Answer: Just one more!
Nothing says bellydance like a hip scarf, it's the accessory that can turn someone in regular party clothes into THE DANCER. But have you ever felt overwhelmed by all the options when shopping for one? Here's a handy guide (and lots of pretty pictures!) to help you decide what kind of hip scarf will serve you best.
Hip scarves are great fun, a way to instantly feel like a bellydancer and to get that fabulous fancy feeling, but they also have a practical purpose: to make your movements more obvious. This is especially helpful for beginner movement practice, when you are trying to learn isolations and safe body mechanics. A hip scarf will give you visual, kinesthetic, and even auditory feedback on what your body is doing while you build familiarity with how the moves should feel.
For example, when doing a hip circle, check that your scarf is staying level in the mirror. When practicing a hip drop you can tie a coin scarf around your chest to be sure you are isolating the movement to the hips: if the coins stay quiet, you're isolating!
And that leads us to the first category of hip scarves, coins and bells:
These can look cheap, or be fancier, and are what most people think of when they think of a bellydance scarf. I hand these out as loaners in my introductory classes. In addition to the feedback mentioned above, they are great for giving you auditory feedback when you are practicing your shimmy!
The scarves in these pictures came from: Bellydance.com, dahlal.com, bellydancestore.biz, NYC street vendors, Palestine, various workshops, and H&M