The dance company’s newest principal dancer on looking like a prima stylista on the move
“Style is all about expressing yourself — who you are and how you feel. What cut or color says ‘you’? Pastels are my favorite palette, but I wouldn’t say no to stronger tones.”
Flaunt what you’ve got
“Make sure you’re highlighting the features — from your collarbone to your curves — that make you proud to be you. Confidence is key to making any outfit work. I like waist-cinching items — like high-waist pants — that highlight my lankiness.”
Aim for versatility
“Versatility — and in a way, minimalism — isn’t a limiting way of dressing up. Have a plain, block-colored bottom and get creative with your tops. Go wild with embellished-collar blouses or shirts with crazy prints.”
Stretch it out
“This is a ballet-related tip: elongate your body as much as you can. A slender silhouette — made possible with accessories like nude heels — opens you up to more apparel options. These include classy sheath dresses and longline blazers.”
Keep updated with the Singapore-born dancer’s style on Instagram: @abilynnolive
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Fashion look book: Abi raves about her top three style icons
- On Valeria Lipovetsky, beauty vlogger: “I resonate with her brand of effortless chic — made up of loose and flowing garments — and I feel we’re both into going au naturel as much as we can.”
- On Olivia Cowley, The Royal Ballet soloist: “Every dancer has a signature look, and I like hers. She incorporates street fashion into her studio and out-of-the-studio looks.”
- On Elie Saab, designer: “I haven’t worn any of his designs — yet! — but I adore his aesthetics. His collections exude elegant femininity and the silhouettes of his creations are absolutely gorgeous.”
This article first appeared in the July 2018 issue of Smile magazine.