Buy your own mat and sling if you can (if not, no worries—most studios have rentals). The more important purchase here is a gathered-bottom tank. Since it's loose up top and fitted at the hips, you'll be able to move freely without getting tangled in fabric during every downward facing dog. Wear it with capri-length leggings—those ensure everything's covered during the more, ahem, open poses—and a cozy pullover to keep warm before and after the session.
Resist the urge to wear shorty shorts on the bike; bottoms should be at least knee-length. Otherwise, things will ride up, chafe and distract you from the ride. As most places provides shoes, always remember clean socks, otherwise you'll spend a small fortune purchasing emergency pairs. And bring face wipes! A few fast swipes before class will prevent clogged pores.
Everything about this type of exercise is low-impact, so it's a good idea to dress in layers; then, you can peel away pieces as your body warms up. Take care that none of the cuts are bulky, as too much fabric will inhibit movement and possibly get caught in the pulley machines.
Invest in a supportive bra because you'll be bouncing around a lot. Besides that, the rest of your outfit must be sleek, simple and hardware-free—there's no time to fuss around with a zipper during punch and jump rope combinations!
Unless you actually pirouette and plié professionally, aim for dancer-off-duty rather than Royal Ballet. The easiest way to do this is by swapping tights for tapered sweats and keeping your bun scrunchie-free. (Or doing a slicked-back ponytail instead.)
If there was ever an legitimate excuse to wear barely-there shorts in public, it's this kind of workout. Wear anything longer and you'll be sweltering in less than five minutes! To offset the micro-mini-ness of the bottom, pick a looser top made of extra-thin, extra-breathable fabric.
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