How to Style the Ballerina Shoe Trend

Thanks to the runways of Valentino, Céline, Acne Studios, and more, the dancer trend has caught on in a big way this season. The beauty of it is that it's a feminine way to do athleisure, which is refreshing for those of us who would rather wear a skirt than track pants.

But if you don't want to look like you're dressed up as a ballerina for Halloween (although it would be convenient this year…) or like you're actually going to dance class, there are certain styling rules to follow. The tentpole of the trend, ballerina shoes, are an easy way to give the trend a try.

If you want to avoid the full-blown dancer look, take your cues from the stylish street style examples below. Skip the tulle, wrap sweaters, and pink, and instead opt for masculine-inspired pieces and denim. Or, if you prefer something a little girlier, wear a printed maxi dress or skirt. Keep the rest of your look effortless and casual, and your pretty ballerina shoes will be all the more of a standout, just as they fully deserve to be.

Scroll down to study up on our ballerina shoe styling tips, and shop the very best ballerina shoes on the market at the end!

Pair them with a shirtdress. 

Shop them off with a pair of cropped denim flares.


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A bohemian maxi dress is the perfect trend to combine with ballerina shoes.


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Make a surprising statement by wearing them with something casual and comfortable.


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A masculine shirt and jeans is a no-brainer combination with the feminine shoes.


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Combine them with other statement accessories for maximum impact. 

A duster jacket plus ballet flats is a very F/W 16 look. 

We're currently obsessing over the denim-and-velvet update Miu Miu recently gave its most sought-after shoes.

These are both minimalistic and statement-making.

We don't expect these to stay in stock for long.

Behold one of the most unique shoes of the year. 

We're digging the rustic yet delicate feel of these. 

You'll definitely get your money's worth with this simple $60 pair.

There's a lot going on here, but it somehow works beautifully.