Clothing that complements the hip-hop style and makes students feel comfortable is important; if they don’t feel comfortable, they won’t dance to their full potential. Loose-fitting clothes and materials that move well against the skin accentuate many styles of hip-hop. Popping always looks better in sweatpants or a polyester warm-up suit. Many boogaloo-style poppers wear dress slacks instead of jeans because the slacks move well with popping leg movements. Long sleeves add flow to popping and waving.
For shoes, encourage students to wear classic street sneakers. (I’m not a fan of jazz sneakers with split soles and slippery bottoms.) Sneakers provide a better grip, allowing movements to be sharp and to stick. For gliding, a shoe with a stiffer sole and smoother bottom facilitates rising on the toes without pain and easy sliding. Michael Jackson always wore classic penny loafers onstage because he did so much gliding; it made him appear as if he was walking on air.