Even If You're Not a Prima Ballerina, You Can Still Rock the Balletcore Trend
The next time you see "The Nutcracker" or peek into a ballet studio, take a look at the outfits. They're pretty beautiful, right? Body-hugging leotards, silky skirts, tulle tutus, delicate pointe shoes. There's something about a ballerina's uniform that's lovely, feminine, and effortlessly chic. Perhaps that's why the latest trend that's emerged on runways and in street style is balletcore — dressing like the prima ballerinas we see on stage.
So what does balletcore mean for the real world? After all, you're probably not going to be wearing pointe shoes on the street. Balletcore is all about bodysuits, leotards, black and pink tights, wrap skirts and sweaters, and, of course, some ballet flats. Need more inspiration? Check out our picks ahead to whip your balletcore wardrobe into (dancing) shape.
ASOS Design Leonie Embellished MaryJane Ballet Flats
Practically speaking, you won't be able to walk very far in a pair of canvas ballet shoes. The ballet flat is the next best thing. We love these sweet patent flats ($40) in a rosy pink hue. For a little extra showmanship, they feature a double strap with crystal-embellished buckles. They'll shine with every step.
Stradivarius Satin Wrap Mini Skirt
Every ballerina has a favorite wrap skirt to wear over their leotard and tights. This one ($36) by Stradivarius mimics the look almost exactly. With a high waist that's cinched with a bow, a short hem, and vibrant color, it's the perfect way to bring a little balletcore into your everyday.
Fabiana Filippi Fade Tulle Midi-Skirt
For more formal affairs, might we suggest this elegant ombré tulle midi ($678)? With an elastic waist and an airy drape, it'll make you look as graceful as a ballerina, whether you're heading to a work holiday party, the theater, or even the ballet.
Bloch Ladies Convertible Tights
While there are so many different brands and styles of tights out there, we suggest going to the source, Bloch. Made for dancers, these tights ($19) are super flattering and super strong. They won't pull or get holes, either. Available in a range of sizes and colors, there's a pair for every outfit, whether you're wearing a vegan-leather miniskirt or a silky dress.
Wolford The V-Neck Bodysuit
For the cold days ahead, a long-sleeved bodysuit will keep the ballerina-inspired look going without leaving you with a chill. This Wolford ($285) bodysuit's got the form and the function: a chic V-neck, lots of elastine for plenty of stretch, and a snap at the hem. Pair it with just about anything in your wardrobe, from your favorite relaxed jeans to a high-waisted maxi.
Balmain Hair Couture Gold-Plated Leather Bow Barrette
Ballerinas love a hair accessory. Whether it's a barrette, a clip, an embellished bobby bin, or a scrunchie, hair accessories are a way to express a little creativity amid a pretty stringent uniform. We love this sweet Balmain bow barrette ($245) to keep your hair up during the day. Sure, the B stands for Balmain, but it could stand for ballerina, too. (No one needs to know!)
Zimmermann Long-Sleeve Wrap Minidress
The wrap style is ubiquitous in ballerina-inspired fashion, whether it's in the form of a fitted sweater or a skirt. This Zimmermann dress ($625) exudes balletcore, not just with the wrapped drape but also the silky skirt and even the billowy sleeves. It's the perfect wardrobe piece for upcoming parties or weddings. (Maybe even a great bridesmaid dress that everyone will love.)
LoveShackFancy Mateo Ruffled Tulle Mini Skirt
Balletcore meets Barbiecore with this delightfully playful tulle miniskirt ($325). Pop it on, and you're sure to feel like a ballerina, whether you pair it with a bodysuit and a blazer or a chunky sweater. Ballet flats almost required.
Topshop Long Sleeve Ballet Wrap
The ballet wrap gets a little sporty with this stylish top ($30). Complete with a V-neck, a cropped fit, and elasticized sleeves, it's ready to move with you, whether you're headed to ballet class, the gym, or out to brunch with friends.