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Ballet-inspired fashion is being spotted across runways and social media | Source: Sex and The City, CNBC

En Pointe: How ‘Balletcore’ is Shaping Up to be a Defining Trend in 2022

Deemed the “latest aesthetic to swipe right on” by Pinterest, ‘balletcore’ is steadily gaining traction, both online and in the world of high fashion.

Drawing on the silhouettes and styles worn by prima ballerinas, the fashion trend coined ‘balletcore’ centres around a Parisienne-inspired, model-off-duty effortlessness.

Ballet flats, ribbon, wrap cardigans and even leg warmers are all encouraged here, because at the heart of balletcore comfort is key, as evidenced by, of all things, the resurgence of Ugg boots.

Uggs aside, the trend offers a more sophisticated and feminine interpretation of athleisure. Defined by a palette of pastels, silks, wool and cashmere, dainty ballet-inspired fashion is quickly becoming a popular alternative to the matching athletic sets and sneakers of athleisure and streetwear. And if you look at the social media stats, Gen Z is backing this emerging trend in all its hyper-feminine glory.

Currently, #balletcore has 4.4 million views on TikTok where sleek buns, wrap skirts, pearls and ribbon are all part of the aesthetic.

In terms of footwear, a reimagined version of the ballet flat has been experiencing a revival. Across social media, influencers have been posing in Maison Margiela’s Tabi slingbacks, while brands like Miu Miu have brought balletcore to the runway with its leg warmer and ballet flat combination. Giambattista Valli has also been leading the trend with its latest Autumn/Winter collection featuring opaque tights, bows, and, of course, plenty of tulles.

Maison Marigela Tabi Ballerina Pumps
Tabi Leather Ballerina Pumps, approx. A$780 | Source: Maison Margiela
Miu Miu Autumn/Winter 2022 look
Miu Miu Autumn/Winter 2022 | Source: Vogue

While ballet-inspired accessories and looks may seem new in 2022, fashion has long been inspired by ballet, particularly high fashion. In fact, Chanel has been supporting and designing pieces for the Paris Opera Ballet company for more than 100 years, while a number of notable designers including Stella McCartney, Riccardo Tisci and Miuccia Prada have also designed costumes for the ballet. Similarly, runways have seen the tulle, lace and tutus of ballet-inspired designers time and time again.

As for balletcore, ever-changing fashion trends spurred on by social media would suggest that ballet-inspired fashion is just that; a trend. But with its comfortable silhouettes and neutral colour palette, balletcore may just have some staying power.

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