Channel Your Inner Odette or Odile with These 3 Ballet-Inspired Looks

By Laura and Sara Kring

Ballet has been around since the 15th century and it’s challenging to put a modern twist on its extravagant rhinestone-encrusted tulle tutus – and even more difficult to make them street-style appropriate. For our latest installment, we’ve challenged ourselves to create three looks inspired by Swan Lake ballet’s characters, Odette and Odile, that don’t look like you got lost in the costume shop on the way to the show. Read below on how you can re-create these looks full of subtle ballet-inspired touches. And without a trace of tulle in sight!

Odette: The Romantic with Classic Feminine Style

Odette, a once-beautiful princess turned Swan Queen, is on the quest for eternal love in Swan Lake in hopes of reversing her swan spell. This look is perfect for romantics with its feminine details and blush tones, creating an overall look as elegant as Odette. The look centers on a white bodysuit, mimicking the wrap style commonly found in ballet leotards. We added a pleated metallic skirt in a classic knee-length cut, giving movement to the outfit. For shoes, these Steve Madden pumps with lace-up detail are reminiscent of pointe shoes but elicit a modern flair with the neutral suede. The accessories continue to reflect Odette’s classic beauty with their blush color and add a bit of sparkle to the outfit, channeling the crystal beading on Odette’s headpiece and tutu. Lastly, we couldn’t help but finish with this feminine and timeless Kate Spade bag with scalloped detail. Overall, this look would pair well with full, bouncy curls and sweet natural makeup, sure to please any fellow romantic.

Odile: Ballet’s Bad Girl with Dramatic Style

In contrast, Odile, the daughter of an evil sorcerer, deceivingly disguises herself as Odette in order to win the prince’s heart. Tragically, this causes the prince to mistakenly propose to Odile instead of Odette. Audiences love to hate Odile’s dark, commanding personality, which we channeled through this dramatic black lace ensemble. Trade in Odile’s black feathers for this elegant lace dress and bold statement necklace that will help you steal any spotlight. Pair your stunning jeweled necklace with a simple pair of black earrings that won’t upstage your look. Swap out your classic black pea coat and add some drama with this edgy jacket with faux leather detailing. These lace up heels, reminiscent of a ballet dancer’s pointe shoes, will add some ballet inspiration to your ensemble. Want to add some color? This dark plum-colored purse from Kate Spade is a simple, yet striking pop of color. Complete the look with a messy up-do, smoky eye and dark lip, and everyone’s eyes will be on you – in true Odile fashion.

Combo: The Romantic with a Flair for the Dramatic

Let’s face it, most of us have a little bit of both Odette and Odile in us. We may fantasize about the dream romance with a swoon-worthy prince, but also crave the attention that comes from causing drama and mischief. With this look, we’ve meshed Odette’s classic romantic style with Odile’s dark, edgy style to create a dramatic, timeless look with the help of color blocking. We begin the look with a pale ballet pink tunic top that is totally Odette, but pair it with Odile-inspired black leggings with piping detail, giving us the best of both worlds. Blazers channel Odette’s classic style, but using one in a bright white color draws attention to the ensemble – just as Odile would have wanted. Since the look is so modern, we wanted the accessories to also channel a simplistic modern style through the gold geometric jewelry, the color-blocked Kate Spade bag, and trendy black pointy-toe pumps. To complete the look, we recommend a neat top-knot to channel traditional ballerina buns, paired with bold black winged eyeliner for drama.


You have your outfit…you now need to get your tickets to Moscow Festival Ballet’s Swan Lake! The performance will take place one night only at Wharton Center on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, at 7:30 pm. Student tickets are available for just $18. For more details about the performance and to purchase tickets, visit whartoncenter.com or call 1-800-WHARTON.

About the Student Authors:

Laura and Sara Kring are twin sisters and are juniors at Michigan State University, both majoring in marketing with minors in arts & cultural management. Laura and Sara discovered their love of dance at age four and pursued ballet for fourteen years, along with pointe, jazz and lyrical for four years. Both are members of the Wharton Center Student Marketing Organization and work as ushers at Wharton Center. They were also marketing interns with Wharton Center in summer 2015 and, most recently, were marketing and event interns for Live Nation Detroit. Growing up in a small town, Laura and Sara love the world-class arts entertainment Wharton Center brings to campus. They both plan on pursuing careers in marketing in the entertainment industry following graduation.

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