Renaissance Faire Post #5 - The Social Classes of the Renaissance

Dressing appropriately for your social class is important to stay in character at the 5th Annual San Jose Renaissance Faire. This may seem like a piece of cake, but there are important details that can't be overlooked.

Renaissance Social Classes


Royalty: Royal men and women had to show their wealth by wearing the best materials, such as silks, lace, and fur. Women's hair tended to be done in intricate up-dos with jewels or other head-wear, men wore caps with jewels or feathers. Gowns were full with many layers.

Lords and Ladies: While higher in class than the common people, lords and ladies are not quite the stature of the royalty. Materials for attire tends to be a little cheaper (fewer silks and lace) but still tend to be colorful with intricate decoration.  Outfits also have fewer layers with more narrow gowns. Hair is typically worn neat and long with less prominent up-dos.

The Common People: The common folk of the village have little left over to be able to spend money on fancy clothing, they stick with hardy fabrics that are pragmatic, such as wool, so as not to have to keep replacing clothing. These clothes are not typically colorful. Hair is tied back to keep out of the way and there are few, if any, accessories.

Stop by one of our locations in San Jose, Marin, or Santa Cruz for more tips for this weekend's Faire!


Renaissance Week Post #4 - Costumes and Accessories for Men

Men have an equal opportunity to don fun costumes and get into character at the 5th Annual San Jose Renaissance Faire. From royalty and knights to blacksmiths and jesters, men have a wide variety of costumes to sport at the medieval event of the year. Check out some costume ideas below and some accessories to pair them with.

Men's Renaissance Costumes



Whether you want to go as a king or prince, you will find what you need to complete your costume at SJ Dancewear. Plush tunics with tights, velvety cloaks, rings, and a staff will have you feeling as royal as your costume!


Your friends will hear you jingling a mile away with our comical jester outfit and crazy hat. Be sure to pick up tights and some face paint to transform yourself completely.


Though we can't sell full knight armor, you can still look the part with high-end tunics, capes, and play swords and sheaths.


Perhaps you want to take your costume to a different level, in which case a Blacksmith is a great choice. Come grab some plain pants, a shirt, some gloves, and an apron. Give the costume a finishing touch with some black costume dirt.

We're looking forward to seeing you at the Faire and in our store to set you up with an amazing outfit!


Renaissance Week Post #3 - Women's Costumes and Accessories

Whether you want to celebrate the fashion of a wench or a lady at this year's San Jose Renaissance Faire, we have what you need at SJ Dancewear!

Women's Renaissance Costumes


The 5th Annual San Jose Renaissance Faire is going to celebrate its anniversary with bigger and grander entertainment than any before. Be sure your costume lives up to the spirit of the event!

Some themed costume ideas for women include: a regal queen with vibrant colors and flowing gowns, characters from many of Shakespeare's best pieces, medieval ladies with simple yet elegant dresses, and wenches in poverty with drab dresses and household accessories.

You can find all of these intricately detailed costumes and much more at SJ, Marin, or SC Dancewear. Don't forget the most important part -- these costumes are just outfits without the appropriate accessories (which we have plenty of)! Be sure to check out our variety of long-haired costume wigs, head pieces, jewelry, makeup, footwear, staffs, and much more.

It won't be hard for you to dress to impress this weekend with a quick stop at any of our locations, stop in to browse our selection or get some tips from our expert staff. Good morrow to you!


Renaissance Week Post #2 - Children's Costumes & Faire Activities

Children are not the first thing to come to mind when you think of Renaissance Faires, but it's important to remember how much fun they can have at these events!

Children at the Faire


There are many options for appropriate Renaissance children's costumes. We sell and rent princess costumes, jesters, knights, kings, pirates, and many more suitable outfits for your little ones. Don't forget to browse our selection of fun hats, beads, face paint, feathers, and much more to spice up your costumes!

In addition to the fun of costumes and contests, children will have the opportunity to participate in a number of activities including drawing, playing giant Jenga, making crafts such as jewelry, getting their faces painted, watching puppet shows, and eating tons of delicious and different food!

The San Jose Renaissance Fair is a great opportunity for you to get your kids active and make some fun and unique family memories. Don't waste another minute, head to one of our locations in San Jose, Marin, or Santa Cruz today to pick out some medieval costumes for your little ones. Our friendly and expert staff will help you pick out all your family's costume needs for a memorable Renaissance weekend!


Renaissance Week Post #1 - Celebrate in San Jose August 1st - 2nd

It's that time of year again, time to don your flowing gowns, frocks, and wigs at the 5th Annual San Jose Renaissance Faire!

Family-Friendly Renaissance Faire



The Faire will take place on Saturday August 1st from 10AM - 6PM and Sunday August 2nd from 10AM - 5PM.


The Faire will be located at Discovery Meadow in San Jose. Parking will be located at the SAP Center/Shark Tank and will cost $5 per car.


The San Jose Renaissance Faire is a perfect opportunity to get the family out and enjoy something cultural, fun, and stimulating! Enjoy entertainment such as medieval dancers, story tellers, jousting, and demonstrations by the Knights of Mayhem.  With crafts, face painting, and other family activities, the Faire is a wonderful place to bring the kids.


Anyone and everyone is welcome at the San Jose Renaissance Faire.

Daily admission is as follows:

$18 for adults ($13 for seniors 62+, ages 13-17, and military)

$8 for children ages 6-12

FREE for children under the age of 6

Stay tuned for more posts to celebrate the upcoming Renaissance Faire. As always, SJ Dancewear stocks all of your costume, jewelry, makeup, and accessory needs. We will be posting a Renaissance themed post every day this week to pump you up for the Faire!

Huzzah!  And stay tuned.



Looking for a Gag Gift, Photo Op, or Party Theme? Try Mustaches!

Mustaches have become an icon for this generation and they are a popular addition to parties, photo booths, and arcades everywhere. Stop by SJ Dancewear to load up on fake mustaches of a variety of styles for your next event.

Tons of Mustaches!



Stick them in goody bags, stuff them in the pinata with candy, have guests where them throughout the event, place them in the rented photo booth as props, or stick them to cups, balloons, and other decorations for a unique and hilarious atmosphere. The opportunities to incorporate mustaches into a party are endless and they are perfect for birthday parties, Halloween parties, bachelor and bachelorette parties, and even baby showers!

Baby 'Stache!


Photo Ops

Do you need something to bring your family's personality out in Christmas cards or reunion photos? Try some fake mustaches! The grand kids will really get a kick out of looking back through that photo album! Other opportunities to use mustaches in pictures are in photo booths as props, goofy wedding pictures, baby pictures, and any other picture you can think of. Mustaches are funny...and there is always room for funny!

Don't forget to stop by and check out the variety of ways you can make your life a little more hilarious at SJ Dancewear!


Only Two Months Until the Wizard World Comic Con 2015 in San Jose!

Grab your costumes and gather the final detail of your character at SJ Dancewear for the upcoming Wizard World Comic Con 2015 in San Jose.

Wizard World Comic Con



The Wizard World Comic Con will take place at the San Jose Convention Center on San Carlos Street.


The event will run during the following hours:

Friday, September 4, 2015 – 3pm - 8pm
Saturday, September 5, 2015 - 10am - 7pm
Sunday, September 6, 2015 - 11am - 5pm


This is an incredible event that is great for fans of the fantastical, both young and old! Some activities will include vendors of clothing, art, crafts, and more! Film screenings, costume contests, special guests, and meet and greets will also be taking place.


Though talent is certainly subject to change, as of right now some special guests will include Ian Somerhalder from The Vampire Diaries, Toby Kebbell from Fantastic Four and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and James Marsters from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. There are many more guests scheduled to keep fans entertained.

Don't go to the con in your street clothes, enter the costume contest and see us at any of our locations in San Jose, Marin, or Santa Cruz for costumes, wigs, makeup, accessories, and tips to give the rest of the contestants a run for their money!


How to Get the Best Sound from Your Tap Shoes (And Other Tips)!

There is more to getting good sound from a tap than to strap a piece of metal to the bottom, read below for some tips and tricks to get the best sound for your dance style.

Taps and Sound Boards


There are many parameters to getting a good sound in the tap world, but let's start with the size of the taps. You can get small taps or taps that are so big they stick out from the sides of your shoe, it all depends on your preference and the size/width of your foot. Another important variable is the tap material itself. For example, Capezio has Tele-Tone tips that produce a a moderate tone, whereas SoDanca's sharp convex tap produces a high and bright sound.

Now that you've picked out the type and size of your tap, it's time to discuss maintaining your sound. Loose screws in a tap can be annoying and produce poor quality sounds. There are a couple of options available to help you keep your taps in place so you can spend more time tapping, and less time tightening. First, get a sound board. Despite what the name indicates, the sound board doesn't actually affect the sound of your tap very noticeably. It does, however, help keep those screws in place. If you don't want a sound board or you just want an extra measure to keep your tap on, try using wood glue in the stripped hole where the screws are placed.

These are only a few tips to help you get the best sound from your tap shoes, watch for more information on the SJ Dancewear blog on how to care for tap shoes in the next few weeks!



Dress Up in Confidence this Upcoming Halloween with a Sexy Costume!

Nothing can make a woman feel more confident than a good costume that hugs all the right places, get your sexy costume from SJ Dancewear today!

Sexy Referee Costume


One of the many sexy costumes we carry is the woman's Sexy Referee costume. The vertical stripes flatter all figures,the short skirt shows legs for days, and there is plenty of opportunity to accessorize with cute hats, fun stiletto boots, and knee-high athletic socks.

Sexy Cop Costume


If a referee costume isn't for you, try something a little more "official" with a sexy cop costume. The dark color hugging each curve will leave you feeling sultry and in control. This costume can be paired with a lot of accessories and gadgets such as thigh-high boots, whistles, hand cuffs, police hats, batons, and much more.

Sexy Navy Girl


Try something patriotic with this Sexy Navy Girl costume. The nautical color scheme and sailor hat is perfect for Halloween or any of our patriotic holidays such as Independence Day.

As always, don't forget about the professional theatrical makeup, wigs, and other accessories we offer at SJ Dancewear. Stop by to check out the number of costumes and tips we can share with you!



There's No Need to Be a Muggle, Get Your Magic Supplies with SJ Dancewear

It's time for the main event...impress your friends with the magic tricks you learn with props and other magic supplies from SJ Dancewear. From wands to top hats, we have what you need. You can find standard or trick decks of cards, magic rings, and other magic supplies with mirrors, false backs, and more so you can shout ABRACADABRA! and have your friends in speechless awe.

Magic Supplies


Look the part with costumes and accessories you can find in any of our locations in San Jose, Marin, or Santa Cruz. We have suits to fit any size, flashy vests, white gloves, top hats, and shiny shoes to complete the look. Don't forget the beautiful assistant, we have many sequins one-piece outfits and feather boas for all the glitz and glamour your show needs.

Magician and Assistant


We have new inventory coming in frequently so there is likely something new that you haven't tried in our stores! Some inventory includes magic coloring books, all-inclusive kits, Chinese sticks, trick coins, fluff balls, cups, and more!

If you think you have it all or you are just getting started come to SJ Dancewear so we can  help you build your collection and show you the world of magic!

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