"What Are You Wearing? Office Edition" is Alive's online and office-based version of the popular Style section feature.
Columbus Crave editor Shelley Mann’s dress made me double take. The little black number, which she purchased last year at Substance in the Short North, has the most charming feature any former dancer (or wannabe dancer) would appreciate; the skirt is topped with one layer of black tulle. It’s so simple but dramatic, playful but classy. It reminded me of ballet class days--and of all the other fashions inspired by dancers' wardrobes. Following, some ways to incorporate the dancer aesthetic into your wardrobe this summer.
- Do what Substance did and add a subtle layer of the flouncy fabric to a cocktail dress. More inspiration: this lovely Gladra grape dress.
- Take on a tutu. Probably not good for the office, but a tiered tutu is certain to make some heads turn. I love this polka dot one from Etsy.
- Repurpose crinoline as a skirt. Dancers often wear these cloudy undergarments to poof up or even out the bottom halves of their costumes. I frequently see various crinolines at thrift and vintage stores (try Flower Child’s basement). Here’s some inspiration on how to style them.
- Get dancer-worthy buns. Click through to see whether I mean booty buns or hair buns. Intrigue!
- Wear a leotard. American Apparel is packed with different takes on this ballerina staple. They are great to wear with poodle-style skirts, high-waisted shorts or skinny jeans—basically, pair them with any bottoms that require a tight top that doesn’t bunch.