Trends come and go, but one trend has been holding on for years. Whether supermodels or mothers-to-be, everyone is practicing ballet. When I think of lean, trained bodies, I immediately think of dancers.
Discipline and hard work are only two of many characteristics that ballet dancers have in common, but not everyone needs to strive to be a professional dancer. For all the ballerina wannabes out there, there is great news. Not all of us are destined to be ballet dancers, but we can still love everything ballet, including the fashion. Powder-soft colors and feminine silhouettes full of romance, elegance and femininity all conjure up visions of a ballerina.
How can the ballerina trend be worn day and night without looking too little girly?
I'll show you dresses, normally reserved for ballerinas, that have been designed to make them suitable for every day.
There are now many different variations. I like the color black or nude best. Style your bodysuit a bit edgy to take the sweet out. Dungarees or denim jeans look very sexy paired with a nude bodysuit. Not sure? Voila, here is the picture.
Ballerina flats are now available in different shapes, with a heel or without. Ballerinas in black can look quite graceful. Decorated ballerinas can be funky and not quite so girly. Combine them with leather or distressed pants and they have the desired edgy look.
The typical bright ballerina pink is often immediately classified as sweet and feminine. Combine to create a cool look that isn't considered to be too sugar-sweet. Take it slow and try a nail polish in pink or follow the current trend and try a pink collar. There are many ways to wear the beautiful, romantic ballet look. One of my sweethearts is the next lady. She takes the feminine look to a completely different level and puts her outfits together skillfully. She is one of the forerunners of the ballerina look.
If all this is too pink or romantic, start with jewelry. Maybe a small chain with a logo? I think accessories are an important part of the ballerina style. Even a bag can create the look you want. Recently I found a golden brocade skirt in a wool-silk mixture. I would have never thought of it, but it made a great ballerina skirt.
The transformation of the tutu from classic ballet wear to street style is a phenomena. It is generally made of tulle, but depending on how modern you want to wear it, there are multiple layers of stiff tulle to make it softer. In recent years, many great designers have designed their own interpretations and shown them at the Fashion Weeks. Wide, flimsy skirts were incorporated into dresses. It’s been over a decade since Sex and the City ended, but still, bloggers, influencers and it-girls are finding new fresh ways to wear tulle. No one forgets Carrie Bradshaw and her pink ballerina skirt at the beginning of each episode. And what did she wear on the last episode in Paris? A tutu skirt!
Whether you like the trend or not, one thing is for sure - ballerinas are tough, strong women with a huge portion of discipline and who wouldn't like them as a role model - or fashion guide.