Requirements for leotards in Rhythmic Gymnastics 2022-2024

As the last code said, a correct gymnastics leotard must be in non-transparent material; therefore, leotards that have some parts in lace will have to be lined (from the trunk to the chest).

This statement is common to the last code of points.

The pelvic area (with or without a skirt) should be covered with non-transparent material up to the hip bones and a small lace or transparent area for connection/decoration is tolerated.

On this code, the cut of the leotard at the top of the legs must not go beyond the fold of the crotch.

Leotards may be with or without sleeves

The undergarments worn beneath the leotard should not be visible beyond the seams of the leotard itself.

The leotard must be all in one piece. It is not possible for a gymnast to wear a leotard and separate additional
“socks,” “gloves,” decorative legwarmers, or belts.
It is not allowed to decorate leotard with light-emitting diodes (LED)

On this code, a leotard with words or symbols is allowed if the design meets ethical standards and based on RG COP 2022-2024
Hair decorations were a point of controversy in the last COP. The hairstyle must be neat and compact. Decorative details are allowed but they must not be bulky and/or jeopardize the safety of the gymnasts. Hair decorations must be close to the bun/compact to the hair.

The penalties are 0.30 point one time for rule is not met.

Requirements for Rhythmic Gymnastics Leotards


Close-up of Natalia Garcia’s (ESP) embellished leotard

Based on the updated code of points, a rhythmic gymnastics leotard must accomplish the following rules:

  • Non- transparent. Some parts in lace will have to be lined from the trunk to the chest. It must be tight fitting in order to enable the judges the correct positions.
  • They can have sleeves but narrow straps are not allowed.
  • Leotards for groups must be identical. However, if the leotard is made of a patterned material, some slight differences due to the cut may be tolerated.
  • The neckline of the front and back of the leotard must be no further down than half of the sternum and the lower line of the shoulder blades.
  • The cut of the leotard at the top of the legs must not go beyond the fold of the crotch (maximum); undergarments worn beneath the leotard should not be visible beyond the seams of the leotard itself.

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Viktoriia Onoprienko’s (UKR) red leotard fitting with the music

From 2017, the code of points also allows:

  • Tights under the leotard
  • Gymnasts may perform their exercises with bare feet or gymnastics slippers.
  • Forbidden: to wear jewellery or piercings which jeopardize the safety of the gymnast. Also a skirt that does not fall further than the pelvic area over the leotard, tights or the unitard is allowed.


Fabrics of a leotard


Bandages or support pieces are made of skin colour

Penalties by Coordinator Judge:

Leotards  will be checked prior to the entrance of the gymnast in the competition hall and if this does not conform to the code of points, a penalty is applied by the Coordinator Judge.

  • -0.30 points for individual gymnast and one time for the Group at fault.
  • -0.30 points if emblem or publicity not conforming to official norms.
  • -0.30 points in case of bandages or support pieces are made of colors (it must be of skin color)


Anastasiya Salos (BLR) wearing a fluor leotard

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Ekaterina Selezneva wearing a leotard in the same colour as her ball


Leotards in groups


Some part of the leotards could be transparent

Rhythmic Gymnastics Leotards: Designer Inspiration


Russian Group 2011 iconic leotard, that reminds Valentino’s roses

Leotard is a skin-tight one-piece garment that covers the torso but leaves the legs wore by gymnasts. Some of them are also covering legs and they are called “unitards”. Leotards designers can find their inspiration on fashion runways. Here are some examples:



Margarita Mamun

Olympic Champion, Margarita Mamun, wore a leotard that was clear an inspiration of Versace’s Runway gown that was also seen in supermodels such as Gigi Hadid.

Russian team gymnast, Karina Kuznetsova wore a leotard inspired in Valentino’s original gown. This leotard was worn as its first time by Margarita Mamun.

Yana Kudryavtseva loves fashion and that can be also seen on her leotards. Yana wore all her new 2016 season leotards during Baltic Hoop 2016. Her ball leotard was an inspiration on an iconic design by Dior Couture.

Margarita Mamun

Photo by Enrico Della Valle

Margarita Mamun’s butterflies leotard was a leotard adaptation from Jean Louis Sabaji SS 2013 Ready To Wear collection.



Another case in point is this beautiful leotard inspired in Elie Saab’s Couture 2013 gown, wore by Margarita Mamun



Yana Kudryavtseva wearing an inspired leotard on Elie Saab’s SS 2014 Runway Gown

Leotards: Close up pictures II

Sparkling nude leotard worn by Margarita Mamun (RUS)

Close-up picture of Margarita’s leotard.

Hand-painted leotard of Carolina Rodríguez (ESP)

Carolina’s leotards are designed and made by Maillots Tanitex (Spain)

Another painted leotard with lots of details, worn also by Carolina

Anna Rizatdinova (UKR) chose a blue/golden contrast leotard.

Leotard made by “Leotards by Lana”

Backside leotar by Maillots M.Davide
“Pearls” are now allowed

Leotards : Close up pictures

Leotards are a one piece garment which can be with or without sleeves.  Here are some close ups of international gymnasts leotards.

This is one of the most incredible leotard ever seen, the one worn by Russian group in 2011:



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This one with a picture of a gymnast in its back. It was worn by Evgeniya Kanaeva, Alexandra Merkulova, Elizaveta Nazarenkova and Margarita Mamun.


“The hearts leotard” by Melitina Staniouta, was one of the most inspirational leotard.


Russian leotards always have a lot of stones


Hand-made painted, worn by Natalia García


Carolina Rodríguez wearing a leotard with lots of details


Almudena Cid used to design her own leotards


Colourful leotard by Evgeniya Kanaeva


Silviya Miteva’s with thousands of Swarovski stones


Rhythmic Gymnastics Leotards

Leotards are the one-piece garment that gymnasts wear in their exercises. Since 2001, COP allows leotards with or without skirts and unitards (since 1993) . The skirt should fall down on the hips and “tutu shape” is forbidden. Its length should not go lower than the pelvis. Tights are also allowed. Some years ago, leotards were embroidered with sequins and glitter, but nowadays they could also have Swarovski crystals on them.

The design


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Worn by Belarusian Team in 2011

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 Close Ups


Leotard by


Leotard by


Worn by Eugenia Onopko (ESP)

Photo Copyright © Bernd Thierolf


Leotard by M. Dávide


Worn by Silviya Miteva (BUL)


Leotard by M. Dávide


Flower detail by

Ready to wear


Leotard by


In style of Russian group 2009


Leotard by

Worn by Eugenia Onopko (ESP)

Lent leotard

Once in Thiais GP, Almudena Cid forgot her leotards at the hotel, so that Alina Kabaeva lent her leotard to her.


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Photo Copyright © Tom Theobald


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Sold Leotards

Russian Leotards to Austrian Team


Caroline Weber (AUT)

Photos by Tom Theobald and Eileen Langsley


Nicol Ruprecht (AUT)

Photo (right) by Bernd Thierolf

Belarusian Leotards to Mexican Team


Verónica Navarro (MEX) and Liubov Cherkashyna (BLR)

Russian Leotards to Mexican Team


Russian Leotards to Cyprus


Darya Dmitrieva (RUS) and Chrystalleni Trikomiti (CYP)

Russian Leotards to U.S.A.


Darya Dmitrieva (RUS) and Rebecca Sereda (USA)

Russian Leotards to Romania PISCU