March 31, 2006

SS06 Fashion Trend: Haute Ballerina

A few days ago when I was shopping in Marc by Marc Jacobs, I noticed at the outfit on one of the Marc salesgirls: she was wearing a shirt dress (as shown in picture above) and had two shirts layered underneath. Also, she had on black glittery eye shadow and mascara, which made her look more 'cool' than 'girly'. I LOVED this look, which I like to call the Haute Ballerina look.

Taking inspiration from the Marc SS06 runway, the first thing you must have are the layering shirts. Buy these cheap from high street stores and make sure you buy both long-sleeves and mid-sleeves ones.
The ones shown in the picture above is from Urban Outfitters. I have also seen a lot at H&M, (even the colors looked suspiciously like the pastel yellow, blue and pink that Gemma is wearing in the picture.)

Next buy some tights -available in footless and down-to-the-feet versions. Unless you have extra skinny legs, don't buy horizontally-striped tights. The ones shown in the pictures are from Urban Outfitters, just so you don't have to splurge on Marc tights.

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If you like the look on the left, then buy this Marc jersey dress (or go find similar ones.)

These two Marc runway looks are a bit more girly and summery than the first two, (maybe it's just the color.) Anyways, tying a sash around the waist is a great way to accessorise and makes the two layers seem more cohesive.
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To recreate the look on the right, buy camisoles that bunch up at the chest area, like this one from Urban Outfitters.

And if all the dresses and ruffles are too girly for you, recreate this haute ballerina look with the oh-so-trendy skinny jeans -that's probably where this whole tights trend spinned out anyways! Don't just wear a camisole with jeans though, you must wear layering Tees with them.

25 Comments:

Anonymous primrose said...

sounds interesting..can't wait to try it out with items I already have in my wardrobe.

3/31/2006 3:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! Great ideas! I can't wait to go shopping :)

3/31/2006 6:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like the touches of black. And it's interesting to see that fleece, jersey, sweatshirty looks are back or still going strong. I thought those were going to be so over. I like layers but doesn't it take a lot of thought to make it look like you just threw it all on??? Which is why I attempt it but end up gravitating toward minimalism....

3/31/2006 7:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I never thought I'd be wanting a pair of skinny jeans, after all these years of avoiding them! But I'm looking for some. I don't know if they've hit the everygirl outlets yet, e.g., Gap, Old Navy....

3/31/2006 7:36 AM  
Anonymous EMMA W said...

Im am IN LOVE with the combo Gemma's wearing!

HAUTE BALLERINA is what you're calling it? Im SO promoting this look!

3/31/2006 10:43 AM  
Blogger fashionasian said...

OMG! i bought that MJ shirt dress a few weeks ago, but was wondering if I should have returned it... haha! I'm so keeping it now. :)

3/31/2006 11:04 AM  
Blogger aMeLia said...

hurmm..i was wondering who's the model next to gemma ward? shes so pretty

3/31/2006 8:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have the shirtdress too! I was wondering: how was the salesgirl layering underneath? long sleave t-shirts? camis with the buttons down? Also, the leggings worn by the models are so great-love the blue!

4/01/2006 1:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those jeans at the end are gorgeous! Where are they from? *Crosses fingers* for somewhere in England.

4/01/2006 2:45 AM  
Blogger Anna Noname said...

Oh, i want that shirtdress ;) I have one alreay, from H&M Divided, but i'm not sure i like it so much... hmmm maybe i should try layering....:)

4/01/2006 4:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i saw that same marc sales girl last week! cept she was wearing her shirt dress with bright yellow open toed marc pumps. cute!

4/01/2006 6:28 AM  
Blogger Harrods Girl said...

Anonymous: Those jeans are by Chip & Pepper.

4/01/2006 9:53 AM  
Anonymous Agathe said...

Great post! I love that look and I got really inspired now. Too bad I have to wait a couple of weeks for more money. :/

4/01/2006 3:57 PM  
Anonymous Aish said...

I am SOOO glad you did this post because I loooove wearing dresses and need a new way to work them for winter (I live in NZ) and I love the layerage with the grandpa shirt styles. Awesome job. :D

4/02/2006 9:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Before this topic goes off the first page, I must say that I think the hats are a bit odd, especially that first helmet-like one....

4/05/2006 11:58 AM  
Anonymous http://www.pinksweetstrawberry.blogspot.com/ said...

I love yout blog <3
And the blue dress was wonderful!! Snd the tights too, but I can't buy them.. I should have read this before I was in London :(
And the sweaters was sweet, and everything was pretty! :D

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