|Enjoy the spotlight, Marisol, and enjoy the Spotlight Outfit.|
One of her more beautiful outfits is the Spotlight Outfit, which is basically a ballet performance set. The outfit originally came with a mesh and stretch leotard, a "lace" and tulle tutu, purple tights, purple iridescent toe shoes with tying ribbons, a stretch choker, and six pairs of stick on earrings. The original cost was $26. My set that came with no tights and earrings cost me a bargain at $16 last December. Costs range on eBay from about $26 to $50, ignoring stupid prices. The few times it shows up, of course--Marisol was one of those first three LE girls that didn't get her and her things hoarded like the new girls do now for resale. Not only is Marisol here to display her own outfits, but she is our resident dancer girl and wears her dance outfits with gusto. So you'll see a lot of her when I do any dance outfit reviews. Any of them. It's her niche.
A few things I'm gonna point out before we jump in:
1: The tights aren't AG authentic. I just happen to have purple tights that work well with her ballet outfit. Not like AG tights have much variation, and there will be authentic tights in later reviews.
2: The tiara is not from her spotlight stand set, cause I don't own it. It's from me spoiling myself and her at AG Seattle and getting her hair done. So the tiara cost me $25, and came with the added bonus of watching Marisol get all prettyified for thirty minutes or so and chattering with the stylist about dolls.
3: Fuck stick on earrings. Even if I had them I wouldn't use them. Marisol will be getting her ears really pierced in a Crafty Crap post. They are graded F and I don't even have them.
|Leotard: The basis of almost all good ballet sets.|
|Neckline: Beaded for super sparkle.|
|Sleeve. And fuzzy trim not caused by camera.|
|The leg holes don't need a fancy.|
|Back dipping low.|
|Lining shows reality.|
A-. The leotard is wonderful except for the fuzzy lace--but that's age--and the low dipping back making it hard to tuck away strings.
|Insert "tutu something" joke here.|
|Wibble wobble tutu fruitu thing.|
|Attempts to catch the waistband's soul on camera were thwarted.|
|Tulle in tangles.|
|Toe Shoes. One of the most authentic sets.|
The toe shoes are boxy purple iridescent toe shoes made of the same fabric as the skirt second layer--iridescent purple satin--and with top stitching and attached plum satin ribbons with front cord bows at the throat of the shoe. The toes are boxy and, if AG could flex their ankles and stand en pointe, they could balance on the ends. Not that ten year old girls are generally good candidates for actually dancing pointe work. The front cords on real toe shoes would be a drawstring to adjust the shoe to a good fit for the dancer's feet. Here they're decorative, and I need to tie them to look better. These would probably be considered demi-pointe shoes, as there is no shank, and would make sense for a ten year old learning the techniques to go en pointe.
|How do you say "the side" in French?|
|Backs, and my lopsided bows.|
|Off the feet.|
|Dem soles, man.|
The shoes are so an A+. I cannot get over how lovely they are and how many little bits are authentic to actual demi-pointe shoes.
|Choker, or the part I always forget.|
|I put on my hook and eye shit.|
The back hooks shut with a silver hook and eye clasp.
|Covers the neck.|
Earrings: We had this discussion before the review, try to keep up. Fuck stick on earrings. Even if I had them I wouldn't use them. F for being stick-ons.
Cost Value: I got a super steal at $16 without tights, since I have tights that are close enough. The original cost was very fair. I wouldn't suggest more than $35-40 for a complete set with choker. Even without earrings. You can do without, or buy some stick on rhinestones at a craft store if you're that desperate for sticky things that get caught in doll hair. $60 is a touch high. More than that is stupid.
Datedness: Ballet doesn't really date itself, seeing as ballet has been around for centuries and centuries. That said this has a very modern feel--I couldn't see all this fluff, shine, and sparkle before the 1940s, and that feels like pushing it. Before then girls didn't really have these kinds of fancy ballet outfits. Well, maybe they did for certain performances. But it still feels rather modern to me. Maybe because of the stretch knit and stiff tulle.
Mix and Match Levels: Not really, no. Everything in it is too fancy for any other ballet sets I have, and won't really blend well. Even if I had the purple tights, they wouldn't go with much. But that doesn't bother me like it should because some outfits should be unique to themselves and I class ballet and dance sets in the "don't have to be swappable" category. So no points lost.
Appropriateness to Character: While I am always irritated that Marisol has nothing in her collection that shows her love of ballet folklorico, she does note that she does ballet in the book and has been for a while. So this outfit is semi-appropriate for her. The early LE girls had very little that matched the book--not until Jess's release did things start to tie together a touch better and items actually have book prominence. This outfit wasn't in the book anywhere. It's appropriate enough, but not cemented well to her specifically.
Final Grade: A-. It has little things that irritate me, but overall I love the outfit and love to put Marisol in it.
1 Long story short, I got stabbed in the back.
2 Judge not where I post.
3 I don't use the word "bling." White people overused it to the point that black folk have given it up.
4 One of those readings? A series called Bad News Ballet, one of the many book series in that wondrous late 80s early 90s rash of "girls doing things" series that came from the BSC hype that passed Bechel tests like it was the new hotness. We as a writing society need to bring back Girl Gangs Doing Shit series.