How To Dress Like A Ballerina

Let’s face it, what girl hasn’t dreamed of becoming a ballerina at some point in her life? There’s something so glamorous and feminine about the image we have of classical dancers: hair in a high bun, lifted chin and excellent posture, and of course clothed in that signature look- leotards, layers of tights and leg warmers, and elegant wrap sweaters. And whether you never made it past that class your mom enrolled you in at age three so you could learn to plié right after taking your first steps, or you did pirouettes diligently every day until the many demands of high school set in, it’s never too late to fake it. And if you’re not one for spending hours and years at the barre pursuing a career in this art, here are a few tips to at least mimic the effortlessly graceful look of the professional ballerina about to step out of the wings. 

Most dancers spend their days in the studio in tiny form-fitting leotards and cropped wrap sweaters to keep their muscles warm when they aren’t dancing. To mimic this classic look without the inconvenience of stripping down a leotard every time you need to pee, opt for a crop top with a simple silhouette. The wrap sweater can stay. 
Wear Moi Carmen Wrap Sweater 
Free People Seamless Tank
Diane Von Furstenberg Ballerina Wrap Cardigan 
Parker Ohana Crop Top
Cynthia Rowley Dutches Satin Cropped Cami
Alice + Olivia Tess Fitted Crop Top 

Skirts + Dresses:
While you might spot Teresa Reichlen or Sara Mearns, both principals with the New York City ballet, walking around the city in tight fitting skinny jeans accentuating their flawlessly toned legs, this look isn’t quite as quintessentially ballerina-like as some. To better convince yourself that you’re about to go onstage to perform a pas de deux, wear a mini a-line skirt, preferably made of tulle. 
Dressing up for a night out? Choose a fit-and-flare dress, the looser style many ballet costumes are modeled after. A departure from the more structured pleated tutu-skirt for day, these dresses (especially when made of intricate lace and soft colors) present an ethereal beauty. 
Candela Jack Skirt 
Alice + Olivia Darcy Tulle Skirt
Frenchi Swiss Dot Mesh Layered Skater Skirt
Free People Reign Over Me Lace Dress 
Alice + Olivia Darcy Tulle Skirt 
Free People Beads for Days Tunic
Free People Secret Origins Pieced Lace Tunic

Unless you wouldn’t mind the pain of going about your day en pointe, select a pair of dainty ballet flats or delicate strappy heels that wrap or tie around the ankle, reminiscent of the way the pointe shoe ribbons wind around the feet.  

Jessica Simpson Mandalaye Elastic Ballet Flats 
Sam Edelman Felicia Ballet Flats
Zimmermann Tie Up Ballerina Flats 
Schutz Quarta Two Strap Pumps
Bionda Castana Lana d’Orsay Pumps 
Schutz Meeraal Ankle Strap Pumps

Wearing your hair in a bun is a no-brainer, but what about pinning only some of it up in one of these pretty barrettes à la Juliette from the classical ballet Romeo and Juliet?
To keep your legs warm (ballerinas are perpetually cold), pull on a pair of ballet-pink tights, or legwarmers, or both! You can never have too many layers. 
Ben-Amun Crystal Headband
Heart of Gold Queen of the Forest Fern Leaf Crown  
Mrs. President & Co. Dreamy Leaf Ponyholder
Mrs. President & Co. X Barrette 
Commando Up All Night Thigh High Socks 
Commando Premiere Sheer Tights in Nudie

Really want to persuade people of your prima status? Sign up for a bar method class to sculpt beautiful arms to complete your authentic look.

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  1. such a great choice for ballet i like your outfit keep share your ideas
    with us .i always trying to getting such types of information blogs .

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