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You may or may not have noticed, but the fashion industry is obsessed with dancewear. Sure, ballerina flats and tulle skirts have always been sort of everywhere, but can you remember another time when there have been this many leotards — er, bodysuits — for sale in stores? How about ballet sweaters?
In this essay, Elisabeth Sherman (a classically trained ballet dancer) smartly dives into why this is the case (and it has little to do with Flashdance).
The leotards and bodysuits wallpapered across Instagram these days may owe some of their popularity to Kim Kardashian, but their appeal stems from the fact that outfits worn in the ballet studio are meant to be revealing. For young, stylish women who prefer a minimalist look, there’s almost nothing that could be more alluring than a simple skin-tight top that makes your style seem effortless.
Here, what to buy to replicate that look — no pointe shoes required.
- Fleur du Mal Velvet Bodysuit ($245)
- Lovers + Friends Ballet Sweater ($188)
- Target Women’s Strappy Bodysuit in Heather Gray ($12.99)
- Margaux Demi Ballet Flat ($125)
- Topshop Giant Tutu Tulle Skirt ($125)
- Eloquii Wrap Front Bodysuit ($52.90)
- KD New York x Free People Legwarmers ($42)
- Diane von Furstenberg Akar Ballet Flat ($248)
- Missguided Pink Tie Front Off Shoulder Sweater ($40)
- Land of Women Mock Neck Bodysuit ($220)
- Joie Bandele Satin Flat ($188)
- Brandy Melville Maya Bodysuit ($24)
- Outdoor Voices Merino Plié Wrap ($85)
- ASOS Scoop Back Body With Long Sleeves ($24.50)