Principal dancer Sonia Rodriguez shows off sweet pastels

By: Julia McEwen

Author: Canadian Living


Principal dancer Sonia Rodriguez shows off sweet pastels

By: Julia McEwen
A principal dancer at The National Ballet of Canada and mother of two, Sonia Rodriguez flaunts her stage-worthy style with pastel pieces and feminine flourishes. "I have a classic style. For everyday, I like flow-y, comfortable clothing that I can move in," says Rodriguez. With that in mind, we hand-picked clothing that can take her from pirouettes to parties.

An image of Sonia Rodriguez in sportswear leggings.
Beyond Yoga tank top, $95, and Adidas by Stella McCartney leggings, $120, Pointe shoes, Sonia's own. 

Let's get physical 
Sportswear's current influence on the fashion industry is undeniable; this relationship is also impacting how athletic garments are designed. Performance-driven clothes have never looked so fashion-forward, while still functioning at optimal levels. 

An image of Sonia Rodriguez and her two sons.
On Sonia: Shirtdress, $425, Earrings and necklace, Valentino shoes, On Gabriel (left): Shirt, $33, and shorts, $30, Bow tie and shoes, On Dillon: Shirt and shorts, $30 each, Bow tie and shoes,

Details, details

A white shirtdress epitomizes timeless style, especially with all the elegant extras: a '50s cinched waist, sculpted pleated ruffles and two sharply dressed gentleman flanking it to offset femininity. Whether softly feminine, like this one, or clean and contemporary, a shirtdress is right in every woman's wardrobe.

An image of Sonia Rodriguez wearing a sheer blouse.
Blouse, $149, Silk skirt, $99, Earrings, Rings, Sonia's own. 

Sheer genius 

Transparent fabrics don't automatically translate into unwantedly sexy. When sheer elements are artfully—and strategically—placed, they can look airy, delicate and romantic. 

An image of Sonia Rodriguez wearing a pleated skirt.
Blouse, $195, Skirt, $229, Necklace, Cuff, Michael Kors Collection shoes,

Pretty pleats 

Flattering, feminine and effortlessly chic, a demure accordion-pleated skirt is sure to mesmerize as it swishes down the street. Bonus: it easily transitions from day to night.

An image of Sonia Rodriguez wearing a pastel shirt.
Blouse, $60, Pants, $225, Earrings, Bracelet, Bag,

Pastel perfect 

Quiet colours don't always speak softly. Tones of white and shades of pastel lend a lightness and a delicacy to structured silhouettes. 

Note: This story was shot on location at the Thompson Toronto Hotel.

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This article originally appeared in the August 2015 issue of Canadian Living magazine. 

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Principal dancer Sonia Rodriguez shows off sweet pastels