Four Fashion Ensembles Inspired by Different Dance Styles

Poet and playwright Oscar Wilde once said that “life imitates art far more than art imitates life.” The meaning of this profound statement is that we as humans don’t appreciate the beauty of things until they are highlighted by an artist. This observation couldn’t be more relevant to the world of fashion. Artistic designers create something that the rest of the world observes and adapts.

Dance has long been a form of inspiration for fashion trends and continues to be a beautiful marrying of music, fashion, and physical and emotional expression through movement. Here are four different styles of dance you can take fashion inspiration from, to create your own expressive style.


Hip-hop is a collection of iconic movements grouped under one title that binds them together. Generally speaking, the music is upbeat with a strong rhythm and features styles like krumping, popping, locking, breakdancing, and more. Hip-hop as a recognized style of dance dates back to the late 1960s but adopts movements from far before that time.

In terms of fashion, hip-hop style is meant to be low-key and allow for lots of movement. The style is versatile, allowing wearers to add their unique flair. Harem pants, which are jogging pants that are loose around the top and tight near the ankles, are a staple for modern hip-hop dancers (you can get your own pair Wide-brimmed hats, loose shirts and hoodies, and cropped tops are also must-haves for this genre.


Fashionable ballerinas date back to the days of the Renaissance in Europe, during a time when ball gowns, masks, and wigs were expected attire for any prolific event. Elegant, gauzy fabric, form-fitting bodices, and luxurious silks were key components to these dance costumes at the time. While the style evolved, the traditional elements are still strongly featured today.

To channel your inner prima ballerina, wear ballet flats, leggings, athletic tank tops or corset-style tops, tulle skirts, and gauzy cardigans and shawls. For the cherry on top, add a stylish sock bun to pull the look together.


Contemporary is a more modern take on many classical dance styles and has become the most popular forms of dance among professionals. With elements of ballet, modern dance, and infusions from other cultures around the world, contemporary dance is powerful and moving for both participants on stage and in the audience.

Like ballet, form-fitting and gauzy fabrics are prevalent. However, the trick to rocking the contemporary look is making it unique and eye-catching. Asymmetrical cuts, high-low skirts, keyholes and cutouts, and layers create a multifaceted, ever-changing ensemble.


Flamenco is a genre of dance originating in ancient Spain, when the Roma people migrated, bringing with them an array of instruments. The mix of the Roma instruments and artistic culture of the Spaniards resulted in what we now know as Flamenco. This type of dance is also prevalent in modern Latin America, as a result of further migration to the Western hemisphere.

To capture the essence of Flamenco in your wardrobe, look for dresses with vintage cuts; bodycon, curve-accentuating, and boldly colored. Ruffles are a must on skirt hems and maxi dresses, while puffy sleeves also add a nice touch. Pull the look together with a pair of closed-toed heels with an ankle strap. You wouldn’t want your shoes flying off while you dance, would you?

Dance Through Life

By adding various elements of the arts into your wardrobe, you pay tribute to those who introduced these forms of artistic expression to the world. While finding the perfect pair of shoes certainly wasn’t what Oscar Wilde was thinking when he wrote his essay, “The Decay of Lying” the gesture can’t hurt.Read more at:formal wear sydney | cheap formal dresses australia

SF’s fashion crowd speaks out on whether fur is friend or faux

In a city where puffer jackets and hoodies are the fog-fighting outerwear of choice, fur has suddenly become the talk of the town.

San Francisco became the largest city in the country to ban the sale of new fur, following West Hollywood in 2011 and Berkeley in 2017, when the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously in support of a measure on March 20. It would go into effect in January 2019.

The reaction from the city’s social and fashion crowd has been mixed.

“I am thrilled that San Francisco is joining the fur-free movement and taking such a progressive stance,” said Vanessa Getty, a longtime animal-rights advocate who founded San Francisco Bay Humane Friends, and is a member of the Peninsula Humane Society and a board member of Orangutan Foundation International.

“San Francisco is setting a tone of compassion that reflects the strong social conscience of our city,” she said.

Others were less pleased.

“It’s a storm in a teacup,” said former fashion model and Harper’s Bazaar contributor Tatiana Sorokko. “With so many real issues to focus on like homelessness, sanitation issues on the streets, the drop in tourism — instead they focus on this?”

The ban was authored by Supervisor Katy Tang and does not affect the sale of previously owned fur or leather products. It will take effect next year, but merchants will have an additional year to sell off their fur inventory. The ban defines fur products as any article of clothing or accessory, including fur key chains, “made in whole or in part of fur.”

Some women who choose to wear fur in the city were not surprised by the ban’s passage.

“I knew it was coming,” said fashion blogger Sobia Shaikh of San Francisco. She no longer plans to wear her real fur pieces in the city.

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“Do I own fur? Yes. Do I support the ban? To a degree. I won’t lie and call my real fur eco (faux) fur. I’m not giving it up entirely, but I’ll be more conscious.”

San Francisco has had a mixed relationship with fur in fashion. Fur historically has been a status symbol and staple of affluent women’s wardrobes in the United States. But animal-rights activism in the 1970s and ’80s led to it being less desirable by depicting the plight of animals in fur farms in graphic public campaigns and protests.

Meanwhile, the image of blood-red paint being thrown on fur coats is a cultural touchstone of radical anti-fur activism. For many who lived in San Francisco in the 1990s, memories of protests against Union Square stores that sold fur by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) remain vivid. Whether it’s due to eco consciousness or tepid weather, many agree that fur is worn less frequently in the Bay Area than in cold-weather fashion capitals like New York and Paris.

Nevertheless, attendees at boutique events and gala celebrations regularly wear fur coats and wraps when the temperature dips, or just when they decide the occasion calls for it.

Designer department stores Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus, which have dedicated fur salons, did not respond to The Chronicle’s request for comment. But it’s not just luxury department stores that are targeted: Boutiques, specialty shops and discount retailers ranging from high-end Wilkes Bashford and Barneys New York to Macy’s will also be affected by the ban.

Nordstrom said it will “need to review the final language in the ordinance to understand the impacts it may have on our business moving forward.”

San Francisco social figure and fashion blogger Sonya Molodetskaya, who estimates she owns “probably 20 fur pieces, mostly coats and jackets,” does not support the ban.

“I honestly think 11 people cannot make a decision like that,” she said of the Board of Supervisors. “Those people I guarantee never had fur in their lives. I’ve been wearing real fur since I was 2 months old in Russia. We wore it to survive! My mother put me in a rabbit blanket as a baby, but I ended up in sable.”

Molodetskaya doesn’t use high-end fur like mink or sable in her fashion line, Major Obsessions, opting for less expensive Mongolian lamb fur and feathers. She believes the decision to sell fur should be up to businesses, not the city. “It would be a great idea to open up a fur shop outside the city to sell to the women in San Francisco,” she joked.

“I’ll still buy fur in other cities. It’ll be interesting to see how much fur the Palo Alto Neiman Marcus will now carry.”

Camille Bently, the executive director of the Bently Foundation, said that even before she knew about the potential ban she was “disheartened by the amount of fur we were seeing at the social events in San Francisco. … I would cringe every time I got an invite to a fur salon.”

Bently said that the foundation, whose funding emphasis includes environmental and animal welfare giving, is proud to support projects in a city that views the banning of new fur as a priority and believes that it will also open the door to innovation and creativity in the faux fur market.

Getty pointed out that it’s not just San Francisco where the tide is turning against new fur.

“Major fashion houses such as Gucci, Versace, Michael Kors and Furla are no longer using fur in their designs,” she said. “There are so many incredible faux fur options these days.”

San Francisco retailer Chris Ospital of the Modern Appealing Clothing (MAC) boutiques said that she and her brother Ben have never sold real fur in their 37 years in business. Fake furs, with their bright colors and interesting textures, are more interesting.

“As people who have pets, it’s hard to see an animal used that way,” Ospital said. “I think there’s no contest. I feel prettier in a fake fur.”Read more at:formal dresses online | formal dresses brisbane