5 Style Rules We Can Steal From Ballerinas
There is no hiding the fact that ballerinas are some of the most elegant and graceful beings in existence. They make everything they do look effortless and light, from their flawless 32 fouettes down to the tulle lightly falling away from their muscular bodies. In other words, we need to tap into their style ASAP.
To do so, we reached out to Claire Von Enck and Indiana Woodward, two corps de ballet dancers at the New York City Ballet, and asked them a few questions about their personal style. Along with their informative answers, we pulled out a few style lessons of our own that we think everyone can learn from ballerinas.
Keep scrolling to read what these two NYCB dancers have to say about ballerina style, and to shop ballet-inspired pieces!
WHO WHAT WEAR: What fashion advice would you give to someone wanting to look and dress as elegantly as a ballerina?
INDIANA WOODWARD: I think soft is a good word to describe a ballerina, both in terms of texture and the overall look. For example, a light pink, high-waisted long chiffon skirt with a white shirt or blouse—that direction. For hair, a French twist or a high ponytail. We like wearing earrings in rehearsal. I feel prettier when I wear earrings. But put your own style to it!
WWW: How has ballet shaped your personal style?
IW: I’ve always had quirky style, but ballet really shaped my style because I started wanting to be more comfortable. We’re always in tights and leotards, so now I get really cute sweaters, low-crotch pants, and really comfortable shoes.
WWW: What has dance taught you about dressing for your body type?
CLAIRE VON ENCK: Because we’re creating certain shapes with our bodies to present certain pictures, dancers are very aesthetically aware. We can tell if something doesn’t pair well together.
IW: Ballet kind of gives you the confidence to wear anything—if you feel like it, you can wear skintight things or be more comfortable. I like to wear things that accentuate my waist.
WWW: What elements of costumes or rehearsal attire have you seen pop up in your everyday style?
CVE: When you wear warmups during rehearsals, you want to be really comfortable to keep your muscles warm, but the warmups also shouldn’t restrict you. I like layering and loose things.
IW: I often bring my style into the studio with the T-shirts and sweaters that I wear in rehearsal.
WWW: What are your go-to shoes when you're not dancing?
CVE: Most of the time, Dansko clogs, which are super supportive. I also love wearing ankle boots—if you’re wearing leggings, they can be dressed up with ankle boots and a certain top.
IW: Clogs, sneakers (mine are leopard-print Cole Haan), and cute boots.
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