Hi! I'm Melanie, founder of the Leotard Boutique. We're an online shop that specializes in adorable, affordable leotards, skirts, and tights for your most precious little darlings. We're a woman-owned, small business that is 100% made in the USA.

We offer five essential and versatile leotard styles (short sleeve ruffle leotard, long sleeve ruffle leotard, short sleeve classic leotard, long sleeve classic leotard, and tank/camisole leotard) in 23 vibrant colors that are simple to mix and match. Your daughter will look so sweet in her leotard with a Leotard Boutique dance skirt, and a pair of our tights. That's a very popular look for our customers, but the outfits you can create with a leotard are endless and adorable.

We make our leotards and skirts for kids who twist and turn, jump and roll, move and groove! They are high quality and so very comfortable, made with 100% nylon fabric that stretches just enough (but not too much) and is the perfect thickness. They are colorfast and made to last!

Motherhood and the Birth of a New Idea

2013 was a memorable year for me. It was the year when the biggest life changing moment happened. It was the year I gave birth to my first child.

If you are a mom and reading this, you know what I am talking about!

Between feeding, changing diapers, burping, naps and all the other demands of being a mom to a newborn, I also hatched an idea for a new company.

If you guessed it had something to do with leotards, you are right!

Today, both my little girl and the Leotard Boutique have gotten much bigger. So, that's the "what" and "when" part of my story, but you may be wondering "why"...

My Childhood & Dance

Growing up, I studied dance for 16 years. During this time, my parents worked hard to pay for my lessons and gear. I'm so thankful for their support and encouragement (❤️thanks Mom and Dad ❤️), especially because dance taught me so much. One of the most important lessons I learned is that persistence, patience, and hard work deliver profound results. Big time.

Dance gave me so much, but at the same time, I witnessed the financial burden of dance lessons and dance gear.

I wanted to do something to help others experience this important, healthy activity.

I founded the Leotard Boutique because I wanted to make leotards that were well-made, adorable, and affordable.

One of my greatest wishes is that the girls who wear my leotards experience the same joy and positive benefits from dance that I did.

Not My Momma's (or Your Momma's) Leos

Before I started the Leotard Boutique, leotard styles hadn't changed much since my mom studied ballet in the '60s, The options were basic, boring, and outdated. (Yawn!) I knew I could do better.

Some girls grow up dreaming of being an astronaut or doctor. I was a budding entrepreneur and fascinated by merchandising. (You can see my kids share my entrepreneurial spirit. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.) When it came time for college, I focused my studies on merchandising, then after some pivotal internships where I gained extensive practical experience, I launched a successful career. That is an abridged version, but somewhere between that time and the birth of my daughter, I realized that combining my childhood passion for dance and my years of education and work experience in merchandising was the perfect foundation to start my own company.

I decided it was time for me to update leotard options for girls.

I was on a mission.

I sourced companies that shared my values of high quality, 100% made in the USA products in order to make a leotard that would not get droopy, fade, or wear out.

I focused my line on five essential styles. I made sure they were fun and contemporary, not stodgy or boring.

I created a true-to-size fit chart to take the guess work out of ordering. All you need is a tape measure and a daughter who can stand still for one moment. (The second part might be tricky!)

I developed a palette of pretty colors that you and your daughter will love and won't find anywhere else.

Even better, our skirts and leotards are affordable and well-made. At just $12.50 to $23, the value is really hard to beat!

Plus, we deliver your package quickly (insert fast sound here) and keep shipping rates (insert cash register sound here) as low as possible.

Little gymnasts and tiny dancers have never looked so adorable.

Throughout the whole process, I followed the lessons I learned in dance class: persistence, patience and hard work deliver exceptional results. There really aren't any shortcuts.

Leotards are Great for Other Uses Too

Our leotards are part of a perfect ensemble for flower girl outfits, birthday princesses, Halloween costumes, and dance recitals.

Even little fellas can sport leotards to transform from Clark Kent to Spiderman or one of their other favorite superheroes: Batman, Spiderman, Sponge Bob Squarepants—you name it!

When you embrace the possibilities of a DIY costume, you get really creative and have a blast! You can monogram or hand embellish leotards to get just the look you or your child wants. Or, you can have us personalize your leotard for your daughter.

We offer a rainbow of colors so the options are endless.

Instagram Inspiration

I love seeing your joyful, adorable kids wearing our leotards and skirts. It makes my heart happy! So, please, keep those photos coming. Post your photos on Instagram and tag #leotardboutique and @leotardboutique! 

Thanks for being such an important part of the Leotard Boutique!