A Night At The Ballet

So here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Degas’s sculpture, “Little 14-Year-Old Dancer.” The outfit itself is pretty self-explanatory – I simply took inspiration from the neutral colors and ballet theme of the sculpture, hence the ballet flats and the skirt (which I think should be called my “ballet skirt” from now on.) However, you may notice that this is not the usual background for my outfit photos. In fact, it is very unusual – it’s the Mariinsky Theater in Saint Petersburg, Russia!!!

That’s right, I just came back from a 2-week trip in Russia, during which time I had the wonderful opportunity to watch a ballet at the prestigious Mariinsky (I originally wanted to go to the Bolshoi in Moscow, but their schedule didn’t quite line up with my travel plan.) I had to admit, this was the reason I picked this sculpture as the inspiration for SIA, because I knew I’d have the chance to take my outfit photos at the theater itself. I’m still kicking myself for not getting a picture of me in my seat, but I was so overwhelmed by the experience that I barely even remembered to take pictures at all (I snatched these quickly during the intermission.) So here are some pictures from my seat instead – our seats were not the best, but they’re the best we can afford (we were in the 3rd box on the 1st tier, and they cost about $70 each). The ones with a better view of the stage are naturally more expensive.

As for the show, we saw La Bayadère, which, while not as well-known as Swan Lake or The Nutcracker, is actually one of the most famous classical ballets in Russia. It’s good that I knew nothing about it beforehand, because that means I could fully enjoy the experience and understand the story from the dances alone – and it’s truly amazing how the ballet manages to tell the story so clearly just with music and dance moves. Of course, this being the Mariinsky, the technique, music, and costumes are all top-notch. And the three leads are perfectly cast too – I’ve seen photos of other productions, and while I have no doubt the other dancers are all experts, their looks are not as well-matched to their characters as the ones I saw (being a filmmaker, I can’t help but notice these things).

(You’re not supposed to take photos during the performance, so all of my photos were during the curtain calls.)

Stay tuned for my travel posts, and don’t forget to come back on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this sculpture!

Tiny Dancers

black tee quilted skirt black flats by 14 shades of grey

Today is the first day that it actually feels like fall around here. Sure, it’s still sunny and warm, but the light seems clearer, there is a tiny hint of crispness in the air, and I don’t sweat buckets just after 15 minutes outside to feed the chickens anymore. It is all the more exciting for me because it means that I could wear this skirt for SIA – OK, OK, so it’s not practical to wear a quilt skirt in 80+ degrees, but it’s so perfect for this week’s painting, “The Star” by Degas, how could I pass it up?

I keep the rest of the outfit as simple as possible to keep with the “ballerina” theme. Plus, with a skirt like this, you have to let it take center stage (terrible pun totally intended), right? Don’t forget to check out Animated Cardigan for more outfits inspired by this painting, and check back here next week for a new inspiration!

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quilted skirt by 14 shades of grey

T-shirt: Uniqlo, Skirt: vintage, Flats: Vagabond

Betty Frost

white sweater circle skirt grey heels by 14 shades of grey

The almost all-white color scheme of the outfit makes me think of Emma Frost, while the full skirt reminds me of Betty Draper (back when she was still Betty Draper, that is.) I also feel like there’s a January Jones reference to be made here… but damned if I can figure out what it would be.

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circle skirt grey heels by 14 shades of grey

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I’m getting more comfortable with the whole “dressing up just to sit in front of the computer” thing. I used to do it all the time back in the US, felt weird about it once I moved home, and now I’m OK with it again. Might as well embrace it while I can, because think about it – to what office can I wear a quilted circle skirt embroidered with tiny dancers in rainbow colors?

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Sweater: H&M (hand-me-down), Skirt: vintage via AgeOldThreads
Pin: Oldish, Tights: Target, Shoes: Madden Girl (thrifted)

P/S: I’m linking this up to the Winter White link-up on Work Clothes, I Suppose. Be sure to check it out for other winter white looks!

Pretty Dancers

Today’s Winter Edition Challenge prompt is to draw inspirations from a certain decade or region, so it’s a no brainer for me to channel the 1950’s with this lovely circle skirt. It’s another rather impulsive purchase from Etsy, but I don’t regret it because it’s so swirly, it’s embroidered with little dancing figures, and pockets! A dress or skirt with pockets is always my weakness.

I was also thinking about adding a scarf for the ABC’s of Style challenge, “K for Knit”, but it was a little warm, so I made do with the cardigan. Hey, it’s knitted, right?

Cardigan: Target
Skirt: vintage, via Age Old Threads
Shoes: Payless
Belt: Wet Seal; Brooch: vintage
Post title: from the lyric of Magical Mistakes by Athlete