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Leotard Rankings: NCGA

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 Katie, Talitha, Peri, Naomi, Mary Emma, Tara, Mariah, Mary, and Katherine are joining editor-in-chief Elizabeth for judging.

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!

UW-La Crosse: 8.140

View a video of this leotard here.

Illustrated headshot of Elizabeth GrimsleyElizabeth: 8.200

Design 2.4/3, Fabric 0.8/1, Sparkle 0.8/1, School Spirit 0.8/1, Uniqueness 0.8/1, Overall Appearance 2.6/3

La Crosse (almost) always kills the leotard game, especially for a DIII school. It knows it only gets one new one a year, and it really maximizes that. I love the chest design and the subtle pattern on the sleeves, but I wonder if I’d like the overall look even more if the belt wasn’t there and the design sort of faded out into black at the bottom instead? Overall, though, it’s a good look.

Katie Couldrey headshot newKatie: 8.200

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

This looks like a mash-up between something that Alabama and Oklahoma would wear, and I really like it. I love the big open back, and the design has a really nice shape with excellently executed ombre. The pattern on the sleeves being faded and the placement of the logo on the sleeve? *chef’s kiss*

Illustrated headshot of Talitha IlacquaTalitha: 8.000

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

I like this a lot! The use of the ombre on the chest and the sleeves is gorgeous, and the white belt adds a lovely touch to the design. The open back is also beautiful. I’m not a huge fan of the collar, but overall this leotard is a success.

Illustrated headshot of Peri GoodmanPeri: 8.500

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

Another year, another La Crosse leo in the win column. The belt helps to frame the open back, so I’m glad they made it as bold as it is. Also, props for the patterning on the torso having a higher contrast than the pattern on top of the ombre sleeves; it gives this design an elevated feel compared to the densely patterned leos that can be pretty hit or miss.

Naomi: 8.000

Design 2.4/3, Fabric 0.8/1, Sparkle 0.8/1, School Spirit 0.8/1, Uniqueness 0.7/1, Overall Appearance 2.5/3

I am a big fan of this! The ombre is perfectly executed, and the color combination is fantastic. I love the sparkle pattern on the chest, the high collar, and the open back. This is probably one of the best-executed belts that I’ve seen on a leo, but it’s still a belt, so I have to knock points for that.

Mary Emma Brambila illustrated headshotMary Emma: 9.200

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

La Crosse continues to win the DIII leo game! I love the ombre, the pattern on the front is nice, and I actually really like the pop of the white belt on the darker fabric. 

Tara Graeve Illustrated HeadshotTara: 8.100

Design 2.4/3, Fabric 0.8/1, Sparkle 0.9/1, School Spirit 0.8/1, Uniqueness 0.7/1, Overall Appearance 2.5/3

I love this! The open back is lovely, and the belt works well. I’m a big fan of the ombre front and the cascading sparkle pattern. Plus, it has the school spirit with the logo on the arm. 

Mariah Dawson illustrated headshotMariah: 7.200

Design 2.1/3, Fabric 0.7/1, Sparkle 0.7/1, School Spirit 0.7/1, Uniqueness 0.8/1, Overall Appearance 2.2/3

This is giving Oklahoma a bit with the number of design elements here. Like most Oklahoma leotards, there’s a bit too much going on for my taste, but overall I think it’s a nice look (very DI) and I absolutely love the open back. The ombre on the body is also really well done, but I probably could’ve lived without one or two of the other elements. I don’t think that the subtle design on the sleeves, the white belt, and the chevron-like design around the deep-V are all necessary, and none of them really get a chance to shine with such a busy design. 

Mary: 7.800

Design 2.5/3, Fabric 0.8/1, Sparkle 0.8/1, School Spirit 0.7/1, Uniqueness 0.8/1, Overall Appearance 2.2/3

OK, I love this in the photos, but I do remember not being as in love with it on screen when watching nationals. I love the back; it’s the perfect amount of open. It looks like it could be a DI leotard, and I think that is one of the most important things I am looking for in these rankings. It’s a beautiful leotard overall!

Katherine Weaver illustrated headshotKatherine: 8.200

Design 2.4/3, Fabric 0.8/1, Sparkle 0.8/1, School Spirit 0.8/1, Uniqueness 0.8/1, Overall Appearance 2.6/3

This is a beautiful design. It’s very intricate with a lot of details that work great together. I love the touches of the subtle criss cross on the shoulders, and the chest design is like an abstract feather design. Kudos to La Crosse for coming out with DI quality designs on a regular basis—I could totally see Oklahoma wearing this.

Rhode Island College: 7.880

View a video of this leotard here.

Illustrated headshot of Elizabeth GrimsleyElizabeth: 6.600

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

I like this a lot! RIC has such a small budget to work with, but it does well with what it has. I like the ombre, and the way the sleeves are incorporated into the design. I also like the back anchor. I don’t love the rhinestone belt, but I don’t hate it either. I just wish the RIC on the chest popped a tad more.

Katie Couldrey headshot newKatie: 6.800

Design 2/3, Fabric 0.8/1, Sparkle 0.7/1, School Spirit 0.8/1, Uniqueness 0.5/1, Overall Appearance 2/3

This isn’t my favorite RIC leotard, but I really like the colors and ombre on this one. There’s plenty of sparkle, but the positioning of the rhinestones on the front makes me think of sports bibs. To me, the RIC lettering is a bit flat, but the anchor on the back gets it lots of school spirit points.

Illustrated headshot of Talitha IlacquaTalitha: 8.700

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

This is a stunning leotard for RIC! I love the use of the ombre on both the sleeves and the body. Many teams use ombre on their sleeves but forget how amazing it looks on the body as well. The use of crystals is elegant and clever, especially on the belt. I wish the big “RIC” was not there on the chest, but oh well…

Illustrated headshot of Peri GoodmanPeri: 7.400

Design 2.2/3, Fabric 0.7/1, Sparkle 0.8/1, School Spirit 0.8/1, Uniqueness 0.6/1, Overall Appearance 2.3/3

RIC is doing everyone favors by showing how font choices can make or break stoned text; this is a great leo, topped off by that single clever design choice. The collarbone stone clusters also help gradate between the burgundy fabrics above and below them, further heightening the leo.

Naomi: 7.600

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

I’m a big fan of this! RIC does a great job with its small budget. The ombre body and sleeves are executed very well, and this is one of the best examples of a rhinestone belt I’ve seen. Somehow, the “RIC” on the chest manages to seem subtle and elegant. My only issue is that the back straps really feel like an afterthought.

Mary Emma Brambila illustrated headshotMary Emma: 8.500

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

This is nice! RIC is one of those schools that has a small leotard budget, but it makes the most of what it has. I love the use of ombre on the sleeves AND the body. I like the use of the sparkles in both RIC on the front and the anchor on the back, but I think I would prefer they were switched. Overall, this is a really great design!

Tara Graeve Illustrated HeadshotTara: 6.200

Design 1.8/3, Fabric 0.6/1, Sparkle 0.7/1, School Spirit 0.8/1, Uniqueness 0.7/1, Overall Appearance 1.6/3

This is solid! The ombre is really lovely. I don’t feel like the fabric and design really mesh with the sparkles, but it’s really nice otherwise. 

Mariah Dawson illustrated headshotMariah: 6.200

Design 1.6/3, Fabric 0.6/1, Sparkle 0.7/1, School Spirit 0.9/1, Uniqueness 0.6/1, Overall Appearance 1.8/3

This is a solid design. Nothing really bothers me about it, but there’s also not anything that I‘m obsessed with. The ombre is probably my favorite part. 

Mary: 7.100

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

OK, this is pretty, but I cannot get over the execution on the rhinestone RIC on the chest. If you zoom in, the logo is not aligned, and there are many little rhinestone gaps throughout the logo. I like the rhinestoning placement pattern; I think it’s unique and super pretty. I don’t love the faded maroon mesh, though, because it almost comes off as pink to me instead of maroon. 

Katherine Weaver illustrated headshotKatherine: 6.300

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

I love the ombre body and all the sparkles, especially the belt. It’s a pretty shade of red, too; very regal. And how about that little anchor on the back? Super cute! This is a simple but effective design.   

Winona State: 7.140

View an image of the front of this leo here and the back here.

Illustrated headshot of Elizabeth GrimsleyElizabeth: 7.200

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

This is good from Winona State! It’s obviously a very simple design, but the elements here are lovely. I love the shade of purple used, the deep, skinny V, and the use of mesh. Winona State is another team that always has some really good leos, especially for its lower budget. I’m always pleased when it comes out with a new one.

Katie Couldrey headshot newKatie: 8.300

Design 2.5/3, Fabric 1/1, Sparkle 0.9/1, School Spirit 0.5/1, Uniqueness 0.6/1, Overall Appearance 2.8/3

As far as simple leotards go, this one is almost perfect. I love the shade of purple, and it’s got plenty of sparkle.

Illustrated headshot of Talitha IlacquaTalitha: 6.800

Design 2.1/3, Fabric 0.8/1, Sparkle 0.7/1, School Spirit 0.7/1, Uniqueness 0.5/1, Overall Appearance 2.0/3

This is a lovely leotard. It’s a bit too monochromatic for my taste, but it’s a good design for all occasions.

Illustrated headshot of Peri GoodmanPeri: 7.400

Design 2.2/3, Fabric 0.7/1, Sparkle 0.8/1, School Spirit 0.8/1, Uniqueness 0.6/1, Overall Appearance 2.3/3

Solid purple? Power move. Winona State using purple as the base is a very welcome shift from having it as an accent on its older black leos and allows the color itself to stand in as a design element. 

Naomi: 7.000

Design 2/3, Fabric 0.8/1, Sparkle 0.8/1, School Spirit 0.6/1, Uniqueness 0.5/1, Overall Appearance 2.3/3

This is a simple and common design, but it’s one of my favorites so I’m not complaining. The shade of purple here is excellent, the deep V is well-executed, and I like the high collar. It’s not a leotard I’m likely to remember, but it’s pretty and gets the job done.

Mary Emma Brambila illustrated headshotMary Emma: 7.000

Design 2.3/3, Fabric 0.7/1, Sparkle 0.7/1, School Spirit 0.6/1, Uniqueness 0.4/1, Overall Appearance 2.3/3

This is simple but very nice design! I love the shade of purple used, and the sparkles aren’t too overpowering.

Tara Graeve Illustrated HeadshotTara: 7.400

Design 2.2/3, Fabric 0.7/1, Sparkle 0.9/1, School Spirit 0.7/1, Uniqueness 0.6/1, Overall Appearance 2.3/3

I love a good purple leo! It’s relatively simple, but I enjoy the deep V and the sparkles really make it pop. Nice work, Winona State!

Mariah Dawson illustrated headshotMariah: 7.200

Design 2.1/3, Fabric 0.9/1, Sparkle 0.7/1, School Spirit 0.7/1, Uniqueness 0.6/1, Overall Appearance 2.2/3

I’m obsessed with this shade of purple. Despite the monochromatic design, it somehow manages to not be too overpowering yet stands out enough to be a key design element on a leotard that is otherwise quite simple. Lovely job!

Mary: 7.700

Design 2.5/3, Fabric 0.5/1, Sparkle 0.8/1, School Spirit 0.81, Uniqueness 0.6/1, Overall Appearance 2.5/3

This leo is in my top five on the list for sure because I love a simple leo. It’s beautiful in the photos and from afar while watching meets. I love the shade of purple, and the mesh top with rhinestone overlay is so pretty. The only thing I don’t love is how the bra straps and lines are always so visible through the fabric. 

Katherine Weaver illustrated headshotKatherine: 5.400

Design 1.4/3, Fabric 0.6/1, Sparkle 0.7/1, School Spirit 0.6/1, Uniqueness 0.5/1, Overall Appearance 2.0/3

It’s a nice shade of purple, and I love the sparkles coming closer together as they go down in the V shape. There’s not much that stands out about the design otherwise, but it’s not bad at all.

Utica: 7.100

View images of this leotard here.

Illustrated headshot of Elizabeth GrimsleyElizabeth: 6.600

Design 1.6/3, Fabric 0.8/1, Sparkle 0.7/1, School Spirit 0.8/1, Uniqueness 0.7/1, Overall Appearance 2.0/3

This is one of my least favorite stock designs with the triangle side cutouts, but I do like how Utica elevated it with this pretty unique strappy back. There’s a lot going on, but I do like it. I also like the ombre sleeves and back.

Katie Couldrey headshot newKatie: 8.500

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

I absolutely love this one; it really stands out. I like a side-fill detail, and although the back has a lot going on, it doesn’t feel too busy to me, as everything is so tied in and connected. There’s loads of sparkle, and the rhinestone Utica looks so athletic and ties in with the whole thing. I’m definitely a big fan of this one.

Illustrated headshot of Talitha IlacquaTalitha: 6.200

Design 1.7/3, Fabric 0.6/1, Sparkle 0.5/1, School Spirit 0.8/1, Uniqueness 0.5/1, Overall Appearance 2.1/3

There’s too much going on here for my taste. What I really love about this leotard is the ombre on the sleeves and the back, but I don’t understand why it doesn’t carry over to the front. The orange overlapping straps on the back are lovely, but I wish the back was open instead.

Illustrated headshot of Peri GoodmanPeri: 6.100

Design 1.5/3, Fabric 0.7/1, Sparkle 0.9/1, School Spirit 0.7/1, Uniqueness 0.6/1, Overall Appearance 1.7/3

There’s a lot going on between the faux and legitimate cutouts, and I think that could’ve been mitigated by sticking to two main colors with the third as an accent. A big hurdle Utica runs into with this leo is trying to feature all three colors, similar to three people trying to walk together on the sidewalk.

Naomi: 6.000

Design 1.3/3, Fabric 0.8/1, Sparkle 1/1, School Spirit 0.7/1, Uniqueness 0.6/1, Overall Appearance 1.6/3

I loathe side cutouts, therefore this is one of my least favorite stock designs. However, I love the sparkle pattern throughout the leo, the color blocking and the ombre sleeves. I think the back is a little busy, and the tiny white V in the front isn’t my favorite, but it’s a good version of a design I don’t particularly care for.

Mary Emma Brambila illustrated headshotMary Emma: 8.100

Design 2.3/3, Fabric 0.8/1, Sparkle 1.0/1, School Spirit 0.8/1, Uniqueness 0.7/1, Overall Appearance 2.5/3

I really like this one! The ombre is really pretty, and I like that Utica utilizes both its blue and orange here. I’m not a big fan of the side cutouts, though. I think I’d like it better if it was just solid blue, but overall this is a great design!

Tara Graeve Illustrated HeadshotTara: 8.000

Design 2.4/3, Fabric 0.8/1, Sparkle 0.9/1, School Spirit 0.7/1, Uniqueness 0.7/1, Overall Appearance 2.5/3

This is one of my favorite leos of the DIII season! I absolutely adore the ombre and criss-cross back. The side cutouts also work here, and the orange belt accentuates it nicely. Definitely a leo win for Utica!

Mariah Dawson illustrated headshotMariah: 8.200

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

This is not only my favorite of the looks Utica debuted this year, it’s probably my favorite DIII design of the whole season. The colors are bold and striking, and I love the ombre. The back is stunning and definitely steals the show. There’s also quite a bit of sparkle for a DIII design. My only dislike is the little white V at the neckline. There’s enough happening on this leo that it really doesn’t need any extraneous design elements.

Mary: 5.700

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

Ugh. It is so hard for me to rate these because I just hate the orange and blue combo on a leo. That being said, this is one of the better orange and blue leos for Utica. I like this design on the front, but the back is too busy. It does look very high quality in fabric and sparkles.

Katherine Weaver illustrated headshotKatherine: 7.600

Design 2/3, Fabric 0.8/1, Sparkle 1/1, School Spirit 0.7/1, Uniqueness 0.5/1, Overall Appearance 2.6/3

Another winner from Utica! Unlike many, I’m a sucker for the orange and blue combo. There’s a lot going on with the back, but it mostly works for me. I don’t even mind the side cutouts. I honestly don’t have a lot I’d change about this one.

UW-Oshkosh: 6.933

Illustrated headshot of Elizabeth GrimsleyElizabeth: 7.200

Design 2.0/3, Fabric 0.8/1, Sparkle 0.8/1, School Spirit 0.7/1, Uniqueness 0.6/1, Overall Appearance 2.3/3

I really like this! The rhinestone pattern on the chest is nice, and the gold really pops. I also like the various fabrics and how they work together. The back is a little boring, but I’m not mad about it either.

Katie Couldrey headshot newKatie: 7.600

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

I love the cuff details on this, it looks quite regal. I can’t remember seeing another leotard that had an uneven shape going into the mesh, like the wavy/mountainous design on the shoulders at the back, and I really like it. As black leotards go, it’s solid; no complaints here! 

Illustrated headshot of Talitha IlacquaTalitha: 7.700

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

I really like this! The use of crystals on the chest is very elegant, and I love how the design continues on the sleeves. I wish the crystals surrounding the “UWO” on the back were also gold, but overall this is an A+ design we’ll hopefully see often in the future!

Naomi: 6.100

Design 1.5/3, Fabric 0.7/1, Sparkle 0.8/1, School Spirit 0.7/1, Uniqueness 0.6/1, Overall Appearance 1.8/3

I really dislike any sort of chest hole, so that automatically gets a big no from me. I also feel like the black around the collar and sleeves feels a bit heavy. But I’m a big fan of the design on the front, the big UWO on the back, and the sparkle placement on the sleeves.

Mary Emma Brambila illustrated headshotMary Emma: 6.900

Design 1.9/3, Fabric 0.8/1, Sparkle 1.0/1, School Spirit 0.7/1, Uniqueness 0.6/1, Overall Appearance 1.9/3

This is fine. I do like the use of the yellow rhinestones that pop on what would otherwise just be a plain black leo. It’s giving Iowa.

Tara Graeve Illustrated HeadshotTara: 6.400

Design 1.8/3, Fabric 0.7/1, Sparkle 0.7/1, School Spirit 0.7/1, Uniqueness 0.6/1, Overall Appearance 1.9/3

This is nice! I love the sparkle pattern on the front, and adding “UWO” on the back is a nice touch as well. My only complaint is the chest hole.

Mariah Dawson illustrated headshotMariah: 6.900

Design 1.8/3, Fabric 0.8/1, Sparkle 0.8/1, School Spirit 0.7/1, Uniqueness 0.7/1, Overall Appearance 2.1/3

I’m not generally a fan of chest holes, and this one is no exception. Other than that, it’s pretty solid. I like how much the lettering stands out on the back and the keyhole detail. The way the sleeve cuffs coordinate with the sparkle design on the front is also a nice touch. 

Mary: 7.300

Design 2/3, Fabric 1/1, Sparkle 0.9/1, School Spirit 0.8/1, Uniqueness 0.6/1, Overall Appearance 2/3

The back of this leo is stunning. It’s the perfect amount of open, and the rhinestones making out the UWO logo is a great touch. The front is a bit underwhelming but not upsetting. The chesthole isn’t my favorite, but it went for something new and exciting, so I’ll give it that.

Katherine Weaver illustrated headshotKatherine: 6.300

Design 1.8/3, Fabric 0.6/1, Sparkle 0.7/1, School Spirit 0.7/1, Uniqueness 0.5/1, Overall Appearance 2/3

The keyhole back and mostly black body are two elements that make this a little too vintage for me, but the sparkles on the front update the look for sure. The UWO is a nice dash of school spirit, too.

UW-Whitewater: 6.830

View a video of this leotard here.

Illustrated headshot of Elizabeth GrimsleyElizabeth: 6.200

Design 1.7/3, Fabric 0.8/1, Sparkle 0.7/1, School Spirit 0.6/1, Uniqueness 0.6/1, Overall Appearance 1.8/3

I like this more than Whitewaters most recent leotards, but I’m not obsessed with it. This style of deep V neckline that’s become popular lately just has something off about it to me. However, the shade of purple and fabric used for it is lovely, and I think the belt is flattering.

Katie Couldrey headshot newKatie: 7.000

Design 2.3/3, Fabric 0.9/1, Sparkle 0.6/1, School Spirit 0.7/1, Uniqueness 0.5/1, Overall Appearance 2/3

Oooh I really love this, maybe because it’s purply-blue and I love a purply-blue leotard! The shade of purply-blue is quite unusual, and although you could accuse the design of being a bit unimaginative, I actually really like it. The Warhawk logo gives it a strong school feel, and I don’t think there’s too much to object to—just nothing that wows me either.

Illustrated headshot of Talitha IlacquaTalitha 7.200

Design 2.2/3, Fabric 0.8/1, Sparkle 0.9/1, School Spirit 0.7/1, Uniqueness 0.6/1, Overall Appearance 2.0/3

I’m not a fan of this stock design, probably because I don’t like the deep V trend. The result is lovely here, though. The leotard is formed from three different materials, but they all work well together. The use of crystals is excellent, and the belt is my favorite part. Overall, this is a fine piece that will be used for years to come.

Illustrated headshot of Peri GoodmanPeri 6.900

Design 1.9/3, Fabric 0.8/1, Sparkle 0.7/1, School Spirit 0.6/1, Uniqueness 0.7/1, Overall Appearance 2.2/3

Something about this deep purple works amazing with the plunging neckline for me, and the combo of the belt and stoned neck help bring continuity to the design. The Warhawk works well on the sleeve, but since it’s sitting there by itself, the arms feel a bit underdone. 

Naomi: 6.000

Design 1.6/3, Fabric 0.8/1, Sparkle 0.8/1, School Spirit 0.6/1, Uniqueness 0.6/1, Overall Appearance 1.6/3

The shade of purple here and the use of sparkles really catch the eye, which I love. I like the coordination between the belt, neckline, and sleeve cuffs. I’m just a little thrown off by the color of the deep V, but on the whole it’s a simple, flattering leotard for Whitewater.

Mary Emma Brambila illustrated headshotMary Emma: 6.400

Design 2.0/3, Fabric 0.8/1, Sparkle 0.7/1, School Spirit 0.6/1, Uniqueness 0.3/1, Overall Appearance 2.0/3

I love the shade of purple, but overall this design is meh. I feel like I’ve seen very similar leos from Whitewater, so this didn’t strike me as being a new one at first. There’s nothing particularly wrong about it; I just don’t love it.

Tara Graeve Illustrated HeadshotTara: 7.300

Design 2.1/3, Fabric 0.6/1, Sparkle 0.9/1, School Spirit 0.7/1, Uniqueness 0.6/1, Overall Appearance 2.4/3

I love how the deep V works with the rhinestone design! Adding the belt below that is a nice touch as well. The front and back work well together to form a cohesive design. It’s also purple, which makes it that much better.

Mariah Dawson illustrated headshotMariah: 7.000

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

I LOVE this shade of purple, and the sparkle design works great with the deep V neckline. I also like the rhinestone belt and how it coordinates with the rhinestones on the collar and cuffs. I wish the deep V was mesh like the sleeves, though. Having it be a different fabric just makes it feel a little out of place. 

Mary: 8.200

Design 2.5/3, Fabric 0.8/1, Sparkle 0.9/1, School Spirit 0.8/1, Uniqueness 0.6/1, Overall Appearance 2.6/3

Now this is so pretty. The shade of purple is stunning and so shiny. I like the deep V and how sparkly the leo is. The logo on one of the mesh sleeves is the icing on the cake for me. Put it in the Louvre. 

Katherine Weaver illustrated headshotKatherine: 6.100

Design 1.7/3, Fabric 0.8/1, Sparkle 0.6/1, School Spirit 0.6/1, Uniqueness 0.4/1, Overall Appearance 2/3

This is not my favorite stock design, but it’s fine here. The royal purple is such a beautiful color to work with, and I like that they leaned into it. The back is probably my favorite part with the sparkles going up to the keyhole. I feel like I don’t have a lot that’s good or bad to say about it otherwise.

Brockport: 6.810

View a video of this leotard here.

Illustrated headshot of Elizabeth Grimsley