Balletcore: A Controversial Aesthetic
Aesthetics are all the rage. Cottagecore, soft-girl, royalcore, light academia, even balletcore, and there are so many more. The most concerning one recently is balletcore. Adult women are now wearing clothes reminiscent of the outfits typically worn by young girls who do ballet, including ballet flats, leg warmers, bodysuits, leggings and tutus. They slick back their hair into ballerina buns and go about their days as normal.
Yet, many have seen this aesthetic as uncomfortable and wrong. People have claimed that adult women are sexualizing childrens’ clothes and should stop dressing like young dancers. Unfortunately, there isn’t much talk about this perspective of the trend and seems to be disregarded while people focus on other issues the trend promotes, or wholeheartedly ignored by those that enjoy the aesthetic.
People are also concerned that the trend seems to further perpetuate the issues that come with ballet, such as eating disorders and racism. Balletcore is not about being a ballerina but looking like one. Specifically focusing on really thin, underweight body frames that could promote disordered eating and other issues with young girls’ mental health. The history of ballet is riddled with racism and the current trend is seen as emphasizing thinness and whiteness, alike, in fashion.
However, there are many that don’t find issues with the craze. They see it as a natural progression in trends and see fashion as something that draws inspiration from many different avenues, in this case, ballet. Many people find the pale pink colors, hyperfemininity and soft-athleisure look delightful and something they are willing to experiment with. People who are in favor of the trend, specifically those that don’t typically fit the ballerina mold, are dressing like this to challenge the way ballerinas are seen. Women and men of all shapes, sizes and backgrounds are dressing with this hyper feminine aesthetic as a way to subvert traditional ideas about ballet and be more inclusive. They want to show that clothes have no gender and aren’t just for those who are thin and white.
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