You may have heard the phrase “Once a ballerina, always a ballerina,” and if you’re anything like me, you completely agree! I started ballet when I was three years old and pursued it with every bit of passion that I put into everything that I do. As often as I can I take the time out of my busy schedule to just dance. Whether it be in the small confined spaces of my living room or a drop in class at a local studio, I am all about expressing myself through the beautiful movement of dance! To me, there’s nothing more freeing than moving to music and letting the rest of the world and its’ challenges disappear.
To honor my years of ballet, I love to create street style fashion inspired by ballerinas. Today I’m sharing with you four tips to embrace your inner ballerina and create a street style outfit that is on point, as well as some fun facts about me and my dancing days!
Ballet Inspired Street Style Tips:
Accessorize with ballet pink.
Let’s start with the obvious by incorporating one thing your outfit can immediately draw inspiration from – ballet pink! I had the wonderful opportunity to co-design a bracelet stack with Sisco & Berluti for their Blogger Babe Collection. My stack was inspired by all of my years of ballet, combined with my love for feminine, edgy and fun pieces! You can purchase this stack here or get the baby stack version which I find myself wearing a lot! I am amazed by the high-quality beading found in these bracelets!
Incorporate tulle pieces.
I’m giving you full permission to go for it with confidence. Have that Carrie Bradshaw moment and wear that full flouncy tulle skirt you’ve had your eye on! When I found this Free People tulle skirt I was immediately in love with the flowy mesh, double layering, and satin trim. Unfortunately, they are sold out, but I’ve linked some other favorites at the bottom of this post just for you!
Wear lace-up flats or heels.
I am obsessed with the lace up trend. I love it partly because of how chic it looks, but mostly because every time I lace them up I am reminded of my ballet days of tying the ribbons on my pointe shoes. Adding lace ups to your outfit will not only be on trend, but only ballet inspired! That’s the best of both worlds!
Add your own street style edge to the outfit.
Don’t like tulle? It’s more than acceptable to avoid the tulle completely and wear a pleated midi skirt. There are absolutely no rules here! In fact, I encourage you to bring your own style into every look that you create! For me, adding my own street style meant wearing all black with some hints of pink. Finding this clutch with some studs also brought out the additional edgy flair I was hoping for.
And now for some fun dance facts about me!
- I danced strictly ballet until I was 12 years old where I changed dance studios and started Jazz.
- I was in a performing dance company who did all forms of contemporary and modern dance styles for almost 10 years.
- The majority of my dance career I danced a minimum of 10 hours a week – plus another 10 on weekends during rehearsals for large performances.
- I began dancing en pointe when I was 10 years old.
- I’ve gone through at least a hundred of pairs of pointe shoes, for sure!
- I’ve played every part in the Nutcracker expect for the doll and Spanish dances.
- For three summers I attended the Summer Dance Lab program at Whitman College and was honored with a scholarship to return for their 5-week program.
- I combined my love of teaching with dance by teaching dance in an after-school program.
- I have choreographed for musicals as the Dance Director for a local Performing Arts Camps for a few summers.
- I’ve performed on many stages including some not so normal stages such as malls, parks, fairs, stairwells, woods, garages, streets, and sidewalks, etc.
I’d love to hear from you! Do you have any dance experience in your background? Do you love to create ballet inspired outfits too? Let me know in the comments below!
Ballet Inspired Skirts: