Saturday, November 29, 2008

Couture Ballerina

So... Whether it's lace, flouncy skirts, delicate fabrics, flat shoes and tiered maxi dresses, we can happily revisit our long-forgotten fantasies of being as graceful and as poised as ballerinas while staying ultra-fashionable at the same time.
So, how can we achieve the ballet-inspired look without looking old-fashioned or too hippy? The number one recommendation is the knee-length frothy skirt - whether it's ruffled or tiered. Choose solid colors or printed fabrics and wear the skirt with a sheer top or a corset-style, slim-fitting blouse in order to achieve a modern yet unitary look.

Versace via

Charles Anastase (

Girly dresses are next on the list, whether we're talking maxi dresses or any other cut that compliments your body shape.


One of the hottest combinations of the season is the bias dress cut (preferably in white) paired with a light jeans jacket and a pair of gladiator sandals.

Few looks (all via :

Alexander Mc Queen, Giambattista Valli

A. Mc Queen

Alexander Mc Queen, Antonio Marras, Balmain

Elie Saab, Christian Lacroix, Dolce & Gabbana

Libertine, Alexander Mc Queen, Pollini

Project Runway Designers, Temperley, Toni Maticevski

Embellish your outfit with subtle ballerina details - a nice V or scooped neckline, a flounce of lace at the hem of the skirt or dress, dresses made of silk or satin in nice, vintage colors such as pearl, muted pink, a light silvery-lavender, washed-out blue or green. If you go for an outfit that's got multiple colors, accessorize it with nude colored shoes to keep the soft feeling about you, and add a single theatrical piece of jewelry - a cuff bracelet or a sparkling necklace with one single gem. An embroidered satchel or a petite ruffled purse will make the style work even better, giving you a quirky yet creative and romantic air.

JLo in InStyle, Hilary Duff, Rihanna


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