OOTD: Ballerina-Inspired

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In two days, it will be officially summer!

Last month, I decided it was time to add some colour to my mostly black mourning wardrobe. I’ve been wanting to have a ballerina-esque outfit and took my inspiration from the H&M SS2011 collection:


I’d been checking new styles from Jacob Boutique and H&M and was delighted when I spotted the skirt from H&M and the ballet wrap cardigan from Jacob.

Camisole: RW & Co 2012/2013 | Ballet wrap: Jacob 2014 | Skirt: H&M 2014 | Shoes: Bloch 2013 | Hat: Saucy Milliner silhouette

The Jacob ballet wrap cardigan was C$59.90 but was on sale for C$34.99. I was going to buy my ballet wrap cardigan from a dance store but after calculating the cost of shipping, I decided that Jacob’s would be cheaper. The best part is, I can wear the ballet wrap to ballet class! It’s pretty light so it’s just right for spring/autumn (even cooler summer days).

The H&M light pink calf-length skirt was C$39.95 but because it was Metro Day, I received a 20% discount and got it for $35.80, taxes included. The skirt flutters gracefully whenever I twirl or move and thankfully, I haven’t had any Marilyn Monroe moment. There is a tulle underskirt under the layers of airy Polyester fabric, but I always wear an underskirt or two just in case the sun exposes what’s underneath.

In the photos, I matched the ballerina outfit with Bloch Fonteyn shimmery beige ballerina shoes (they were on sale for C$69 at Town Shoes last year) but recently, I’ve worn the outfit with Vince Camuto‘s pale pink shoes for the cushioned soles.

Since it was a very sunny day when the photos were taken, I wanted to wear a wide-brimmed hat. I picked the wide-brimmed black hat, blocked on a Saucy Milliner ‘Cinema’ hat block. I had originally made the hat for my Mum, who wanted a Breakfast at Tiffany’s black lampshade hat. Unfortunately, the brim wasn’t a lampshade nor would the fur felt hat bend to create one. Furthermore, it didn’t suit her face shape so I ended up keeping it. I haven’t properly trimmed it yet but I have a light cream ribbon tied to the crown of the hat. I really like black and light pink combinations so I was pretty happy with the way it turned out.

Imagine my surprise and delight when I saw the Duchess of Cambridge wearing a similar pink outfit by Alexander McQueen during the Royal Australia tour after I’d bought my outfits!

What do you think? (Please be honest and it’s alright if you’re not a fan of it.)