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Ballet Fashions Inspired by Black Swan

Black Swan movie starring Natalie Portman

Black Swan movie starring Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis trained for months, logging countless hours at the gym, swimming laps in the pool, and practicing their pirouettes in the studio to portray professional ballerinas in this season’s hottest psychological thriller, Black Swan. Luckily, you don’t need to be able to move like a prima ballerina in order to dress like one. If you are taking cues from the film, there are plenty of ways to get ballet-inspired looks without having to learn how to dance en pointe.

Steve MaddenPour La Victoire

Who doesn’t have a closet full of flats to go with every outfit? Combine the Swan Lake spirit with a little holiday glitter with Kinnetic Glitter Ballet Flats by Steve Madden ($59). Or, add just a little sparkle with the Erna Ballet Flats with Glitter by Pour La Victoire ($170).
 

BCBG Max AzriaFrench Connection

The tutu is a look better left to the professionals, but with a few adjustments, it can be quite wearable. The BCBG Max Azria Silk Rosette Dress ($648) in a soft pale pink closely resembles what you might see on stage, but is definitely meant to be worn on the street. The rosettes give the illusion of a full tutu without the burden of too much fabric. Another option is French Connection‘s Pretty Penelope Dress ($268) – the sparkling v-neckline and spaghetti straps make this dress reminiscent of a dancer’s leotard, while the double layered skirt has enough body and movement to evoke the idea of a tutu.

Accessorize the ballet look with this double-row pearl necklace from Topshop ($28).

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