1. What is Lila's Return/Exchange policy and the Terms of Sale?
Our Belly Dance Costumes come with a Money Back Guarantee! You can return the costume, for any reason, within 5 days of receiving it, for a full refund (minus shipping and any credit card transaction fees). The costume must be unworn, unaltered, and in its original condition. Please notify us of any return, by e-mail or telephone, within the 5 days. You may also exchange your costume for another at no additional shipping charge. Please read all notes on this page and the "ordering" page in regards to sizing of the costume & how to measure yourself. These "Terms of Sale" similarly apply to all of our other products. We reserve the right to refuse a return if the item appears to have been worn or altered, or smells of smoke.
2. What does the back of the belt of Lila's Belly Dance costume look like?
All of the cabaret costume belts are the same on the back as they are on the front unless we provide the picture of the back of the belt.
3. How many pieces does Lila's Belly Dance costume have?
Most of the belly dance costumes come with 5 pieces--Bra, Belt, Crown, and 2 Wristbands. Matching skirt and veil sets are also available at an additional charge.
4. Where should I measure my hips?
Measurements of the belt should be taken around your hips, on top of your bum, and below your navel; From hip bone to hip bone around at the widest part of your hips (not your waist!) The belt is designed to "sit" on your hips and bum. If the costume says: "Belt: 33-36", it means that the belt is currently a 36" at the lower hips and can be reduced down to 33" by you or by our seamstress.
5. Where should I measure the bra?
Measure the bra UNDER your cups--this is LESS THAN YOUR REGULAR BRA SIZE. The cup size is the same as your regular bra cup size. Measurements of the straps refers to the measurements around your rib cage, so if a costume says: "Bra: 28-33 C", it means it is currently a 33" around your rib cage under your cups and can be reduced down to 28" by you or by our seamstress. As to the cup; if a costume says; Cup "B-DD" that means it is currently a DD but will look perfectly fine on a B, C and D cups as well--our bra cups are bullet cups.
6. How do I clean and care for my Lila's Belly Dance costume?
Our Turkish costumes can be gently washed under lukewarm water; sequins and beads included! and the satin lining can be gently scrubbed with soap if it becomes soiled. The satin lining is designed to be stain resistant. You can also gently scrub your sequins gently, with a soft, clean, and wet toothbrush! . Lay to dry. Absolutely DO NOT dry clean your costume! As to the Egyptian costumes: the bra liner can be cleaned just like the Turkish ones, but not its outer part. The skirt may be more delicate and if it gets stained, try to focus on the spot alone without washing the entire skirt; use stain removing spotter. Also, do not lay any heavy items on any of your costumes. Do not expose your costume to sunshine for long periods. Your costume is a hand made work of art which took weeks and sometimes months to complete; use common sense when handling it. Sequins and beads on edges can always be re-sewn if they get caught on something when dancing. Crystals and rhinestones can be re-attached if they fell, and replaced if they were lost, by buying them at any bead store. Again, never dry clean any costume! Treat your costume as a museum piece handmade textile which will remain with you for life and increase in value as handiwork is dwindling from the modern world.
7. What are your international shipping rates outside the U.S.?
We ship all over the world with the Post Office by Express International Mail; the rate is about $45 for one costume, the transit time is about 5 days.
8. Do you have a printed catalog that can be sent to me in the mail?
We do not carry a printed catalog because each one of our costumes is one of a kind.
9. Is the costume I see, the same costume that I will receive?
Yes, on most costumes. Also, the size you see, is the exact size you'll receive unless you request alterations.
10. What is the shipping rate for Lila's Belly Dance costume in the U.S.A.?
Each Belly Dance costume costs about $15 to ship anywhere in the U.S.A. & Puerto Rico. We ship via Insured Priority Mail which takes 2-4 days to arrive within the U.S.A. and Puerto Rico. On multiple items, we will combine shipments for you to save. Arrivals will require your signature. We can also ship by Express Overnight Mail for $35 anywhere in the U.S.A. & Puerto Rico. We charge no handling fees; only actual shipping fees.
11. If I need to, how do I alter my Belly Dance costume?
We are now offering free alterations on most costumes. ($25 worth and made by our professional seamstress) Minor alterations of the belt, bra strap, and shoulder straps can be done by you even if you are not an experienced seamstress! For instructions see our Alterations Page.
12. Do you sell the bra or belt of the Belly Dancing costume separately?
No, we currently do not sell the bra or belt separately.
13. How do I make an order and what forms of payments do you accept?
We accept MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover, PayPal, Western Union, International Postal Money Order, Money Order, or Check. Please see our Ordering Page.
14. Do I need to add a sales tax?
Only Maine residents do. If you are a Maine resident, please add 5% sales tax to your total.
15. How often does Lila receive new merchandise?
We receive new costumes and styles every few months, so please bookmark our site and check often.
16. What is the length of the skirt?
The 2 panel Turkish skirts are approx. 38-39" long. Remember; paneled dance skirts need to be longer than your average length skirt; these are professional dance skirts designed for dancing and movement. Still, if you are 4'7"- 5' in height, then all skirts can be easily reduced down from above the elastic waistline by a non-seamstress as well. Egyptian costumes skirt's length vary.
17. Where is Lila located? Which country do we send our money to? What laws is your site subject to?
We are Americans located in the State of Maine in the U.S.A. When you send us your money, you send it to the U.S.A. Your goods will come from the U.S.A. All U.S. federal and state laws apply to our business practices.
18. What do I need to know when buying a Belly Dance costume online?
~~~The weight of the Cabaret Belly Dance costume will determine quality and the amount of work as well as sequins and beads that were put into it. Always ask the weight of your costume before you shop around for your best quality costumes. Lila's costumes are known for their weight which reflects the heavily beaded work put into the costume.
~~~The sequins' size, origin, shape and colors are also important and we use only the best and most expensive Czech sequins for our Cabaret belly Dance costumes!, nobody else does! Also, 90% of our costumes are iridescent or holographic (sparkling) for greater shine and intense beauty and are mostly faceted, rather than "Flat", and so their color remains forever and does not fade out like flat sequins do.
19. What makes Lila's Belly Dance costumes special?
~~~Lila specifically created a new style in belly dance costumes nearly 16 years ago, which has been adopted and copied across the board as the most visually appealing and possessing the highest quality and comfort; still, only here, you will find the best quality and authenticity of the original style created by her!
~~~First of all, each one of our Turkish Cabaret Belly Dance costumes is edge wired throughout all of the costumes' edges! providing immense versatility to the material and comfort to the dancer; you can fold and even squeeze your costume any which way and it will NOT break or scatter or damage. Our costumes are specifically designed to withstand vigorous professional dancing! Most Egyptian costumes also have edge wires around the bra
~~~Secondly, every single inch of the Turkish costumes is covered with sequins and beads so no backing will show--only the array of intensely shimmering sequins and beads! Egyptian costumes are also heavily beaded and took even longer time to create than the Turkish ones
~~~The Turkish Cabaret Belly Dance costumes contain 3 layers of material with a soft insulating mid-material, adding comfort for the dancer and protection for the extensive stitching.
~~~Every sequin is reinforced with 2-3 glass beads on each edge of it, so sequins do not "bump" into each other or scrape each other, and most importantly, stay well reinforced. (some Egyptian costumes may vary)
20. For more questions or comments, please e-mail or call!