Disclaimer 26th June 2020: Due to change and education, I have made a pledge to promote only sustainable brands and garments from now on that both fight for a circular economy in fashion and pay garment workers a fair living wage. I have decided to keep all of the former brands and items listed in this blog post as well as keep the original writing for future readers and portfolio. Enjoy reading, shop sustainably.
Ballet has always been a dance and art form close to my heart. I attended weekly classes of ballet from the ages of 9 till 18 and since going to university I have missed it terribly. My dream when I was 11 was to get into the royal ballet school in my year 6 yearbook it said that I hoped to be a professional dancer in 10 years time. As the months get closer to my 21st birthday, that hopeful dream is now only a faint twinkle in my eye, but my love and nostalgic affection for ballet will never end. Ballet will always influence and pepper my life, I long to see Degas’s infamous ballet paintings (I wrote on The Dance Class in my first year of my degree), one of my favourite places in Paris is the Palais Garnier, Dancing shoes by Noel Streatfield is one of my fave children’s books and listening to Serenade for Strings by Tchaikovsky does things for me.
Edgar Degas, The Dance Class, 1874, Oil On Canvas, 83.5 x 77.2 cm. The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
This week I attended ballet fit, an exercise class at my uni gym, for the first time. Honestly, my muscles were dying and it made me realise how obviously after 3 years I didn’t possess the same stamina as I used to. But it has reignited my desire to get back into it again (apologies to my house mates for listening to me stomp around the house in my pointe shoes). Due to this love, I have always been drawn towards ballet styles in clothing. Ballet and fashion has gone hand in hand for years, Saint Laurent collaborated with the Ballet Russes in 2015, the tutu is unique to the dance and is part of its charm, and when delicate tulle and embroidery grace the haute couture shows my lil heart has palpitations. Below is ballerina style clothing (on the high street of course) that I hope will make you feel like a graceful swan.
A wrap top is essential to ballet warm ups and also is super flattering. I have noticed recently that the style has arabesqued its way into the high street and is the perfect way to step yourself into spring.
Tulle is synonymous with the Ballet tutu. Its lightweight, allowing easy movement, and holds its form, creating dramatic flair. The dreaminess of tulle has made it a popular fabric used by designers like Molly Goddard and Giambattista Valli and has become a staple for Dior Fashion House. A mid length tulle skirt is very similar to the romantic ballet tutu. So, channel your inner Darcey Bussell and Margot Fonteyn:
Scrunchies are adorable, end of.
Lace Up Ribbon Shoes:
To enable full support of your ankles and calves, ballet shoe ribbons are crissed crossed up the leg. This has influenced many a heel and flat shoe as shown below:
The Puma heart trainers also have this feminine twist, for a while now I have seen them in shops and was unsure whether I loved them or disliked them. But I do think I like them as they are really cute. I may feel like a 5 year old when I wear them but weren’t the best years of your life when you were 5 anyway?
Wearing pale pink will always be a subtle nod to ballet styles. Pale pink tights and ballet shoes are essential to a dancer’s uniform. It isn’t a surprise that pale pink tights have not caught on outside of ballet but regardless, the colour nonetheless prevails. Sadly, pale pink is such a popular colour of the moment, and also I love the colour, that I found it hard to pick a few, so just wear anything, or paint your nails the shade if an overt expression isn’t your kind of thing.
Lots of love,
Featured Image: Dior Spring/Summer 2018 Couture