Called to the barre: Get the pointe with Ballerina-inspired fashion

By Alison Tyler
Last updated at 8:39 AM on 21st December 2010

Black Swan: Ballet is back in vogue thanks to the film starring Natalie Portman

Black Swan: Ballet is back in vogue thanks to the film starring Natalie Portman

Most little girls have fantasies of being a ballerina. All those layers of floaty net, that nude and blush colour palette, delicate pumps and hair fastened into a neat bun.

But now ballet is having a bit of a moment — and not just for the under-tens.

In the new year, two ballet films hit our screens — Black Swan with Natalie Portman and Emily Blunt’s The Adjustment Bureau. On the fashion front, Chloe showed a ballet-inspired collection, along with traditional satin pumps at its spring/summer 2011 show.

The bun and ballet skirt have made a comeback.

Tutus have been tweaked and are now highly wearable (yes, really).

Emanuel Ungaro and Marchesa showed adorable champagne-hued, frothy, feather-skirted versions.

On the High Street, you can pick up a ruffled corset dress from Topshop and powder-puff coloured net tutu skirts at ASOS.

Or try ballerina hair. It wasn’t the clothes that caught our eye at

Chanel’s show in Paris this month but the hair — tresses piled in loose, glamorous, Sixties-style buns.


If a full-on bun isn’t your thing, you could opt for that ballet-school staple, an Alice band. So, step to it.

Whatever your age, it’s time to get the pointe.

Ruffled corset dress, 165,
Tutu Skirt, 30,

Ruffled corset dress, 165,, left, Beden Tutu Skirt, 30,



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very nice

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Anyone over the age of 19 and not really slim an toned will look like a prat in this = be warned!

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Two items is hardly a "moment"!

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