6 Dancers With Stellar Fashion Sense
Dance and fashion are constantly collaborating and believe us when we say, we're here for it. But what deserves to get attention are the dancers that are fashionable in their own right. Fashion, just like dance, is all about having a personal style and being proud of it. The following six dancers, whether they're commercial or classical, have honed in on their style and don't seem to go a day (or at least an Instagram post) without looking good.
1. Galen Hooks
You can tell Galen Hooks is fashionable just based on what she wears in her class videos. She always finds a way to incorporate her personal style throughout her class and rehearsal attire. It's edgy, yet simple. It's comfortable, but still makes a statement.
2. Jenna Johnson
Of all the dancers listed if I had to pick someone's wardrobe to borrow, it would be Jenna Johnson's. Whether she's being styled for photoshoots, making TV appearances, or simply being a tourist on vacation, there's not one outfit that I haven't loved. She has the ability to look cool and girly at the same time.
3. Cara Diaz Certosimo
NYC dancer, Cara Diaz Certosimo, has a unique style that gives off vintage vibes. Though her beautiful features, like her tight curls and long legs, would probably stand out in anything, she knows how to accentuate them. (You can catch her dancing in Elephant Pants and probably shopping at Urban Outfitters quite often.)
4. Robert Roldan
It's clear that Robert Roldan puts thought into his daily outfits. Whether it's a simple t-shirt and ripped jeans or a more sophisticated look like the one above, he seems to always be ready for a photo opportunity. We admire men who put tender, love and care into their wardrobe and Roldan definitely does that.
5. Valentin Chmerkovskiy
The Dancing with the Stars pro credits his dad for influencing his sense of style. While his more casual attire is something to be admired, we have to give Chermovskiy credit for always dressing (up) to impress. It's looks like these that match the confidence he has when he dances.
6. Juliet Doherty
19-year-old Juliet Doherty has two sides to her look. On evenings when she's attending galas, she looks mature in a little black dress, but during the day she wears outfits that match her carefree personality. Think bright colors and florals. It's nothing that seems to take a lot of effort, but that's even more of a reason to adopt her fashion sense.
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