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Most beginning Lindy Hoppers turn up at dances looking like they belong in a certain Gap commercial: khakis and black T-shirts or unbuttoned club shirts with white t-shirts underneath. As they become more involved in the scene, however, they realize that dressing up is more fun than dressing down.

Dancers who want an authentic look will find a world of vintage shops in the area that specialize in clothes from the swing era. For women, the choices can be vast; for men, though, it’s much more of a challenge � but not impossible. “Original zoot suits and pants don’t exist,” says Ellen Werther, the owner of Heart’s Desire, a Springfield vintage shop. “It’s not a conspiracy.”

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