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Balletcore: the feminine athleisure trend is a Spring/Summer must-have.

What do you get when you mix the comfort-focused athleisure of the pandemic with NYC rich-girl aspirations and a cultural over-romanticization of Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan? As it turns out, you get one of the hottest trends of the season — a comfy, flirty, hyper-feminine moment colloquially called “balletcore.” This trend has twirled into the spotlight over the last few months as a casual, cool-girl response to the world opening up again. Featuring bodysuits, sheer skirts, cozy cardigans, and leg warmers in luxe fabrics like satin and wool, the trend prioritizes quality over quantity; one cute outfit could easily take you from the gym to class to brunch and beyond. And while the trend is still new, it feels like a step in the right direction toward a more basic, timeless style ecosystem rather than an endless cycle of viral micro-trend items. Here, we’ve rounded up some high-quality items that are made with care and built to last (and also just might help you live out your eight-year-old self’s prima ballerina fantasies).

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