Monday, March 21, 2011

They're Dancing In Chicago and Down In New Orleans!

Wow! I kind of called this one! Okay, so I actually said that I wanted to start a new trend, but whatever. It was started, and that's all that matters. It seems that Black Swan's ballerina style has taken over for Spring.

According to, ballet-inspired updos are all the rage for modern brides. Be they perfectly polished or romantically undone, all the cool girls will be wearing buns down the aisle.

Stylebistro recently posted that the ballet trend was on the rise, but with an edgier, less innocent twist. Tutus with sex appeal, if you will. The look is pretty and provocative, and you don't get much better than that.

In the UK, searches for leotards, tights, ballet flats, wrap dresses, and even tutus have shot up since the release of the movie (though most searchers are opting for white, rather than black. Looks like they didn't get Stylebistro's memo).

Yep, it looks like the ballet trend is here to stay, at least for the foreseeable future. With that, I have a few affordable options for you, courtesy of Forever 21.

Black Swan, Casual:

Photo Credit (this and all): Forever 21
Now, this is not overtly dance class. At first glance, it's just a casual jersey knit top. What gives it that graceful, balletic vibe is the flutter sleeves combined with the lace neckline. Pair it with blue jeans and ballet flats for a cool weekend look. $13.50. P.S. If you don't like black, it comes in pink, taupe, and cream, as well.

White Swan, Casual:

This piece is definitely more dramatic. I love the flow of the woven material, the deceptive sweetness of the lace on such an open neckline, and the sparkle of the rhinestone belt. Pair it with skinny jeans and some strappy sandals to keep the edge. $24.80.

Black Swan, Dressy:
This piece is definitely fits the balletic theme, with its knit tank bodice, cinching waistband, and silk pickup skirt. Try this with a chunky necklace or bracelet, or mix it up with some bright pumps. $24.80.

White Swan, Dressy:

Easily the most spot-on of the lot, this sheer, nude dress features a strapless, ruched bodice, defined waist, and flowing skirt, all covered in tiny, irridescent beads. Keep it classy, but amp up the sex appeal with minimal jewelry, nude heels, and a messy updo. $19.80.

1 comment:

  1. love the ballet trend. not only does that mean flats are back (which, although me wearing heels is no longer an existential dilemma for the man in my life, i love), but it's now totally trendy and socially acceptable for me to show up in public after my ballet classes in convertible tights, a leotard, warm-up shorts and a cut-up sweatshirt, with my hair all piled up randomly. i'm just totally dedicated to the look.



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