6 Ways to Pull Off the Ballet Trend IRL

Valentino, Acne Studios, Celine, and more, each so valiantly declared during F/W 16 fashion week that the most elegant way to dress this fall is exactly like a classical ballerina. Therefore, we bring you the ballet-inspired fashion trend. The gracefulness and whimsicality of these dancers are objectively beautiful, so it makes sense for designers to draw inspiration from their aesthetics, both physically and emotionally. It is a ballet dancer's job to embody the perfect juxtaposition of strength and grace, vulnerability and mystery, and effortlessness and technicality, which are just a few of the reasons why we admire them.

Thanks to this new trend, if you can't dance like a ballerina, you can at least dress like one by applying all of the above descriptions to your own personal wardrobe. Since sporting a tulle skirt and pink tights around the city might not feel like the most natural thing in the world, we are here to give you a handful of style tips that will definitely hit closer to home and that you can make work with the pieces you already have in your closet. 

Keep reading to see the most beautiful ballet-inspired style tips, plus the pieces you need to re-create them! 

Tulle Dresses


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Layer a tulle dress over a crewneck sweater, and underneath a cozy shearling coat. Opting for a chunkier boot will be an unexpected touch to the overall look, and will downplay the frilly nature of the tulle. 

Pink Tights


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Ballerinas live in their pink tights, and so can you this winter. Pair yours with pieces that are more on the edgy side like this patent-leather miniskirt and moto jacket. 



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In this case, leotards and bodysuits go hand in hand, so when craving that ballerina aesthetic, a version of either of those with lace-up detailing is your best bet. We love how it looks when worn underneath a pencil skirt as shown here. 

Romantic Hemlines


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On stage, the audience is mesmerized by a dancer's movement, so why can't you do the same via your hemline? Asymmetrical and lace finishes add a rich quality of movement to any article of clothing, similar to how a ballerina does (minus the dancing). 

Ballet Slippers


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One of the biggest takeaways from this ballerina-inspired trend is the updated version of the ballet slipper. Instead of the typical satin ribbons crisscrossing up your ankles, there are now buckles and printed ribbons that make the style a little less prissy. 

Flattering Details


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A ballerina knows how to highlight her best features—a quality that we should all aim to possess. When wearing pieces that aren't as form-flattering, be sure to counter them with something like a slimming bodysuit with a neckline that elongates you instead of shrinks you down. 

A versatile piece you can truly rock any day of the year.

This lace bodysuit will be an unexpected addition to any ensemble. 

You'll live in these rose mules all season long. 

Reminisce of your debutante days with this elegant dress. 

The thin straps on the back of this bodysuit add an alluring and slimming touch. 

A one-shoulder, knit, ballet-pink bodysuit is a piece you won't come across often. 

Carrie Bradshaw would definitely rock this adorable and fun skirt.

Nothing is more flattering than a pair of sleek tights for the fall. 

Haven't you heard? Joggers are now acceptable to wear IRL too. In other words, not just around your house. 

Slip gowns are a modest way to manifest sexy sophistication in one go.

Pink, velvet rock-studded ballet flats. Enough said. 

Pair this darling wrap sweater with some quality denim and ankle boots. 

How would you style the ballet trend? Let us know in the comments below!