After spending basically my entire childhood (really, 15 years...) as a ballet dancer, I have always been drawn to dresses that remind me of that world. They tend to be feminine with very bare tops, cinched waists, and pleated or flowing skirts. And they are almost always in floaty chiffon. Of course, no one really wants to look as if they are on their way to dance rehearsal, so some twists need to be made.
From the made-super-famous-by-Kate-Middleton REISS, we get the Myla dress. Available in rich fuchsia, gorgeous teal/emerald, and ultra-flattering black, this is the ultimate "ballerina" dress, but only in inspiration...it is actually completely wearable and modern. It's skinny little straps and blousen top with a pinched-in waist show off toned arms, while it's full but above-the-knee skirt make it work with bare legs or black opaque tights. Its simplicity is gorgeous on its own, but also lends itself to so many styling options. As a perfect holiday party dress, you could go glam with gold platforms and substantial vintage jewels. You could go funky with leopard-print heels, a skinny black belt, and a huge statement necklace. Or you could make it daytime-appropriate with the aforementioned tights, knee-high leather boots, a wide belt and a leather-and-fur jacket. No matter what, it will make you feel like a willowy dancer, which is always a nice thing to feel like.