Dancing with the Stars Style: Tango Fashion

By Micheline Goldstein Aug 13, 2013

Sexy, sultry Tango costumes are a trademark of Dancing with the Stars! Check out some of the show's most memorable Tango and Argentine Tango fashions below.

Nicole Scherzinger and Derek Hough - Season 10

Derek Hough's black suit, shirt, and stylish red and black shoes are complemented by the red flower in Nicole Scherzinger's hair. Her backless brown and black dress doesn't distract the audience from their Argentine Tango, which judge Len Goodman called more delicious than his grandmother's apple pie!

 Zendaya and Valentin Chmerkovskiy - Season 16

Zendaya's elegant red and black lace dress heightens the drama and mystery of the performance without upstaging her partner, Valentin Chmerkovskiy, in black slacks, shirt, vest, and red accents.

Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough - Season 16

Kellie Pickler's short haircut gave her the ability to create a new character to fit each dance, and for the Argentine Tango she dons a short red wig and a slinky red dress for the maximum amount of passion and drama. Derek Hough wears a black suit, white shirt, and two-tone wing tips for a mysterious, devil-may-care look.

 Apolo Ohno and Karina Smirnoff - Season 15

Apolo Ohno and Karina Smirnoff's Tango costumes reflect their song choice, "Holding Out for a Hero," by Bonnie Tyler on the All-Star season. Apolo wears a belted vest and cargo pants while Karina's gown is shades of green satin and lace.

 Kendra Wilkinson and Louis Van Amstel - Season 12 

Kendra Wilkinson's Tango outfit, a less dramatic version than others on this list, reflects her bubbly personality. The dress combines a sparkly pink bodice and long bright pink layered skirt for a fun vibe. Louis Van Amstel pairs a dark gray suit with a tie that matches Kendra's bodice.

  D.L. Hughley and Cheryl Burke - Season 16


Cheryl Burke's Tango dress has a sleek modern feel, all black with geometric detailing. D.L.'s light gray suit benefits from the pop of red added by his pocket square.


Tango Don'ts

While there have been many hit Tango looks on Dancing with the Stars, there have also been some misses throughout the years. Here are some looks that we didn't love.

Romeo and Chelsie Hightower - Season 12


Chelsie Hightower's Tango costume is a jarring combination of shiny, plasticky red fabric, which gives the gown a futuristic feel, and a black bow with black lace trailing down the back. Romeo, dressed in head-to-toe black, lets the focus be on his partner.

Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas - Season 11


Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas look like members of a high school marching band in these purple costumes. They would have been better off going for a sexier look to match the tone of the Tango, but in their defense, they were tasked with infusing the dance with a rock-and-roll theme for DWTS Rock Week.

Hines Ward and Kym Johnson - Season 12


While Hines Ward and Kym Johnson went on to win the Mirror Ball Trophy at the end of Season 12, Kym's Tango dress features an odd juxtaposition of rhinestones and lace, plus a little too much skin. Hines looks elegant in a white dinner jacket and bow tie.

Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke - Season 11


It seems like DWTS Rock Week is an inauspicious time for Tango fashion. Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke chose a futuristic, rock-and-roll style, but Cheryl's skirt opens in the front to reveal a pair of shorts, and Rick's potentially hip vest is actually knee-length and bogged down with hardware.