Remember years ago when “Black Swan” came out and literally everyone became obsessed with ballet-inspired workout routines that would have their bodies looking like Natalie Portman and professional ballerinas? Well, the craze has yet to die down, and fitness fans everywhere are still hitting the barre for sculpted muscles, improved posture and flexibility, and a super-strong core. And whether you’re a hardcore ballet-fit follower or just someone who wants to look like she is, we’ve got a trio of perfectly feminine and functional outfits that will have you looking and feeling like a modern-day ballerina during your next barre class.
Shades of Blush
Pretty pink hues are a hallmark of ballerina style and are even more lovely when combined with soft shades of gray and an artsy print. Try layering a simple tank over a strappy, statement bra to balance all the sweetness with a touch of athleticism. Bold leggings and a supers-oft hooded vest complete the outfit to perfection, while no-slip socks are a cute-but-practical must.
Strap In & Lace Up
Every real-life ballerina loves special leotard detailing, but if you’re not into the whole bodysuit thing, channel a similar style with a strappy tank and intricate sports bra. And don’t just stop at the top: Choose a pair of slimming leggings with ankle-tie detailing, and even ankle-strap flats to finish off the look.
Ruched & Wrapped
Wrap skirts and sweaters are a staple in any ballerina’s closet, and this sporty-chic version lends a modern twist to the classic style, thanks to details like a shawl collar and convenient thumb holes. Letting a mesh bra peek out from underneath adds a little bit of edge, while ruched hot shorts give you plenty of room for movement (and just the right amount of sex appeal).
Inspired to plié, tendu, and chasse your way into ballerina shape? Before your next class, don’t forget to order your favorite pieces from the outfits seen above through our Fitness Edit.