Skip to main content
  1. AXS Entertainment
  2. Arts & Entertainment
  3. Performing Arts

Style Tricks to Steal from Dancers

See also

Five Style Tricks to Steal from Dancers
From Oscar de la Renta’s corps de ballet-referencing party dresses at the start of the millennium—think Sarah Jessica Parker circa Sex and the City— to Rodarte’s more disheveled renditions a few years ago, the appeal of dance and dance costumes finds its way from the studio to the street or the store. Here are five trends and pieces you can swipe out of a dancer’s closet (without looking like a five-year-old).

Layers. Even if you won’t be peeling off warm-ups at a barre, layers look effortless and are great for chilly days. Try a long-sleeved tee over a tank, or a zip-up vest over a tee. Look for soft pieces that drape with your body to avoid bulk.

Legwarmers. Laughs at the expense of 80’s workout wear aside, legwarmers are a fun and functional way to accent your look. If you are taking a yoga or Pilates class (and if your teacher is OK with it), they are a great way to keep your ankles warm, even if you’re barefoot. Try a colorful pair to brighten up basic grey or black leggings or make your favorite yoga capris work year-round.

Loose tanks. You might be familiar with this style from dance shows on TV. Try a flowing halter or racerback tank over a more fitted one, or over a bra. Try coordinating or contrasting colors. This is a great comfortable alternative to a basic tank in the summer or in dance fitness classes like Zumba.

Wraps. While the short chiffon skirt many ballet dancers put over a leotard likely won’t fly outside the studio (unless you ‘re Lady Gaga), the short wrap sweater can go from studio to street. Try it over a dress to help combat chilly office AC. Throw one on over a top and pants for a more relaxed alternative to a jacket.

Poofy skirts. Leave that platter tutu in the costume room, please. But, the idea of a fitted top and a full skirt with some body isn’t reserved for Nutcracker season. Just look for one that is tailored enough not to “drown” your lower half and is a good length for you.

These are just a few thoughts on stealing dancers’ style. What are yours? If you are a dancer, do you ever wear warm-ups outside the studio?


Today's top buzz...

  • Ted Nugent
    Ted Nugent concert at Native American casino canceled because of obvious reasons
    Music Buzz
  • NFL
    Pat Bowlen steps down as Broncos owner following Alzheimer's diagnosis
    NFL Buzz
  • Tina Fey
    See why Tina Fey is possibly the most popular woman in comedy at the moment
    Today's Buzz
  • Mick Jagger
    Mick Jagger promotes 'Get On Up' in New York, including Apollo Theater premiere
    20 Photos
  • Boyhood
    The new film 'Boyhood' chronicles twelve years of one boy's life
    19 Photos
  • Buffy
    We're counting down ten of the finest episodes of ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’
    7 Photos

Related Videos:

  • Christopher Palacio Dance Project
    <iframe width="420" height="315" src="//;VQ=HD720&amp;allowfullscreen=true&amp;autoplay=1"></iframe>
  • SIDF fundraises and Velocity adds Linda Bowers
    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//;VQ=HD720&amp;allowfullscreen=true&amp;autoplay=1"></iframe>
  • The summer's getting intense with Dance Intensives and Initiatives
    <div class="video-info" data-id="170903173" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url=""></div>