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Style at the RWBallet: Nutcracker


Ballet has come a long way since it's beginnings in the courts of the Italian Renaissance. The 1700s primarly saw the classical and theatrical ballet styles of Russia and Denmark while today, we see modern pieces like Q Dance and The Handmaid's Tale. Attendees of the ballet have evolved as well, from bigwigs and Royalty in standard garb of long gloves and top hats to now a plethora of ages and backgrounds who often anticipate the show with tickets in hand.


They’re all wondering the same question: What should I wear to the ballet?


We would like to help by offering a few classic outfit ideas, all available at our favourite local shops, for each production of the season to inspire you for a matinee viewing or an elegant evening out with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. While there is no dress code, of course, there is much fun to be had dressing up for an afternoon or evening at the ballet. Putting on your best can add to the experience of being transported from mundane routines to the allure and glamour of attending the ballet. Keep an eye out for guest bloggers and designers on future Style at the RWBallet posts!


Share with us your Royal Winnipeg Ballet Outfit of the Day to Nutcracker on Instagram by tagging @RWBallet with #RWBOOTD for a chance to win a $50 Gift Card to Silver LotusRooster or Normandy ShopWe will also be looking for our favourite outfits at the shows. (Contest closes December 30, 2013)

For Style at the RWBallet: Nutcracker, we suggest a mix of metallics and festive colours of evergreen and cranberry with classic details! Cozy and warm wool textures and thick knit blends against leather details are also a must for the cold Winnipeg months. All women's looks are available at Silver Lotus in Osborne Village and men's looks are all available at Normandy Shop on Corydon Avenue.


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Men's Matinee

Black denim by Tellason $220, Libertine-Libertine wool coat $309, Cranberry Gitman button-up $165, Archival Messenger $120.

Men's Evening

Baldwin blue sweater with chest pocket $285, Navy and cranberry polka dot Gitman button-up $165, Grey wool pants by Baldwin $240.



Women's Matinee

Black Purse $80, Gold Lucy Paris sweater $75, Black leather skirt $75.

Matinee Accessores

Gold plated rainbow moonstone ring $120, Cream watch $96, Creativity Pyrrha with 30" chain $160.

Women's Evening

Love Black Dress with pleating and scoop back $80.

Evening Accessories

Smoky Quartz ring $105, Gold necklace with pearl details $95.

Evening Clutch

Green clutch $20.



Written and Photographed by Ava Jerao

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