What is “balletcore,” and how do you style it if you decide to embrace the latest luxury fashion trend? Our correspondent Meredith Lepore has answers on what “balletcore” is and she’s sharing her edit of 5 essential wardrobe pieces for outfits – including skirts, tops and shoes – showing how to wear the new luxury fashion trend of spring 2021.
what is this “balletcore” spring 2021 fashion trend everyone is talking about?
it’s been hard to be on-trend lately
Finding an on-trend luxury designer fashion groove in which to relax and adopt as our own has been . . . well, a challenge.
As much as we would love to have an adaptable “uniform” that would save us time and money, the fashion intelligentsia have instead given us what feel like a series of catchy-but-gimmicky trends. They always in “core” and some of them are just a wee bit extra.
The trends in the past few years have for the most part been more perplexing than aesthetically pleasing.[white_box]
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recent designer fashion trends have been vexing
Let’s review, shall we?
There’s been the basic jeans and t-shirt suburban dad aesthetic “normcore.” The nature-inspired “gorpcore,” the fashion term that stands for the acronym “good ol’ raisins and peanuts.” “Cottagecore,” inspired by the internet obsession with country living. “Regencycore,” inspired by the lust for all things Bridgerton. And “Zizmorcore,” a hyper-local homage to favorite museums and eateries that has bloomed in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
And more recently, and arguably the most perplexing luxury fashion trend: dark academia — a gothic, school-inspired look that says, ‘yes, it’s now chic to have a wardrobe inspired by Harry Potter with a touch of “Dead Poet’s Society” even if you haven’t been enrolled in school in over a decade.’
Frankly, it doesn’t seem like the most fitting look for spring to dress like an extra in “Brideshead Revisited.” But that might just be us.
Luckily there are some movements happening in the world of fashion this spring 2021 that are a bit more embraceable.
“balletcore” to the rescue!
That’s where “balletcore” comes in. To be clear, anyone who says they still don’t secretly want to be a ballerina is a liar (every time I watch the 2000 dance musical “Center Stage” I am reminded of this.)
And though I think it would be the greatest party trick of all time to walk on my toes for a straight five minutes (while drinking champagne of course) I really most want to do it for the clothes. The tutus, the leg warmers, the leotards, the hair ribbons, the never-needing-an-excuse to-wear-blush-pink-24/7, and so on.
What’s not to love?
What is “Balletcore?”
And really, why should ballerinas get to have all the fun? As some actresses have shown us (remember Lara Flynn Boyle’s Golden Globes ensemble circa 2000?) you can dress like a ballerina any darn time you want to.
Heck, Carrie Bradshaw worked it into her fashion repertoire regularly. Other great sources of “balletcore” inspiration include “Fame,” “Bunheads,” “Uptown Girls” and, of course, “Black Swan.” Everything Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis wear in that film is great – that is, if you can get past the whole super-creepy zoomorphism angle.[white_box]
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These looks have been all over the runways, specifically in the shows from Dior’s Maria Grazia Chiuri; Simone Rocha; Chanel’s Virginie Viard; and Molly Goddard. Think lots of tulle which we are also seeing pop up on virtual red carpets for this season’s awards shows.
Kathryn Drysdale from Bridgerton wore a peak example of violet tulle perfection by Jenny Packham to this year’s SAG Awards.
Bodysuits have been a fashion staple for years and when you really think about it, at the end of the day they are just leotards with a different name. Of course, ballet flats are also a big part of this, and designers including Simone Rocha and Sam Edelman are definitely stepping up their game a bit with whimsical (and hopefully more durable) takes on the classic shoe.
Because even though Clara managed to slay a rat king with her ballet flat, we’re pretty sure they would not hold up well on an actual city street.
wardrobe essentials to channel the “balletcore” luxury fashion trend this spring 2021
Here are a few more items to round out your “balletcore” look. Then just flip on the Swan Lake score, and you are good to go.
1. Simone Rocha Ballet Flats
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2. Ruffled Tulle Midi Skirt
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3. Tulle Bow-Tie Tiered Maxi Dress
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4. Pink Cashmere Wrap Sweater in Blush
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5. Everlane Longsleeve v-neck body suit
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Balletcore: The luxury Spring fashion trend you’ve been waiting for
That’s everything you need to know about what “balletcore” is, with outfits – including skirts, tops and shoes – showing how to wear the new luxury fashion trend of spring 2021. What do you think, dear reader? Are you in on this?
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Meredith Lepore is a freelance writer, editor, and content strategist. Her work has appeared in Marie Claire Magazine, Women’s Health, InStyle, Architectural Digest, The Observer, and Travel & Leisure. She earned her Masters in journalism from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University. Meredith resides in New York full time, and enjoys reading, jogging, spinning, and playing with her small dog, Otis.