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Real Ballet Style

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The influence of ballet style on fashion is all around us: ballet flats, pastel colors, flowing skirts and wrap sweaters are everywhere. But I have a little secret to tell you: That isn’t how real dancers dress! Cold muscles are the enemy of all dancers, so the professionals pile on the layers in class to keep warm. It isn’t uncommon to see dancers at the start of class wearing multiple shirts and pants, in addition to leg warmers, scarves, and even down vests! Of course, as the class goes on, the layers come off, but it would still be rare to see a professional ballet dancer wearing just a leotard and skirt in rehearsal.

The still images above come from a live broadcast of the Royal Ballet’s daily class for its company members. The hour-plus video is on YouTube, and is a must watch for anyone interested in ballet!

Don’t you kind of love their quirky mish-mash style? I do, so I gave myself the challenge of translating ballet rehearsal style to real life.

Start with the body-hugging layers of a camisole and tights. You’ll want to balance out the quirky look we’re going for with a fabulous updo.

Camisole: Free People. Tights: Express. Updo: Blueprint/Martha Stewart

Do you prefer the worn-in look of a well loved sweatshirt? Or is a soft scoop neck sweater more your style? (I also love how this sweater gives the illusion of layers, trés ballet).

Sweatshirt: Wildfox. Sweater: Splendid.

Go for the full ballerina with a full skirt. Personally, I prefer shorts when I take class.

Skirt: American Apparel. Shorts: Sam&Lavi.

Want to add a little texture with this burlap flat? Or are the clean lines of this ankle strap flat more your style?

Burlap Flats: TOMS. Ankle Strap Flats: Gabriella Rocha.

Finally, go ahead and throw on this printed down vest. The rest of your outfit is so sleek, you can play around with proportions with the puffy vest.

Vest: Patagonia.