Balletcore is the trend of your younger self's dreams. It's your dress-up bin come to life. For almost 20 years, I danced ballet (pretty close to) every day, so this trend is definitely one that I'm loving—painfully tight hair buns, pink tights with irreversible runs, and cotton ball–lined pointe shoes not included.
The basis of this aesthetic is a mix of soft, romantic silhouettes, pastel tones, and airy materials. British brands like Erdem, Simone Rocha, and Molly Goddard are pros at bringing these dreamy, ruffle-adorned looks to the runway. And this year, it expanded across many brands, including Miu Miu, Giambattista Valli, MM6 Maison Margiela, and Sandy Liang, with the Miu Miu ballet flats becoming the hero piece for the trend.
When incorporating this fantastical aesthetic into your everyday wardrobe, think elegant, romantic, and not so literal. Trends like leg warmers, Mary Janes, voluminous pieces, baby-pink lingerie, plush cashmere, and slip dresses all fit the bill.
To get you started, I've shopped out my top picks for nailing balletcore below.