Is there a certain level in which wearing high-quality practice attire is not really a good idea for competition? I currently compete in Novice and (barely) Pre-Champ Latin, and I'm on a continuous search for a dress. One of the big issues is the dress needs to be appropriate for NDCA nationals in Utah. I keep an eye out in the facebook groups and I've searched eBay and various other online dance dress stores. However, it's difficult to find a dress both conservative enough and classy. I've been seriously considering having a dress made, but 1) the money would definitely be tighter if I went this route (but I could do it and be ok), and 2) my partner believes we aren't at a level yet in which a custom dress would have a significant impact on our performance. At nationals, you see young women along the whole spectrum - very basic to Vesa - competing in Novice and Pre-Champ. My partner thinks it would be better to wait, assemble a high-quality practice outfit (something from DSI/danceshopper), and stone it; wait until we reach a higher level and then invest in a dress when it matters more. I'm wondering how far (in terms of level) one can appropriately go in stoned practice wear...and I'd love to hear the thoughts of the DF community . Thank you!