Carrie Bradshaw was more ahead of her time than we realised.
If you’re not quite sure what balletcore is, the hint is in the name – though you don’t have to take the trend literally to try it out. Embodying hyper-feminine silhouettes, textures and colours, balletcore is inspired by the costumes, performances and rehearsal uniforms of the category of dance it’s named after. Think dainty flats, knitted leg warmers and lots and lots of tulle. Essentially anything baby pink and extremely cutesy makes the cut, though there are some slightly less traditional takes on the trend too – Ganni’s scrunched leopard-print ballet flats, for example.
It’s kind of a more glam take on athleisure. Dance is all about movement, which also translates into the fashion – dancers need to look good but they also need to be able to pirouette and leap from one side of the room to the other, so stretchy, non-restrictive fabrics are key. Tutus add a touch of couture, while fishnets and legwarmers give 80s Madonna vibes.
TikTok might make it seem like this trend is new, but it’s always existed in mainstream fashion – be that subtly, in the form of pieces like wrap cardigans and ballet flats, or more overtly in princess-style wedding gown designs. Even Irish designer Simone Rocha has been repping the aesthetic on catwalks around the world.
So, what do you need to embrace the trend and keep your fashion sense on pointe (I’m sorry)? Whether you go all out or keep it casual, there are a few things that will help you nail the look. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite balletcore-inspired pieces for your viewing pleasure and you can shop our edit below.
The easiest way to try out the balletcore trend is to incorporate a pair of ballet flats into your wardrobe. Comfortable, versatile and extremely wearable, they go with just about anything so are a great investment for your spring/summer wardrobe. Now for the weather to improve…
A great layering piece, particularly as we come into spring, wrap cardigans form the basis of a ballerina’s off-duty uniform. Wear yours with a silk skirt and your favourite flats to emulate that same casual-yet-put together ensemble.
I scoffed at the idea of leg warmers ever being considered fashionable, and yet here we are, with Miu Miu and Prada designing their own versions. They’re defnitely practical…
Go full Sex and the City and opt for a tutu around town, or save your tulle for a special occasion in the form of a glitzy dress.
When worn on its own, a bodysuit may not feel very ballet, but paired with leg warmers and a wrap cardigan? Very Swan Lake.
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