Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Leaping Leotards: Bodysuits That Make Me Want to Dance

I've extolled the virtues of the onesie before, and I'm still digging it, but lately I've been into a very specific, ballet-inspired style that recalls the dance leotard. They just look so smooth, sleek, and très classique. A bodysuit with a low, scoop neckline goes well with skirts and high-waisted pants, where a tucked-in shirt so often results in unsightly bunching, and it also stays in place under blazers and cardis without adding bulk. Warning: this look is not for the busty.

Australian label Maurie and Eve were nice enough to send over looks from their Fall 2010 collecion (that's Spring for us Northern Hemispherites), and I'm loving this shiny black nylon number with a plunging neckline. 

Cap sleeves are so elegant, and Splendid's stretchy cotton is supremely soft. Splendid Cap-sleeved jersey bodysuit, $60 @ Net-a-porter. Also available in black and white.

Channel a chic, Gallic mime with this striped black and cream style from American Apparel. Printed Cotton Spandex Jersey Double U-Neck Long-Sleeve Bodysuit, $36. Be wary of the high cut of the leg though -- it's best paired with high-waisted bottoms. 

Sigh. If only SJP had worn this sexy 80's-tastic number for the DTV dance competiton in Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, instead of that crop top and bubblegum pink capri pants. But Daddy probably would've punished her with boot camp. Cheap Monday Lock Body Bodysuit, $37 @ Ssense.

By the by, that last selection was just an excuse to watch the final dance-off scene in the aforementioned film. Enjoy.

Photo credit:
1) Maurie and Eve
2) www.net-a-porter.com
3) www.americanapparel.net
4) www.ssense.com