At one point or another, nearly every little girl wants to be a ballerina, and while most tend to pursue other dreams, the desire to look just as feminine and graceful as those delicate dancers never really fades. The five-year-old inside of me twirled pirouettes of joy when I spotted Fashionista Andrea Buhler’s ballerina-inspired ensemble. Andrea’s look is a far cry from the get-ups worn onstage at Lincoln Center, but her rose pink blouse, deep grey high-waisted skirt and black blazer, tights and boots convey a simple, classic chic-ness one can only find at the ballet. Intricate details — like the ruffled silk front of her top and the pronounced zipper on her boots —keep things interesting, adding a bit of texture, dimension and personality. The color palette is muted and the style is quite uninvolved, but the overall look is perfectly pretty and forever in-fashion.
Name: Andrea Buhler
Major: Psychology and Economics
CollegeFashionista: How has college influenced your style?
Andrea Buhler: Living in Miami, I never had to buy winter clothes — ever! I would wear a sundress or shorts and sandals everyday. Since I've been at Barnard, however, I've definitely embraced outerwear — blazers and trench coats are my favorites! And, I'm wearing a lot more black than I used to.
CF: Who/What serves as your fashion inspiration?
AB: What I wear depends on my mood and the event or activities of the day. I try to be practical, but find enjoyment in mixing and matching clothing and accessories I have owned for years to create entirely new ensembles.
CF: What have been some of your favorite trends these past few seasons?
AB: Maxi dresses, lace and sheer clothing. I prefer spring and summer collections over fall, so I'm excited to see what 2012 has to offer!
CF: Where are some of your favorite places to shop in the city?
AB: I like wandering around SoHo and walking into shops that pique my interest. Some of my favorites probably include Topshop, Zara, Anthropologie, J.Crew and H&M.
How To: The grace and beauty of ballet will never cease to serve as a source of inspiration for designers. From couture gowns to ready-to-wear basics, hints of the age-old dance take shape in virtually every form of fashion. Classic ballet flats are an essential to every Fashionista’s wardrobe, and as Andrea’s outfit demonstrates, the combination of soft pink and faded black proves timeless, effortless and clean. Just remember to leave all the frilly tutus and lace-up pointes for the professionals.