Without cheerleading uniforms, a cheer team isn't ready to perform! Uniforms are a big part of cheerleading, whether cheerleaders are on the sidelines or competition mat. There is a lot that goes into choosing the right uniform for a team, ordering, and then taking care of the item so it lasts a long time.

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The History
Cheerleading has been around for quite some time. Over the many decades, cheerleading uniforms have drastically changed, from skirt lengths and styles to new fabrics and cutout details. The one constant? Uniforms have always reflected the changes in American culture, fashion trends of the decades, and the athleticism required in the progressive sport.

Fabrics
Before a cheerleading coach can decide on a style and cut of a team uniform, he or she should first consider the fabric. For cheerleading uniforms, teams must make the crucial decision of stretch or double knit. There's a big difference between the two. Take a look at the differences and which one you should choose.

Styles
We often hear "it's all about the skirt" when people talk about cheerleading. We laugh, knowing there is so much more to cheerleading than just the uniform, but there really is some truth to the statement. Fashion is an issue. The skirt, or more accurately, the total cheer uniform is an important part of what makes a cheerleader sparkle and light up a crowd.

Customization
Customizing your uniforms with logos, mascots, or names adds a an extra dose of spirit so everyone knows who you are and what you represent. Whether it's embroidery, tackle twill, or screen prints, a personalized design will add major style to your ensemble.

Accessorizing
Even if you've got the uniform, your spirited look isn't complete without accessories"”a bow, glitter, and poms!

Getting the Best Deals
We all want the best of both worlds: for healthy food to taste like ice cream, for exercise to be as fun as watching "New Girl," and to get the best cheerleading uniforms without the hefty price tag. While we're still working on the first two, we do know how to make the last one a real possibility. It all comes down to being an early bird.

Ordering
There is a lot to consider when choosing uniforms for your cheerleading team to wear during the season. Here is a plan of attack that will help you start, and manage, the different stages of the ordering process.

Cleaning
Your uniform is almost as important as your cheers, dance moves, and stunts. A cheerleader's uniform is undeniable and universally recognizable. Such an important piece needs to be taken seriously, and needs to be cared for properly. Here are the biggest uniform cleaning don'ts and the easy way to avoid them.