Whether you are a dancer, were a dancer, haven't gotten over Sarah Jessica Parker's tutu ensemble from the opening credits of Sex And The City, or simply appreciate a skillful balance of style and comfort, "ballerina off-duty" is the trend you've been waiting for. There are so many ways to work dance-inspired gear into your everyday wardrobe, even if you aren't looking to go all-out in an obvious way.
Don't let the word "ballerina" scare you off — this is way more conceptual than literal, and definitely more city-smart than girly throwback to your third-grade dance days. Think: wrapped everything, lace-up details, drapey layers, and movement-friendly gear. Even if your style leans towards all-black-everything and minimal, there's a way to add some ballet elements without getting overly frilly. These pieces are all in the details, and working an unexpected off-duty accent into your personal style is surprisingly doable.
So if you are looking to make twirl-worthy skirts and wrap tops your new thing, you're in luck. We've teamed up with Abercrombie & Fitch to show you the easiest ways to add a hint of dancer whimsy to your look, no matter your personal style. These looks will take you from summer to fall — and all of those lyrical moments in between.
1. Pair Blush Tones With Neutrals And Balance Structure With Flounce
Blush tones and structured ruffles are way more sophisticated than the ballet pinks of your youth. This longline drape-y sweater is great for the transition into fall. Wear it as-is now, then pile on the layers once the chill hits.
2. Upgrade Sweats With Street-Smart Details
Cut-off sweatshirts and joggers might sound a little Flashdance, but this boxy cropped tee and military-inspired pants are way more contemporary than '80s dance party.
Raw edges and smart details keep these comfy staples grounded, so you don't literally look like you just left the dance studio. Maybe a really chic dance studio.
Half-buns are optional but highly encouraged.
3. Dress Up Ultra-Soft Basics With An Elegant Drape
Ultra soft, oversized draped tees are perfect for fall. You'll want to wear these at home with leggings, but throw on a pair of boyfriend jeans and booties and you're ready for anything from brunch to cocktail hour.
Hats are always a great choice. Ballerinas are elegantly mysterious, and so are you.
4. Layer A Bodycon Midi With Everything
Featuring: Mock Neck Bodycon Midi Dress, Abercrombie & Fitch, $54; Relaxed Plaid Shirt, Abercrombie & Fitch, $39; Wool Explorer Hat, Abercrombie & Fitch, $34; Dolce Vita Keiton Bootie, Abercrombie & Fitch, $130
This bodycon midi dress has a high neck and leotard-inspired fit, and it layers super easily through the seasons. This is the kind of piece that looks just as effortlessly cool as it feels.
5. Double Up, But Tone It Down
You can double up on dance-inspired wear without looking like you jumped offstage at the ballet. Muted tones and a structured outer layer keep this knit bralette and flowy chiffon skirt grounded.
6. Make Wrap Tops A Staple
Featuring: Wrap Front Slim Crop Top, Abercrombie & Fitch, $15
Keep a cropped wrap top from looking like workout wear with an A-line denim skirt. When fall hits, wear it with your favorite high-waisted jeans for just a hint of off-duty vibes.
Images: Kenny Suleimanagich/ Bustle
This post is sponsored by Abercrombie & Fitch.
Special thanks to Millbrook Vineyards and Winery.