by Stacy Cox
You may not be entirely familiar with teenagers Rachel Flatt and Mirai Nagasu, however over the next two weeks you will hear a lot about them as they attempt to win gold in ladies figure skating at the Vancouver Winter Olympics. They have big shoes to fill when you think back to Olympic champions like Sarah Hughes, Tara Lipinski, Kristi Yamaguchi and Dorothy Hamill.
But watching figure skating for me is much like watching the red carpet arrivals at award shows, for I am utterly curious about what they will wear. An international audience is tuning in, millions of eyes are upon them, will they follow in Nancy Kerrigan’s and Michelle Kwan’s footsteps and wear designer couture a la Vera Wang or something more traditional with sequins and handkerchiefs (yuck!)?
In the spirit of these talented ice princesses, the fashions below were a challenge I gave myself to see if I could translate the skaters’ fluffy, sparkly couture into modern day styles we would conceivably “sport” out on the town!
Ice Capades: “cool” attire inspired by the Olympians
Rachel Flatt, the US Ladies Champion, is pictured in a cute royal blue dress, and the Amanda Uprichard Plunge V Halter Dress definitely resembles her look. Both the Sass and Bide dress and the Terani Couture sequined party dress capture the “ice princess” feel while the lace chiffon mini skirt is great if you just want a touch of this look and aren’t totally ready to commit. And when I came across the ice skate charm and necklace I had to share it with you, so adorable.
Ice Capades: more looks from the rink
News Flash: Female ice dancing costumes are strikingly relatable to clothes I can wear in real life. The hemlines are longer and the cuts tend to be more flattering if you have curves to accommodate. The L.a.m.b. Valisa Lace Up Pump immediately reminds me of putting on a pair of ice skates, and I love the Rebecca Taylor Tulip Shirt Dress. The red Victoria’s Secret Flirty Dress makes me want to find a partner and do a throw axel – but, I’ll leave that to the experts.