Cookie banner

This site uses cookies. Select "Block all non-essential cookies" to only allow cookies necessary to display content and enable core site features. Select "Accept all cookies" to also personalize your experience on the site with ads and partner content tailored to your interests, and to allow us to measure the effectiveness of our service.

To learn more, review our Cookie Policy, Privacy Notice and Terms of Use.

or
clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Where to Buy Bodysuits, Ballet Sweaters, and More Dance-Inspired Clothing

There are probably more non-ballerinas wearing leotards right now than actual dancers.

Racked has affiliate partnerships, which do not influence editorial content, though we may earn commissions for products purchased via affiliate links. We also occasionally accept products for research and reviewing purposes. See our ethics policy here.

A model wearing pink legwarmers, sitting on a stool
KD New York x Free People Legwarmers ($42)

Racked is no longer publishing. Thank you to everyone who read our work over the years. The archives will remain available here; for new stories, head over to Vox.com, where our staff is covering consumer culture for The Goods by Vox. You can also see what we’re up to by signing up here.

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.