Perhaps there’s something a little too graceful about these pointy-toed divas. They’ve managed to slowly plie their way into our fashionista hearts. First it came with the soft, pastel and neutral colors being introduced as, “high-fashion.” Then came the ballet slipper, flats. Well, that was kind of an obvious. We couldn’t possibly live without those! Now the ballerina look has taken the fashion world by storm, especially with the release of Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan.” And yet, exactly how do we put together a Vogue ballet look without appearing four-year-old adorable, except for the creep factor…That’s what I’m here for! We’ll explore looks for curvy and straight bodied women. Once you’ve finished reading this article, you’ll have all the knowledge you need to explore this new fashion hobby in your wardrobe.
The Three Rules to Ballet Fashion
- First, ballet is all about flow, grace and strength. This is what you want to incorporate into your look. When inspecting clothes to add to your ballet wardrobe, look for the flow factor. Is the fabric light and draped? Is it clingy or loose? If clingy, does it cling in the right areas and flow in others? One would want to search for light, flowing fabrics that will billow in the breeze and given them an oh so slight enhancement to their already graceful demeanor. One adds strength to this look with an air confidence, which we all deserve to have.
- The second rule of ballet fashion is color! We have our flowing fabrics which we can rock in all kinds of colors, but to make our look runway ballet approved, we must watch our color scheme. Ballet is the softest and most graceful form of dance, so it must incorporate soft, graceful colors to enhance the illusion. We will do the same in our ballet fashion wardrobe. Pink is going to be your best friend! But only if it’s a pastel pink. Stay bright, but stay soft. Light pinks, purples, grays, blues, and beiges are exactly the colors you’ll want to stick with while playing with this new trend. And of course, you can never to wrong with black.
- Our third and final rule is the rule we can have the most fun with in any type of fashion situation. Layering! Layering is always a blast. There is so much you can do when you open your mind up to layering. Ballerinas are always layering. They do this while practicing to keep their clothes tight and out of the way while they dance, but to also allow their muscles to stay warm. When layering in ballet fashion, one wants to remember the two key parts to layering, top and bottom. Layering on top should consist of multiple tanks or tanks paired with leotards. Yes, leotards. don’t be afraid to try a lacey new leotard. Forever 21 is a great place to find them. On the bottom, one wants to look for layered, chuncky skirts. These will always be the perfect combination of flowing fabrics and layers. H&M is a great place to find skirts with this look.
And there you have it. We stretched with a few rules on how to follow this hot trend, practiced our plie’s with some gorgeous looks to try, and now you’re ready to put on a fabulous ballet with your new attire. I hope you have fun! This has been a fashion exploration with R.J.Davis.