displayed across
your shell top, you represent a walking billboard for your school or your
sport. Getting handed your uniform is an act of passage that occurs once you
make a team after tryouts, and a symbol of responsibility to be a good
teammate, a respected member of your community, and the epitome of school
spirit. Yet, there is more to a uniform than…. well, wearing it! Although a
cheer uniform contains enough swagger all by itself, there are cheer several
essentials that need to be included with them to round out the whole package.
Imagine a cheerleader without any accessories–what a sight for sore eyes! In
fact, there are four downright necessary items that complete a uniform to
emanate cheer from head to toe:
1. The shoes.
You can’t be a cheerleader without the signature white
shoes! If you’re shopping for new team shoes, there are more than a few things
to consider in order to purchase the right shoe to meet your needs. Are you an
indoor or an outdoor team, or both? Does your team have a lot of tumblers and
flyers? There is a shoe to match not only where you cheer, but also what you do
when you are cheering. Really scientific stuff!
2. The bodyliner.
You’ve got one or two uniforms for an entire season, so how
do you switch up your look without investing in all new cheer gear? Enter the
bodyliner. Bodyliners go under a shell top, and can come in solid, matching, or
metallic colors as well as turtleneck or V-neck styles. Thus, one uniform can
seem different at every cheer event just by investing in inexpensive body
basics. Also, if you’re a winter competitive or an outdoor sideline team,
longsleeve bodyliners will keep you warm when temperatures drop!
3. The poms.
You can only rely on spirit fingers so much before you run
out of routine material. That means springing for team poms is inevitable–so
might as well do it sooner than later! Poms come in all styles and colors with
a wet, metallic, or plastic look, so the possibilities are endless when it
comes to pairing them with your uniform. Poms are definitely a staple of
cheering, so get your crowd pumped with them in hand as you rock that new
4. The jumbo bow.
Top the whole ensemble off right with a jumbo performance
hair bow, and don’t just stop at one: the more you have, the more unique looks
your uniform has! Get one with sequins, with funky patterns, or with a fun cheer
saying on it. Or just stick to the classic glitter look, because every
cheerleader needs a little (or a lot) of glitter!
Do you think there are
more cheer essentials that complete a cheer uniform that didn’t make our list?
Tell us about or share a photo of your fave cheer item in the comments!