WIW 7/18 Always Be Fabulous: Dr. Mommy Princess Ballerina

I'm always up for a good challenge, so since Angie has encouraged us to wear our wonderful wardrobe items, I picked something something really difficult, totally impractical but totally fabulous that I never seem to find the occasion to wear...a white tulle ballerina skirt! I bought this on impulse last year but was going to return it because I didn't think I would really ever wear it. But once DD saw this skirt she loved it and wouldn't let me return it! When she was four, she said that she wanted to be a doctor and a mommy and a princess and a ballerina when she grows up. (Now at age 8 she wants to be an inventor, a detective and a ninja). So I'm helping to role model for her that you can be all those things! I have to admit this outfit is way outside my comfort zone and I kept thinking I was going to chicken out and change into something more practical. But at the last minute I decided to put into practice my motto of "Always Be Fabulous", said WTH and went for it!

I initially wore the denim jacket to try to dress it down. I went to drop off DS1 at a new camp and got the camp tour. It was hot and I didn't really need the denim jacket for work, so I left the denim jacket off and went full on ballerina girl. Shadow persona is nowhere to be found today! I'm doing the super sweet girly girl today with the cotton candy pink cashmere sweater, white tulle ballerina skirt, pink flats, pink bird feather necklace (with pink leather and white tulle feathers) and kissing bird bracelet. Totally ridiculous to be swanning around the hospital in a tulle skirt seeing patients and doing procedures (it's OK, I cover up with mask, gown and shoe covers so I'm fully protected) but everyone loved it and several people called me a princess ballerina. All I needed to complete my look was my tiara, but that's on loan to the national museum so I had to do without. 

Bonus throwback pics of the 4 year old princess ballerina, because she is just too stinkin' cute. Miss those days!

Everlane pink cashmere sweater
Bailey 44 white tulle midi skirt
Halogen Olson studded blush flats
Kate Spade white Hayden
Stella and Dot Birdie necklace
Kate Spade bird bracelet

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  • Adelfa replied 4 years ago

    Very cute outfit! I can just see it making a hit in the hospital. Way to be a role model for an adorable daughter!

  • anne replied 4 years ago

    Very cute. It was less out there than I expected after reading it. (I think I was thinking Carrie Bradshaw!)

  • replied 4 years ago

    Soft and pretty. Your wardrobe has many personalities. :)

  • rachylou replied 4 years ago

    Swan Lake fabulosity! Gorgeous. DD IS totally perfect too in her costumes. And now the moniker 'ninja butterfly' is in my head. Someone needs to write a story...

  • Maneera replied 4 years ago

    You're so so pretty!!! I'd instantly LOVE any doctor who was dressed like that!

    Btw #5 is stinking cute. I wanna just snuggle that baby and smother her with kisses. No kidding.

    And since I can't get my hands on your baby, I'm going to go find my puppy to do just that!!! You look totally Princess Ballerina, btw. So badly wish you were my doc!

  • shevia replied 4 years ago

    You pull this off with a(sugar)plomb! A fantastic outfit and you are terrific role model for DD!

  • Runs With Scissors replied 4 years ago

    Fantastic in every way.  I think the overall effect is quite elegant, nothing silly about it!

  • Tanya replied 4 years ago

    Very pretty, love the soft colors, and your little one is adorable.

  • RobinF replied 4 years ago

    This works great! I have a similar skirt in black that I immediately thought of when reading Angie's post, but I haven't been brave enough to attempt it yet.

  • Helen11 replied 4 years ago

    I love that you can wear this to work! Love the look, including with the denim jacket.  Your DD is just adorable. She'll grow up knowing she can be anything she wants to be!  My DD wanted to be a nurse, chef and parrot trainer.  

  • JAileen replied 4 years ago

    So pretty! Your little ballerina was unbearably cute, too.

  • Ivy replied 4 years ago

    Heart-eyes at this outfit!

  • Xtabay replied 4 years ago

    I'm crushing big-time on your outfit.  And your little ballerina is just too cute for words!  She'll make a fine inventor-detective-ninja.

  • Peri replied 4 years ago

    Beautiful and fun. And I would love to see my doctor come in dressed like that! I would feel so much more comfortable...you look fun and approachable. 

  • Angela K replied 4 years ago

    Beautiful!  I must agree--I would love to see my doctor dressed like that.  It would totally add a bit of cheer to a patients day!

  • Eliza replied 4 years ago

    Wow! That works beautifully. And the bonus pics are great.

  • AviaMariah replied 4 years ago

    I LOVE it with the jean jacket!

  • deb replied 4 years ago

    You need to wear this in the cooler weather with the jean jacket. I just love this look. And DD is so stinkin' cute!

  • UmmLila replied 4 years ago

    Gorgeous! I was imagining you were going to look OTT like Bjork in the swan dress from the way you were describing it.

  • Mochi replied 4 years ago

    Oh, it's beautiful. Really beautiful and soft and feminine and looks like it could definitely be daily wear. 

    You're absolutely right--no self-respecting little girl would ever let her mom return a skirt like that. : ) 

  • replied 4 years ago

    Ohhhh, so fab! I think the midi length really takes the 'too sweet' out of the skirt and makes it perfect for everyday wear. The sweater is a great partner for it. YLF Natalie! And little DD at 4 is so darn cute!!!!

  • Traci replied 4 years ago

    I absolutely LOVE this look on you! Daughters push us out of our comfort zones, don't they? I didn't expect that.

  • Firecracker replied 4 years ago

    This is a beautiful outfit. You've made the tulle skirt look refined with your soft, neat pullover and flat t-strap shoes. And your daughter is just too cute in her tulle and her fairy wings. It's fun to hear about her phases!

  • Nishaa replied 4 years ago

    I have a DD and she'd absolutely love me if I wore something like this. You are giving me a much needed boost to wear girly? Cute feminine outfits to hospital.
    And a big thank you to Adelfa, Maneera, Peri and Angela, for saying you'd love your doctor to wear this. I won't feel less fab when I next wear something like this.

  • Suz replied 4 years ago

    I wish I could hug you. You are a ballerina queen indeed. So sweet, fun, and fabulous. 

  • kkards replied 4 years ago

    i love this skirt! l'd considered buying it, but thought I really couldn't pull it off....but you totally did......Dr Mommy Princess Ballerina...perfection....

  • Nebraskim replied 4 years ago

    HEART HEART HEART. You rock this like a total bad ass. 

  • AJ replied 4 years ago

    Not over the top at all! Very nice!

    I think Angie had a denim, blush, and white ensemble post. This is perfect!

  • Vicki replied 4 years ago

    As gorgeous as it gets, gp, and I WANT your skirt and have been wanting one ever since Jenava spoke of a tulle skirt a couple of years ago.  You look wonderful and I'm glad you took Angie's challenge and with your photos and your DD's, I can see everyone is happy because you did!  Wear it often!

  • tulle replied 4 years ago

    LOVE it.  You look lovely.  Good for you!  And your daughter--SO adorable.  Mine at that age wanted to be "a doctor-ballerina-dolphin trainer."   Now she's an executive in the fashion world. You just never know.

  • Jazzy Dance replied 4 years ago

    Oh, so fab. Especially loving it with the denim jacket. It's unique and fun and fresh and not at all over the top. Five stars!!

  • Kate replied 4 years ago

    Natalie, you always make me smile. You have so much fun with fashion that it makes me want to join in and play too. I would love for my doctor to show up wearing an outfit like that! 

  • AM replied 4 years ago

    Wonderful. And yes, big smiles for me when seeing your post!

  • rabbit replied 4 years ago

    This is a beautiful look, and (maybe just the way I see things) doesn't strike me as too sweet, probably because the silhouette, jewelry, bag and shoes are adult and modern.  It nods to ballerina's yes and is pastel, but in a contemporary way.  Love it!

  • Sara L. replied 4 years ago

    Oh, such a soft and pretty outfit.  I love it!  The shoes are great with the skirt - I think they add a bit of juxtaposition with the studs and the fact that they are flat, not heels. 

  • Karie replied 4 years ago

    I love it! It's a gorgeous skirt, and you look beautiful in it. DD is a cutie!

  • Aquamarine replied 4 years ago

    How fabulous are you! Love this...go you!

  • Barbara Diane replied 4 years ago

    Love it! From the way you were describing it, I was imagining a tutu sticking straight out, not such an elegant ensemble.

  • Sally replied 4 years ago

    Very pretty...I think you pull off the fairy princess look very well. It makes me think I should put a bit more pizzazz in my work outfits ...cheer up others as you must have done

  • Style Fan replied 4 years ago

    I love this.  Your daughter is adorable.  I remember when you bought that skirt.  Your daughter was right.  It is perfect.

  • Sterling replied 4 years ago

    My FAVORITE outfit on you OF ALL TIME. 

  • Ms. Loathsome replied 4 years ago

    You look Da Bomb and totally rocked that outfit. I agree with all the others and would love for my doctor to be dressed like that. Your daughter is adorbs as well!

  • Amy replied 4 years ago

    Love it!

  • Sylvie replied 4 years ago

    Not too out there at all!  I was picturing something fluffier and more costume-y  based on your description.  The skirt is beautifully elegant and your necklace + purse + shoes add the sophistication necessary for an adult.  (Though the 4-year old princess ballerina stage is awfully cute)

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