ok well, my dd has been in three recitals, this year is her fourth (one year they did a xmas one at her other school) . The school she goes to now is one of the best in the area, but It is not a "professional school". Her teacher actually said she prefers not to do recitals at age 3,4,5 but that they do them because the parents want them, which I find interesting.. AND she has announced about a million times that no child is required to do the recital and its perfectly fine if they dont want to (which I love
All of her costumes were in the $40 to $50 range
Her first costume was blue, with white lace and a leotard, it had a kind overlay skirt that hung like crotch length and they had bonnets.. they did Peter Pan and the girls did the song tender shephard and were supposed to be little shepardesses.. very cute... skimpy, a bit, but still little girl like... no girl is required to wear makeup, we just did a little blush and lipstick so she wouldnt be washed out on stage and we curled her hair... my dd LOVED having her hair and "makeup" done.
For her xmas recital they tapped and wore party dresses, no costume required.
The following spring they did the Wizard of Oz, and the girls were the Lullabye Lee's (?), and wore white dresses (costumes) with a thick pink velvet band around the chest.... very cute, and they were long so that they looked like munchkins too.
THis year at her new school there is no theme, they are doing the song "sunshine on my shoulder" (which makes me want to cry). The moves are beautiful and they are wearing yellow costumes that have a shear material attached at the wrists....... sooooo pretty.... they are leotards, but nothing less than normal........
Personally, the raincoat is not bad, even cute I think , but I would not be comfortable if my child was parading around in a bikini.... I wont even buy her one for the beach. I insist on tankinis or the ones that cover the belly, even though my dd wants one with a "boob thing" as she calls it...
Maybe insist that the coats do not come off?
ETA: what about putting a nude leotard under the bikini?? We had to buy nude leotards in teh case that dd's costume is see through....