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Square Dance outfits

Joan (Hees) Clare and Lloyd Hees of Lincoln wore these typical square dance outfits of the 1980s and 1990s. Couples coordinated their outfits through matching fabric colors or patterns. About 2000 Callerlab, the national square dancing organization, changed the dress code for women, allowing "prairie skirts"(also known as "broomstick skirts") and tops of any style. The large petticoat seen here was no longer required, and dancers could purchase clothing at many retail outlets. Coordination of couple's outfits is still seen, but it is not as prevalent as before.

Square Dance costumes, ca. 1980s-1990s

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