Dreaming of Ballet with my Zimmermann Midi Skirt

MimaMochi wearing a Zimmermann Midi Skirt with a Zara bodysuit

MimaMochi wearing a Zimmermann midi skirt with a black Zara bodysuit

MimaMochi wearing a Zimmermann midi skirt with black Zara bodysuit

The outfit and location of this post symbolize a lot for me. The first time I ever remember modeling for a photographer, someone whom I am no longer in contact with, was at this location. I was an awkward 18 year-old that didn’t know her angles or how to pose and I wearing a full ballerina outfit, complete with tutu and all. Now I have shed the tutu for an even more gorgeous ballet-esque Zimmermann midi skirt, gained some years of experience and with that the confidence to feel more comfortable in front of a camera and to make the hard decisions that have allowed me ultimately to grow as a person.

Pointe shoes, silk ribbon, full skirts, soft silk tulle, pastel colours and dresses with lots of movement have always been the threads that have held my fashion dreams together. If in another life I was a ballerina, I unfortunately did not inherit that elegance and grace of movement in this one. However that has never stopped me from being captivated and inspired by romantic and feminine elegance of these graceful creatures.

I can never be exactly sure why I have always gravitated towards the aesthetic of ballet, however I think that it was a dream that was born out of a childhood which was very non-conventional. It was a fantasy that transported my imagination to a world where everything was effortlessly beautiful and this made me forget, even if for a brief moment in time, about how unhappy I was. Not everyone is fortunate enough to be born into a conventional family where they feel safe and loved. However, know that you and you alone always have the power to choose whom you keep around you and the freedom to be treated the way you deserve. This for me is all a distant memory of my past now, as I have long since said gained the strength and courage to say goodbye to the people who have unapologetically caused me so much pain. I will however forever be thankful for the amount of joy movies and books like the “Swan Princess”, “Barbie of Swan Lake”, “The Nutcracker” and “Ballet Shoes” gave me. The magical fantasy of the ballet made life so much better.

The allure of romantic and feminine clothes will probably always speak to me, in very much a similar way to how a flower fascinates a honeybee. This Zimmermann skirt was actually first a dress, and its web of lace; its beautiful full skirt; its batik print and soft pink colours enchanted me. It was a dress for a fashion ballerina. I bought into the dream hook, line and sinker, without first considering how I was going to pull it off, as it was obvious that it was made for someone with model dimensions in mind. The dress sat too low and due to the many lace panels it could not be altered. I still bought it anyway because God how I loved the pink batik print, the full midi skirt and the lace! Oh the lace!

Of course, as with any purchase that doesn’t suit me (do I ever learn?) it remained unworn. After staring at the dress wistfully in my closet for many months, I decided to take it to a tailor so that it could be transformed into a wearable skirt. The slip and the top half of the dress were sold on eBay for a sad pittance and I always wonder what has become of their fate. I like to think they went to a good home and that another fashion ballerina rocks it.

Final note: I don’t usually allude to my past so publicly, and even as I type this piece I am toying with the idea of removing parts of it. It is not easy talking about these experiences, but staying silent means that the bullies get away with their actions. It is a step I need to take to continue on the path of being my authentic self. I hope this inspires you to take a stance too.

 

What Adrianna is wearing

In today’s post Adrianna is wearing a Zimmermann dress that was altered into a skirt, a Zara bodysuit and Bruno Frisoni pumps.

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15 Comments

  1. Rebecca Charlotte
    February 1, 2017 / 07:34

    Absolutely love your style! I hope you do a post on your make up & the products you use. Your eye make up is perfection! ?

    • MimaMochi
      Author
      February 2, 2017 / 23:58

      Thanks for the feedback Rebecca. What a great suggestion for a future blog post. Honestly I think that time and good brushes are the most essential things for getting eye make-up right but I will definitely do a post on it in the future 🙂

  2. Whitney
    February 1, 2017 / 12:57

    Hey lovely thanks for sharing this post. I can feel your emotions as I read through this and I remember our conversation about your past. Don't let the past dictate who you are in the present and the future. You're a beautiful soul so never stop believing that you're unique and amazing. Much love xx

    • MimaMochi
      Author
      February 3, 2017 / 00:12

      Thanks gorgeous for taking the time to read what I've share. It is so lovely having connected with amazing people like yourself through social media. Sending you my love back xxx

  3. Asif
    February 1, 2017 / 23:18

    Congrats gorgeous girl, your website is fabulous. Even Lady Mochi agrees and you know how fussy she can be!
    Don't regret the past, learn from it and move on… upwards and onwards
    Now strike a pose!

    • MimaMochi
      Author
      February 2, 2017 / 23:55

      Many thanks Asif for your kind compliments 🙂 You are absolutely right, it was a tough challenge and learning experience which will hopefully put me in good stead for bigger and better things. Mochi is the "Queen of Strike a Pose"!

  4. February 7, 2017 / 10:08

    Such a beautiful post with so much emotion. I think you look lovely and graceful in these photos! The pairing of the sleek body suit and the fanciful skirt are sensational.
    http://www.the-redhand.com

    • MimaMochi
      Author
      February 11, 2017 / 03:47

      Thanks so much for the lovely words 🙂

  5. miri
    February 8, 2017 / 18:32

    Adrianna, first, I LOVE your website. Congratulations to you and your husband! It is beautiful.
    Second, thank you for sharing such beautiful and touching article. I am happy you don't have negative people in your life anymore.

    I will keep coming back for more! Keep that good work, sweetie.
    X
    Miri

    http://currentlywearing.com

    • MimaMochi
      Author
      February 11, 2017 / 03:59

      Thanks for your support sweet Miri. Going through a lot only makes you a stronger person in the end, so I wouldn't change my experiences for the world.

      Adrianna xx

  6. July 3, 2017 / 21:46

    Love everything about this & you! Such a blessing to know a genuine soul. Keep it up I love reading & looking at your amazing style 😘
    I could never do Ballet, my mum couldn’t afford both my loves of ponies & ballet so it was a pony. Now my dream is to actually go and see a show.

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