The Art of a Great Outfit One writer's trip to the BMA inspires her spring wardrobe.


As John Galliano once said, “the joy of dressing is an art.” Fashion creates art; art creates fashion. The cycle never ceases. So, when seeking something local to inspire spring wardrobes, there’s no place better to begin than the Baltimore Museum of Art.

Perhaps the BMA’s most famous asset is its collection of works by celebrated French artist Henri Matisse. Matisse was known for his deep love of color:  “Colors have a beauty of their own,” he said, “which must be preserved as one strives to preserve pure tones in music.”

Keeping Matisse’s words in mind, one particular BMA painting pops out: Ballet Dancer Seated on a Stool. The piece depicts a young dancer, dressed in bright pink tights, a white tutu and pale green blouse, gazing serenely into the distance. The young lady’s delicate-yet-bold ensemble embodies a perfectly romantic spring look. Of course, we can’t be expected to don full-on tutus and pointe shoes. Instead, why not re-imagine a (more) practical outfit fit for 2017?

  1. Carrie-fied. We can definitely see Carrie Bradshaw twirling through the streets in this dreamy tulle skirt. $32,
  2. Green with envy. With its lace overlay and sheer trimming, this Topshop bodysuit will add interest to any wardrobe. $29,
  3. Pink swan. These 2.5 inch lace-up, ballet-inspired heels are both sophisticated and fun. $75,
  4. Forever pearls. A simple twist can transform these classic pearls from a long, flapper-style stand to a polished, multi-layered pearl choker. $200,
  5. Tech-savvy. This elegant, rose-gold clutch makes all other handbags looks obsolete. Complete with a rechargeable battery, the bag allows you to charge your phone on the go, while still looking polished. $68,


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