tipping pointe

With the release of Oscar-tipped Black Swan (for my review, see here), ballet is now having a resurgence. Many girls had a brush with the graceful pastime growing up – although I swiftly traded ballet shoes for less refined riding boots – and although it may not be something that we actively take part in anymore, there is still that fascination that compels us to go see The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty et al. The music, the costumes, the romance of it all… it’s completely captivating. Impressionist Edgar Degas was so entralled by the ballet world, that over half his works depicted dancers:

{The Rehearsal of the Ballet on Stage by Edgar Degas via AllPosters}
Taking inspiration from the outfits and themes within Black Swan, here are a few pieces to help you embrace the trend and maybe even pirouette around your living room when no one’s looking:

1. Dorothy Perkins nude shoulder sequin dress – £30
2. DSquared2 slash neck sweatshirt – £150
3. Steve Madden Fifi heels – $99.95 (approx. £62.50)
4. Manolo Blahnik Catalina heels – $418 (approx. £261)
5. Lipsy ribbon necklace – £18
6. Essie nail polish in Ballet Slippers – £9.50
7. Topshop skirt by Meadham Kirchhoff – £20
8. Hermione Harbutt Odette feather headdress – £265
9. Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Tutu eau de parfum – £74.50
10. ASOS drop earrings with feathers – £12
11. MAC lipstick in Dubonnet – £13.50
12. Rare Paprika pleated skirt – £25
13. Faster by Mark Fast cropped ballet top – £150
14. Topshop Vestry pink ballet pumps – £18
If subtlety is not your strong point and you want a full-on Swan-Queen-the-part-should-have-gone-to-me-not-Portman moment, then this OTT number by Rare could be for you. The original design by Marchesa was one step ahead of the ‘ballet chic’ game back in 2009, and Lively later pulled it off with prima ballerina aplomb (also seen here). So… the question is: are you confident enough to raise the style barre? (Yep, I went there):

{*Topshop Rare Opulence Corset Ballet Net Dress}

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