a more “white swan” than “black swan” guide to winter fashion.

by ray siegel

Between the sudden influx of really good ballet-centric TV, the fact that I've seen Black Swan way too many times, and that I've taken up Ballet again has undoubtedly put me in a ballerina sort of mood even making it my winter wardrobe inspiration—yes, that means leg warmers.

For inspiration, I turned to professional ballerina and founder of Ballet Beautiful, Mary Helen Bowers—her ballet workout classes are where all of us beauty editors all hang out after work. You can join us at one of her live streaming classes, but in the meantime take Bowers' tips on how to start dressing like an off-duty ballerina. When I said that she was a professional I really mean she's the professional—her testimonials not only include myself, but Liv Tyler and Natalie Portman who she trained for her role in Black Swan. It's time to get serious about ballet style—it too is a very disciplined sport. We've got Mary Helen Bowers' ballet-to-real-life picks.

"I'm obsessed with anything pink and silky. Here's a couple picks that work for the office, a dinner date, or just running around in jeans that let you feel ladylike, girly and super ballet!"

My friend Cristina Erlich designs the most beautiful silk blouses for Jeunesse. It's on sale on ShopBop!

Jeunesse Blouse, $71.40

I'm obsessed with this pink print from Rachel Antonoff. This is the perfect dress for an afternoon tea with a friend!

Rachel Antonoff Print Dress, $524.99

With the cold weather coming I'm loving my long-sleeved leotards! Here is one of my favorites that I bought on Amazon—I have it in white and navy but will be buying other colors!

Right now my favorite tights are mesh with a back seam from BodyWrappers. I buy the largest size in black to wear over my leo or under a dress or skirt in fall. They are super long and comfy!

My new dance bag this fall is by the talented Jane Mayle for Club Monaco. There's plenty of room for my leotard and tights, on top of my iPad, metro card and other workday essentials.


I'm debuting a line of dance warmers for Ballet Beautiful later this year, but until then here's a super lux cashmere choice from Ralph Lauren that will work over your leggings or jeans.

I also cannot live without my MacBook—it's my portable workout studio! You can login for one of our live classes from any location or stream my Blast videos for a killer workout on the go!