First State Ballet Theatre Fashionista Rie Aoki Never Wears the Same Outfit Twice

February 13, 2019

First State Ballet Theatre company dancer Rie Aoki was documenting her fashion choices long before Instagram was around. “When I was 8, I used to dress up my little sister and take pictures of her outfits because I loved styling,” she says. Aoki grew up in Japan, and started her own fashion blog in high school before coming to the U.S. to pursue a ballet career. After joining FSBT in 2013, Aoki’s pictures of her outfits on Instagram (@rievictoriaaoki) took off. Now with a following of over 10 thousand, Aoki has also started a new style blog.

“I love warmer colors like reds, yellows, oranges and browns,” Aoki says. “And I’m all about mixing patterns and textures—if you stick to the same tones, you can wear totally different patterns and it looks fashionable,” she explains. “But I don’t think there are really rules for fashion. It’s 2019. You can wear what you like and try something funky or a little crazy.”

In the studio, Aoki follows a more structured style, sticking to leotards and pink tights, with practice tutus or long skirts reserved for rehearsals only. Even so, she finds a way to work in her own sense of style by choosing dancewear brands that let her play designer with their customizable options.