Recently, OPI released a collection of Nail polishes inspired by the New York City Ballet. I thought to myself, "self, if OPI can release a collection inspired by ballet, why can't I inspire my wardrobe to go with it?" And really, there was no logical reason I could think of to explain why not - so we're going to go with it!
I have readied for you, two possible outfits that are inspired by ballet. That said, bear in mind the following: I hear you. Ballet dancers are, generally, tall, lanky human beings who tend to wear clothes like a hanger might. However, that does not mean that you can't be inspired by their style - ballet-inspired does not mean "ballerinas only!" I really think that the silhouettes created by these outfits would be universally flattering. I would wear them, as a curvier girl, so you can too! :-)
The first outfit is the more relaxed of the two:
Leggings and a long, slouchy, one-shouldered top will provide balance between your top and bottom half. It is important, however, to remember the following: Leggings are NOT pants. They will never be pants. Please do not wear leggings as pants! You really, honestly, need a long top to make sure that you are not showing too much.
I stuck to flats for this outfit (and the next) because they are equal parts cute and comfortable. If you are not a flats girl, I would stick to a low heel. I also kept the accessories to a more feminine theme - Pinky tones and flowers, but without being over-the-top. I used a pretty big bag here, because the whole concept of the outfit was inspired by what I have seen girls wearing as they go to and from rehearsals. The giant bag will hold everything, from books for class, to (were you a dancer) your toe shoes! It has a useful cross-body strap, too, just in case you carry a lot of very heavy items with you.
The second outfit is a bit less casual than the first:
I love the bodysuit tucked into trouser-style jeans. It brings out a great 70's inspired look, and keeps the line of the overall outfit very sleek. I, again, went with flats for this outfit, but I amped them up a bit by choosing a pair that are beaded at the toes, rather than being plain. Flats with a pair of jeans like these demand that they be appropriately tailored. You can easily ruin a really cute outfit by having ratty hems on your jeans. Your local tailor is your friend, in this case.
I added some interest to the outfit by putting in one of my favourite classic feminine patterns - the polka dot! I used an exaggerated polka dot bag, and contrasted that with a band of miniature polka dots around the fedora. I kept the rest of the accessories quite light to not interfere with the patterns.
Both of these outfits work because of the balance - tighter tops with flared out bottoms, and vice-versa. If you are in doubt, remember that - if both top and bottom are too much one way or the other, you could wind up creating a look that you don't want. (If you think your pants and top are too baggy together, remember the Olsen twins!! Say no to bag lady!!)
Would you wear ballet-inspired pieces like these?
Enjoy the rest of your day or night!