Ballet originated during the renaissance, going on to influence other styles of dance, which has gone on through the course of centuries. Dancers, ballerinas especially, have a very whimsical and soft and aesthetic that has made its impact on current fashion trends. In this pandemic era, we’re experiencing there’s no need to let comfy clothes begin and end with boring sweatsuits. The spring runways were filled with soft pinks and ballet flat duffle bags, and other subtle nods to a dressed-down ballerina aesthetic.
Tie-Ups Tops and Skirts
A signature ballerina item is an iconic ballerina tie-up slippers. Tie-up tops and skirts in wrapped varieties are seemingly reminiscent of pointe shoes. Cutout and strappy things are certainly trending for the warmer weather ahead, and the ballerina aesthetic fits perfectly into this.
The Juniper Skirt free sewing pattern has the movement all ballerinas would rave about!
Ballet Inspired Bottoms
From stirrup-style legging to split hem sweats and trousers, these bottoms channel rehearsal-ready ballerina vibes. To add to the ballet skirts mentioned above: Skorts are another way to get the ballet vibe with an ultra-practical sensibility with the help of built-in shorts to keep yourself safe from accidental flashes.
For a split hem, look try the Nolana Jeans free sewing pattern.
Arm Warmers/Cropped Shrugs
The knit trend featuring a turtle neck shape with sleeves and no bodice appeared last fall and is still here. It’s transformed into a variety of fitted, super-cropped warm-up style tops. When I first saw the warm-up crop made of just sleeves I was hesitant, but it has grown on me. Cropped shrugs are similar warm-up ballerina gear that pairs perfectly with the spring weather not being too hot while offering a bit of coverage when the wind passes by.
Try the Gordonia Hoodie Shrug for the perfect athleisure look inspired by the ballerina aesthetic.
The ballet aesthetic will have you ready for dance class right in your own home and comfy enough to feel like you’re lounging. I’m all for a bit of sartorial role play–with the tennis aesthetic being popular last year—It’s time for another sport to take center stage. Let’s lace up and prepare for a standing ovation!