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Leotard Rankings: Conference Championships

When the college gymnastics season rolls around, some fans are excited for perfect 10s while others look forward to difficult skills and fun choreography. But we’re not going to lie. While those things are great, we love the leos most of all. And so, we’re back for another season of leotard rankings!

Each week we’re analyzing new designs to find our weekly faves. As always, leos can earn up to three points for design, up to one point each for fabric, sparkle, school spirit, and uniqueness, and up to three points for overall appearance. This week Claire B, Katherine, Tara, and Aaron are joining editor-in-chief Elizabeth for judging. And, reminder that each season we save all the NCGA and USAG new team leos to judge together at the end of each division’s respective postseason, so be on the lookout for our thoughts on those then!

Don’t agree with our ranking? Make your opinion heard by voting in the fan poll at the end of the article each week or by voicing your thoughts on social media!

Michigan State: 9.140

View a video of this leotard here and images here.

Illustrated headshot of Elizabeth GrimsleyElizabeth: 9.400

Design 2.8/3, Fabric 1.0/1, Sparkle 0.9/1, School Spirit 1.0/1, Uniqueness 0.9/1, Overall Appearance 2.8/3

Michigan State rarely misses, and they didn’t here either. I love the body the most. The fabric paired with the shade of green paired with the almost corset-like design all work really well together. Normally I wouldn’t like a shoulder design like we see here, but it works so well with the rest of the leo. Plus, A+ for school spirit on the back.

Illustrated headshot of Claire BillmanClaire B: 8.400

Design 2.3/3, Fabric 1/1, Sparkle 0.8/1, School Spirit 1/1, Uniqueness 0.8/1, Overall Appearance 2.5/3

I’m generally not a fan of the bustier look, but this works really well. No one has a stronger ombre game than the Spartans! I’m also glad to see the return of the greek key pattern. 

Katherine Weaver illustrated headshotKatherine: 9.600

Design 2.9/3, Fabric 1.0/1, Sparkle 0.1/1, School Spirit 1.1/1, Uniqueness 0.9/1, Overall Appearance 2.8/3

This is just about perfect for me. I liked that the reveal video was with the throne and cloaks, because it does give a really medieval feel with the front pattern; I’m seeing stained glass. I also like how MSU has been leaning into the Greek element of the Spartan motif with that subtle swirly design; we saw it on the last new leo, too. There is simply no better leo team than MSU in the NCAA right now. 

Tara Graeve Illustrated HeadshotTara: 8.500

Design 2.5/3, Fabric 0.8/1, Sparkle 1.0/1, School Spirit 0.9/1, Uniqueness 0.7/1, Overall Appearance 2.6/3

OK, MSU! I’m absolutely in love with the front. Between the V and the sparkle pattern, it’s amazing. The Spartan logo on the back is a little big for my liking, but I respect it and it definitely tells me it’s a Michigan State leo. 

Aaron: 9.800

Design 3/3, Fabric 1/1, Sparkle 1/1, School Spirit 1/1, Uniqueness 1/1, Overall Appearance 2.8/3

I really like this leotard! Michigan State definfitely had a vision and it came to life. The leotard gives the effect of the belt with its V shape around the waist, but it is executed much better. This is definitely one of the better leotards from conference championships!

Temple: 8.940

View a video of this leotard here.

Illustrated headshot of Elizabeth GrimsleyElizabeth: 9.700

Design 3.0/3, Fabric 1.0/1, Sparkle 1.0/1, School Spirit 0.8/1,  0.9/1, Overall Appearance 3.0/3

LOVE. The asymmetric, geometric design is fantastic, and the way the sparkle bursts come out of the corners is superb. I also adore the back. Temple is so good at leos and at doing something new and fresh with all of its designs.

Illustrated headshot of Claire BillmanClaire B: 9.600

Design 3/3, Fabric 1/1, Sparkle 1/1, School Spirit 0.7/1, Uniqueness 1/1, Overall Appearance 2.9/3

I have yet to see a Temple leo that I don’t absolutely love! The choker collar looks uncomfortable but is gorgeous, so I’ll call it a net neutral. That’s it. That’s my only critique. This is fabulous.    

Katherine Weaver illustrated headshotKatherine: 8.300

Design 2.5/3, Fabric 0.8/1, Sparkle 0.8/1, School Spirit 0.8/1, Uniqueness 0.7/1, Overall Appearance 2.7/3

Love when Temple leans into the cherry part of the Cherry & White! This is a great shade of red that pops, the sparkles coming together at the end of the segments are so pretty, and the collar is everything. Elsewhere in this piece I mention a team that I feel is the single best at turning out leos, but if we were making top five lists, Temple would be on mine. 

Tara Graeve Illustrated HeadshotTara: 9.000

Design 2.8/3, Fabric 0.8/1, Sparkle 1.0/1, School Spirit 0.8/1, Uniqueness 0.8/1, Overall Appearance 2.8/3

HELLO, Temple! I love just about everything about this. The asymmetrical geometric design paired with the sparkles is lovely, and the red and white look is classy. The open back is nice, too, but the front is really the star of the show. 

Aaron: 8.100

Design 2.5/3, Fabric 1/1, Sparkle 1/1, School Spirit 0.8/1, Uniqueness 0.5/1, Overall Appearance 2.3/3

I love the rhinestones on the neck and the openings in the back. I think the amount of sparkles is perfect, but I’m not a huge fan of the geometrical design.

Clemson: 8.460

View a video of this leotard here and images here.

Illustrated headshot of Elizabeth GrimsleyElizabeth: 8.500

Design 2.5/3, Fabric 0.8/1, Sparkle 0.8/1, School Spirit 1.0/1, Uniqueness 0.9/1, Overall Appearance 2.5/3

I think this is my favorite Clemson leo of the season. It’s bold but not over the top, something a lot of the other Clemson designs are, in my opinion. I love the tiger stripes on the sides, and the otherwise simple design. Plus, the sparkles really seem to pop.

Illustrated headshot of Claire BillmanClaire B: 9.200

Design 3/3, Fabric 0.7/1, Sparkle 0.8/1, School Spirit 1/1, Uniqueness 0.8/1, Overall Appearance 2.9/3

Surprise, surprise, I love the sporty, sparkly Clemson leo! I’m fairly certain the tiger stripe cutouts are an homage to the iconic Tiger Brotherhood statue that sits outside Littlejohn, which is a thoughtful enough detail to make me overlook all the mystique fabric. 

Katherine Weaver illustrated headshotKatherine: 8.000

Design 2.3/3, Fabric 0.8/1, Sparkle 0.8/1, School Spirit 1.0/1, Uniqueness 0.7/1, Overall Appearance 2.4/3

Love an all-orange moment! It’s very similar to Auburn’s from last season, but I feel like this one is even more spirited because of the bolder tiger stripes on the sides. The “Team Zero” is also a nice touch, and it will be a great memory of how the program started when future teams don the design. 

Tara Graeve Illustrated HeadshotTara: 7.800

Design 2.2/3, Fabric 0.8/1, Sparkle 0.9/1, School Spirit 0.9/1, Uniqueness 0.7/1, Overall Appearance 2.3/3

Maybe my favorite Clemson leo of the season! The tiger pattern is present without being overbearing. The all-orange look is bold but works, and it has a good amount of sparkle. 

Aaron: 8.800

Design 3/3, Fabric 1/1, Sparkle 1/1, School Spirit 0.7/1, Uniqueness 0.1/1, Overall Appearance 3/3

I really like this! It reminds of an Auburn design, which I also loved immediately when they wore it for the first time last year. Since it is is so similar to that one, I rated the uniqueness on the lower end.

Arizona State: 8.120

View images and a video of this leotard here.

Illustrated headshot of Elizabeth GrimsleyElizabeth: 8.500

Design 2.3/3, Fabric 0.9/1, Sparkle 0.9/1, School Spirit 1.0/1, Uniqueness 0.8/1, Overall Appearance 2.6/3

Arizona State is the gold GOAT. It just does it so, so well. This design is so regal but in a fierce way, which is exactly how I picture Sun Devil gymnastics. The shade of red paired with black and gold is just chef’s kiss.

Illustrated headshot of Claire BillmanClaire B: 8.300

Design 2.3/3, Fabric 0.9/1, Sparkle 0.8/1, School Spirit 1/1, Uniqueness 0.8/1, Overall Appearance 2.5/3

I almost never like chest holes, and this one is no exception. That’s really my only complaint, though. The maroon and black ombre is fabulous, and the gold scallops throughout are just too cool. 

Katherine Weaver illustrated headshotKatherine: 8.000

Design 2.1/3, Fabric 0.9/1, Sparkle 0.9/1, School Spirit 1.0/1, Uniqueness 0.6/1, Overall Appearance 2.5/3

I don’t love the chest hole, but everything else about this is great. It’s a very majestic design; I feel like a lot of teams try to name designs “Wonder Woman,” but if any leo was going to earn that moniker, it would be this one.. It does feel a bit repetitive, but as Elizabeth said, there’s no team that does gold better. I guess if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. 

Tara Graeve Illustrated HeadshotTara: 6.800

Design 1.7/3, Fabric 0.7/1, Sparkle 0.8/1, School Spirit 0.8/1, Uniqueness 0.8/1, Overall Appearance 2.0/3

Arizona State has mastered the use of gold over the past few years. I love the ombre and how the rhinestones frame the logo in front. This would be a slam dunk if it didn’t have a chest hole. 

Aaron: 9.000

Design 2.5/3, Fabric 1/1, Sparkle 1/1, School Spirit 1/1, Uniqueness 1/1, Overall Appearance 2.5/3

This leotard screams Arizona State. It is very flattering on the gymnasts, but I am not a big fan of the gold belt. The mesh sleeves with the gold wrapping around the arms are my favorite part.

Kentucky: 7.980

View a video of this leotard here.

Illustrated headshot of Elizabeth GrimsleyElizabeth: 8.400

Design 2.6/3, Fabric 0.9/1, Sparkle 0.9/1, School Spirit 0.7/1, Uniqueness 0.7/1, Overall Appearance 2.6/3

I loooove the way the blue fabric looks like water. That flowy design in turn works really well with the diagonal back straps and asymmetric design. A good one from Kentucky!

Illustrated headshot of Claire BillmanClaire B: 9.200

Design 2.7/3, Fabric 1/1, Sparkle 1/1, School Spirit 0.7/1, Uniqueness 0.8/1, Overall Appearance 3/3

I love the risks Kentucky has taken with its leos this year, and this is the best of the bunch. The blue marbling is used to perfection, and I cannot get over that amazing back! Other teams take note: This is how you balance multiple strong design elements.

Katherine Weaver illustrated headshotKatherine: 7.700

Design 2.3/3, Fabric 0.8/1, Sparkle 0.9/1, School Spirit 0.7/1, Uniqueness 0.7/1, Overall Appearance 2.3/3

So many bright blue and white leos this week. This one and UCLA’s are my favorite. It’s a beautiful pattern; no issue with that at all. However, I wish the back was a strappier design rather than two straps going the same direction; I just don’t love that look.

Tara Graeve Illustrated HeadshotTara: 7.500

Design 2.2/3, Fabric 0.8/1, Sparkle 0.7/1, School Spirit 0.7/1, Uniqueness 0.8/1, Overall Appearance 2.3/3

I love the front of this! It feels like an elevated version of Kentucky’s new leo from last season. I don’t love using the front pattern fabric for the back or the straps being asymmetrical, but that’s my only complaint.

Aaron: 7.100

Design 2.0/3, Fabric 0.5/1, Sparkle 0.6/1, School Spirit 1/1, Uniqueness 1/1, Overall Appearance 2.0/3

This leotard has a lot of potential, but the risk they took did not pay off. I am not of fan of the slanted straps on the back and the difference between the sleeves. If both sleeves were white, my rating of this leotard would be much higher.

Iowa State: 7.940

View a video of this leotard here.

Illustrated headshot of Elizabeth GrimsleyElizabeth: 7.900

Design 2.2/3, Fabric 0.8/1, Sparkle 0.8/1, School Spirit 0.9/1, Uniqueness 0.8/1, Overall Appearance 2.4/3

I’ve been really impressed with the AMG era of leos that started this season. This design is relatively simple in concept, but it works so well at incorporating all of Iowa State’s school colors with a fun design without going overboard.

Illustrated headshot of Claire BillmanClaire B: 7.800

Design 2.3/3, Fabric 0.7/1, Sparkle 0.8/1, School Spirit 0.8/1, Uniqueness 0.8/1, Overall Appearance 2.5/3

This isn’t the weekend’s most revolutionary design, but it’s a solid one that’s elevated by the attention to detail. I also appreciate how different this is from the other new leos we’ve seen from the Cyclones this season. It’s great to see Iowa State looking so sharp (both leo- and gymnastics-wise). 

Katherine Weaver illustrated headshotKatherine: 8.500

Design 2.6/3, Fabric 0.8/1, Sparkle 0.8/1, School Spirit 0.9/1, Uniqueness 0.8/1, Overall Appearance 2.6/3

This is my favorite Iowa State leo in a minute. The designs we saw under the previous coaching staff tended to be very repetitive with almost zero incorporation of yellow ever, so it’s cool to see that here and in such a nice V pattern. It looks great!

Tara Graeve Illustrated HeadshotTara: 7.000

Design 2.0/3, Fabric 0.6/1, Sparkle 0.8/1, School Spirit 0.8/1, Uniqueness 0.7/1, Overall Appearance 2.1/3

I love how the black bottom makes the rest of the design pop. The red chest paired with the inverted V sparkles and the introduction of yellow rhinestones is nice. The “Iowa State” on the back is a good touch as well. 

Aaron: 8.500

Design 3/3, Fabric 1/1, Sparkle 1/1, School Spirit 1/1, Uniqueness 0.5/1, Overall Appearance 2.0/3

I really enjoy the V-like design with the rhinestones on the front! I also like how they incorporated a bit of blue and purple tones in. One aspect of this leotard that I do not like is how the bottom is entirely black. It gives the illiusion of a belt, which I am not a huge fan of.

Maryland: 7.820

View a video of this leotard here.

Illustrated headshot of Elizabeth GrimsleyElizabeth: 7.900

Design 2.3/3, Fabric 0.8/1, Sparkle 0.8/1, School Spirit 1.0/1, Uniqueness 0.9/1, Overall Appearance 2.1/3

This is giving turtle shell realness! Look, I don’t know if the back straps are intended to look like a terrapin shell design, but I’m going to believe it until proven otherwise. I actually really like the rest of the design, too. The sleeves are really nice, and the front isn’t so busy that it takes away from the other more elaborate elements.

Illustrated headshot of Claire BillmanClaire B: 8.200

Design 2.2/3, Fabric 8/1, Sparkle 1/1, School Spirit 1/1, Uniqueness 8/1, Overall Appearance 2.4/3

Nobody correct me if this isn’t actually a turtle shell-themed leo, because I want to believe! The relative simplicity of the design as a whole lets the big elements—the back and sleeves—pack a major punch. 

Katherine Weaver illustrated headshotKatherine: 8.200

Design 2.3/3, Fabric 0.8/1, Sparkle 0.8/1, School Spirit 1.0/1, Uniqueness 0.9/1, Overall Appearance 2.4/3

There are a lot of subtle touches here that make this design great. I like how the sparkles that make up Maryland transition from silver to red in the middle then back to silver. The criss-cross sparkles on the sleeves are pretty; I like that they go up the entire sleeve, rather than just adorning the wrists. And of course, the turtle shell back is so clever. This is a B1G winner for me. 

Tara Graeve Illustrated HeadshotTara: 7.800

Design 2.2/3, Fabric 0.8/1, Sparkle 0.8/1, School Spirit 0.9/1, Uniqueness 0.7/1, Overall Appearance 2.4/3

This is simple yet elegant. From the sparkles to the turtle-like back and ombre sleeves, everything is great. Well done, Maryland!

Aaron: 7.000

Design 1.5/3, Fabric 1/1, Sparkle 0.8/1, School Spirit 1/1, Uniqueness 0.7/1, Overall Appearance 2/3

I love the back! I didn’t realize at first that it was meant to emulate a turtle shell, and I’ve never seen any other team do something like it. I also love the black and red, but I am not a fan of belts at the waist, which brings down some points in the design category.

Iowa: 7.760

View a video of this leotard here and images of the front here.

Illustrated headshot of Elizabeth GrimsleyElizabeth: 8.300

Design 2.6/3, Fabric 0.8/1, Sparkle 0.8/1, School Spirit 0.8/1, Uniqueness 0.7/1, Overall Appearance 2.6/3

Yes, Iowa! I love matte white, I love black bodies, and I love pops of color. Iowa incorporating yellow in this way is just perfection. Plus, I like the angular sweetheart neckline, and the rhinestone design on the bodice.

Illustrated headshot of Claire BillmanClaire B: 7.900

Design 2.3/3, Fabric 0.8/1, Sparkle 0.8/1, School Spirit 0.8/1, Uniqueness 0.7/1, Overall Appearance 2.5/3

I don’t know why Iowa has suddenly decided to embrace yellow, but I’m so glad! This is another gorgeous offering. The neckline and thick back strap aren’t my favorites, but the design as a whole—particularly the yellow piping—is excellent. 

Katherine Weaver illustrated headshotKatherine: 7.600

Design 2.3/3, Fabric 0.8/1, Sparkle 0.8/1, School Spirit 1.0/1, Uniqueness 0.6/1, Overall Appearance 2.1/3

After the yellow explosion in Iowa’s last design, of course any amount of yellow less than that is going to feel like it falls a little flat by comparison. But hey, at least it’s there. And as a whole, this is a nice design. The sparkles on the front make up a pretty pattern, and I always like a thick back band. 

Tara Graeve Illustrated HeadshotTara: 7.000

Design 2.0/3, Fabric 0.7/1, Sparkle 0.8/1, School Spirit 0.7/1, Uniqueness 0.6/1, Overall Appearance 2.2/3

I didn’t love this at first, but it’s growing on me. The balance of colors is nice—the yellow is present without being overbearing. It’s elegant and different from a lot of other Iowa leos in a good way!

Aaron: 8.000

Design 2.5/3, Fabric 1/1, Sparkle 1/1, School Spirit 1/1, Uniqueness 0.2/1, Overall Appearance 2.3/3

I’m a big fan of the white, yellow, and black colors that Iowa goes for! It’s very consistent in all of their leotards (except maybe the yellow part), which I like, but it brings down the uniqueness score for me. I also really like Hawkeyes written in cursive on the back strap.

UCLA: 7.600

View a video of this leotard here and images here.

Illustrated headshot of Elizabeth GrimsleyElizabeth: 8.700

Design 2.5/3, Fabric 0.9/1, Sparkle 1.0/1, School Spirit 0.8/1, Uniqueness 0.8/1, Overall Appearance 2.7/3

I love everything about this except the secondary straps and how they come from the front of the design. I like how they look on the back, but I wish they were attached to the neckline rather than the front, if that makes sense. As for the body, it’s great and pairs well with the simple white sleeves.

Illustrated headshot of Claire BillmanClaire B: 7.100

Design 2/3, Fabric 0.8/1, Sparkle 1/1, School Spirit 0.6/1, Uniqueness 0.7/1, Overall Appearance 2/3

There’s so much I really love about this leo. The watercolor of blues on the bodice complemented by crystals are phenomenal! The overly elaborate straps draw focus from that, though.

Katherine Weaver illustrated headshotKatherine: 7.400

Design 2.1/3, Fabric 0.8/1, Sparkle 0.9/1, School Spirit 0.6/1, Uniqueness 0.8/1, Overall Appearance 2.2/3

This is an artistic and beautiful leo. I love the sparkly tendrils and how they get thicker the closer they get to the sides. What I don’t love as much is the back; the two straps are shaped kind of weirdly, and I’d much prefer a typical strappy look with as unique the front is.

Tara Graeve Illustrated HeadshotTara: 7.600

Design 2.3/3, Fabric 0.7/1, Sparkle 0.9/1, School Spirit 0.8/1, Uniqueness 0.7/1, Overall Appearance 2.2/3

This is nice! I love the fabric pattern and how the rhinestones accentuate it. The straps aren’t my favorite, but they look better in motion.

Aaron: 7.200

Design 2.5/3, Fabric 1/1, Sparkle 0.2/1, School Spirit 0.3/1, Uniqueness 0.7/1, Overall Appearance 2.5/3

This leotard looks great on the gymnast, but it is basic. The blue and white design is nice, but this leotard is lacking sparkle. I wish some blue and gold could have been incorporated into this leotard to embody more school spirit.

Missouri: 7.580

View a video of this leotard here.

Illustrated headshot of Elizabeth GrimsleyElizabeth: 7.900

Design 2.2/3, Fabric 0.8/1, Sparkle 1.0/1, School Spirit 0.8/1, Uniqueness 0.7/1, Overall Appearance 2.4/3

On first glance, I was underwhelmed, but this leo has really grown on me since. I love the shimmery gold belt, and the use of different sized and different colored rhinestones all over the top half of the design. Plus, I’m always a sucker for matte white.

Illustrated headshot of Claire BillmanClaire B: 8.700

Design 2.7/3, Fabric 0.9/1, Sparkle 1/1, School Spirit 0.9/1, Uniqueness 0.7/1, Overall Appearance 2.5/3

Love, love, love! This is such a simple yet elegant design, but the execution takes it to the next level. The variety of sparkles are the standout feature, though the shimmery gold belt is a close second. The tiger logo is actually the only thing that doesn’t work for me, and I can’t really tell you why. 

Katherine Weaver illustrated headshotKatherine: 7.400

Design 2.2/3, Fabric 0.7/1, Sparkle 1.0/1, School Spirit 0.8/1, Uniqueness 0.5/1, Overall Appearance 2.2/3

It’s not the most exciting design, but it’s pretty. I like the tiny sparkles that make up the tiger logo, and the criss-crosses around it look cool too. I’m also generally a fan of matte white.  

Tara Graeve Illustrated HeadshotTara: 7.000

Design 2.0/3, Fabric 0.7/1, Sparkle 0.8/1, School Spirit 0.8/1, Uniqueness 0.5/1, Overall Appearance 2.2/3

This is good! I love the criss-cross sparkle pattern and how it frames the tiger logo. It’s simple yet elegant and not over the top. My only complaint is it reminds me of another existing Missouri leo. 

Aaron: 6.900

Design 2/3, Fabric 0.8/1, Sparkle 1/1, School Spirit 0.6/1, Uniqueness 0.5/1, Overall Appearance 2/3

This design isn’t the most eye catching, but it is definitely a solid leotard. I love the unique design of the sparkles in the front, which explains the high sparkle rating. One thing I do not like is the gold belt. The leotard could have been better off without it in my opinion.

Nebraska: 7.480

View a video of this leotard here.

Illustrated headshot of Elizabeth GrimsleyElizabeth: 7.200

Design 2.3/3, Fabric 0.7/1, Sparkle 0.7/1, School Spirit 0.6/1, Uniqueness 0.6/1, Overall Appearance 2.3/3

I really like this! It’s similar to some of Nebraska’s other leos, but I’m not complaining. The design on the front with the different shades of red is nice, and I love the simple strappy back. It’s classy without being over the top.

Illustrated headshot of Claire BillmanClaire B: 8.300

Design 2.7/3, Fabric 0.7/1, Sparkle 0.7/1, School Spirit 0.7/1, Uniqueness 0.8/1, Overall Appearance 2.7/3

I don’t always like sublimated designs, but this is beautifully done. I’m not sure if the motif is supposed to be corn or if my mind just automatically goes there because Nebraska, but either way, well done. 

Katherine Weaver illustrated headshotKatherine: 6.800

Design 2.1/3, Fabric 0.7/1, Sparkle 0.7/1, School Spirit 0.6/1, Uniqueness 0.6/1, Overall Appearance 2.1/3

Designs like these from Nebraska used to feel so unique, but I feel like I’m getting one just like it every time from the Huskers now. It’s pretty, but it feels predictable. I do like the design overall though, especially the subtle sparkles sprinkled on the shoulders. 

Tara Graeve Illustrated HeadshotTara: 6.400

Design 1.7/3, Fabric 0.7/1, Sparkle 0.7/1, School Spirit 0.6/1, Uniqueness 0.7/1, Overall Appearance 2.0/3

This isn’t my favorite Nebraska leo, but it’s a solid one. I especially love the criss-cross back and the ombre in the pattern. 

Aaron: 8.700

Design 2.7/3, Fabric 1/1, Sparkle 0.5/1, School Spirit 1/1, Uniqueness 1/1, Overall Appearance 2.5/3

This leotard is unique for Nebraska, and the design and fit are very flattering. I also like the mesh sleeves and the crossed back. The colors scream Nebraska pride.

Oklahoma: 7.280

View a video of this leotard here.

Illustrated headshot of Elizabeth GrimsleyElizabeth: 7.000

Design 2.0/3, Fabric 0.7/1, Sparkle 0.7/1, School Spirit 0.7/1, Uniqueness 0.7/1, Overall Appearance 2.2/3

I prefer Oklahoma’s more elaborate designs to its monochromatic ones, but I do have to admit, they look great in person. The back is my favorite element of this one, with the criss-cross back using the matte fabric.

Illustrated headshot of Claire BillmanClaire B: 6.900

Design 2/3, Fabric 0.6/1, Sparkle 0.8/1, School Spirit 0.7/1, Uniqueness 0.6/1, Overall Appearance 2.2/3

There’s nothing ground-shattering here, but it’s a very simple (relatively speaking) and pretty leo that gets the job done.

Katherine Weaver illustrated headshotKatherine: 7.400

Design 2.2/3, Fabric 0.8/1, Sparkle 0.8/1, School Spirit 0.9/1, Uniqueness 0.4/1, Overall Appearance 2.3/3

This is fine, if not a bit boring by OU standards. I like the back with the cross straps and the sparkly OU. The front also has some nice sparkles too, but it feels like this is missing that extra it factor, especially considering the huge feat that was accomplished in its inaugural outing.

Tara Graeve Illustrated HeadshotTara: 6.800

Design 2.0/3, Fabric 0.7/1, Sparkle 0.8/1, School Spirit 0.7/1, Uniqueness 0.6/1, Overall Appearance 2.0/3

This is solid but nothing super special. Oklahoma has an older leo that’s pretty similar to this, and I think this is an upgrade on that one. The sparkle pattern is nice and the criss-cross back elevates it. 

Aaron: 8.300

Design 2.7/3, Fabric 1/1, Sparkle 1/1, School Spirit 1/1, Uniqueness 0.1/1, Overall Appearance 2.5/3

I LOVE the design of this leotard. I wish some more colors would have been incorporated into the design, and it also looks very similar to other leotards we have seen from the Sooners. However, the fit is very flattering, and the amount of sparkle is perfect.

Denver: 7.280

View a video of this leotard here.

Illustrated headshot of Elizabeth GrimsleyElizabeth: 7.200

Design 2.0/3, Fabric 0.9/1, Sparkle 0.8/1, School Spirit 0.9/1, Uniqueness 0.6/1, Overall Appearance 2.0/3

It’s a bit boring, but it does the job it set out to do. I liked this way more in person than I did when seeing it in the teaser video. The sleeves work well: the red rhinestones really pop and I like the subtle pattern.

Illustrated headshot of Claire BillmanClaire B: 6.500

Design 2/3, Fabric 0.5/1, Sparkle 0.7/1, School Spirit 0.7/1, Uniqueness 0.6/1, Overall Appearance 2/3

It’s exactly fine. Good crystals cover a multitude of sins, and I didn’t even notice the lace pattern when seeing this in person!  

Katherine Weaver illustrated headshotKatherine: 7.100

Design 2.4/3, Fabric 0.7/1, Sparkle 0.6/1, School Spirit 0.7/1, Uniqueness 0.5/1, Overall Appearance 2.3/3

I like the big, encrusted DU logo on the front, and the name on the back looks good, too. There’s not too many exciting elements about it otherwise, but I like it just fine. I think the only thing I’d change is the pattern on the sleeves, as it doesn’t fit with the rest to me.

Tara Graeve Illustrated HeadshotTara: 8.000

Design 2.2/3, Fabric 0.7/1, Sparkle 1.0/1, School Spirit 1.0/1, Uniqueness 0.7/1, Overall Appearance 2.4/3

I love the deep inverted V look and the balance of white to crimson. I’m also a big fan of the use of red rhinestones—they really pop! There’s no denying it’s a Denver leo between the logo on the front and “Denver” across the back. I’m not a huge fan of the pattern on the sleeves, but it’s subtle enough you don’t really see it from far away. 

Aaron: 7.600

Design 3/3, Fabric 1/1, Sparkle 1/1, School Spirit 1/1, Uniqueness 0.1/1, Overall Appearance 1.5/3

I like the design, especially the bedazzled DU logo in the front. However, it looks very similar to an Oklahoma leotard, and it doesn’t necessarily stand out.

LSU: 7.160

View a video and images of this leotard here, and see the 2019 leo this design is based on here.

Illustrated headshot of Elizabeth GrimsleyElizabeth: 6.800

Design 2.0/3, Fabric 0.5/1, Sparkle 0.5/1, School Spirit 1.0/1, Uniqueness 0.8/1, Overall Appearance 2.0/3

I like the idea behind the concept, but the original design wasn’t my favorite in the first place. I don’t really like how a lot of LSU’s leos look so heavy for some reason. I think it’s the solid, shiny fabrics with mesh in weird places. On a positive note, I love the back here and how the two straps intertwine.

Illustrated headshot of Claire BillmanClaire B: 6.100

Design 2/3, Fabric 0.5/1, Sparkle 0.5/1, School Spirit 1/1, Uniqueness 0.6/1, Overall Appearance 1.5/3

I appreciate the inspiration behind the design (even if it wasn’t my favorite leo), but there are just too many competing elements here. Full marks for the strappy purple and gold back, though.

Katherine Weaver illustrated headshot