Which girl didn’t admire ballet clothing with all the tutus? When you are a hard-die fan and still adore these tulle skirts, read this post to learn how to pull the look off in midlife and beyond.
- Can a piece be more feminine than a tulle skirt?
- Tulle skirts comme in various cuts
- My love for these skirts started early
- Dancing brought the Retro Style and petticoat
- What to wear with a tulle skirt?
- When you are a hard-die Romantic
- Rock’n Roll
- Drama Queen
- Holiday season
- Gamine style
- Street chic
- Wrapping up
- 269th Top of the World Style linkup party
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Can a piece be more feminine than a tulle skirt?
A tulle skirt can bring a lot of femininity into your wardrobe. It evokes childhood dreams of being a Princess. Recall these costumes all had tulle and glam all over them. Ballet and dancing. I spend hours watching ballroom dance competitions on TV because I adored the dresses. The skirt reminds of the famous painting The Dance Class (La Classe de Danse) by Edgar Degas. And of course, tulle is a great fabric for wedding and evening dresses. This post addresses how to style a tulle skirt for various occasion and different style personalities at any age.
Tulle skirts come in various cuts
In its “original” form it is an elongated tutu design. The half-circle cut works incredibly good to hide some flaws. Both styles draw attention to the waist. The same is true for a tired-style version.
When you prefer a sleek silhouette or find all that volume unpractical (yes it is), a full-skirt version is a great option. In maxi or tea-length, it looks great with a cropped top. In this case, the skirt gives the illusion of miles-long legs, especially when paired with heels. Skip the heels for bare feet, and you have a stunning outfit for a beach wedding.
There also exist cuts that have asymmetric hems (see photos below) or ruffles.
My love for tulle skirts started early
Ever since I was a kid, I liked figure skater attire, ballroom dance gowns and ballet tutus. As a kid I also adored the Dior introduced skirts of the 1950s. I was fascinated that the skirt would stay away from the body due to the petticoats. I made figure skating and petticoat skirts for my dolls and wished being a living Barbie doll.
Of course, I wanted ballet lessons or learn figure skating. The tutus and sequin embellished attires were definitely reasons for the desire. Instead, my parents enrolled me into gym and self-defense classes. I didn’t enjoy these classes at all. I especially hated the self-defense class. My parents wanted me to take the class so I could stop the bullies who bullied me in school. But they all were in this class! Thus, the class gave them even more chances and me even more exposure to them.
Instead of the figure skating shoes, which I had on my wish-list for Christmas, I got sliding shoes! I was so disappointed! There isn’t snow every winter in the Rhineland, where I grew up. Therefore, the slides were made like the roller skaters in the late 1960s, early 1970s. They were extendable to adjust the fit for several years. Do I have to say that I just used them once? At that time, they had already to be extended to fit, which didn’t make the sliding experience fun at all!
To imitate the tulle skirt look, I sew a circle skirt when I was a teenager. While the huge amount of fabric at the hem made the skirt standing out a bit, it wasn’t the look, I loved. On the contrary, I found that circle skirts don’t look great on me at all. Thus, the skirt more or less remained in the closet and later ended up at Goodwill. Well, clothes not flattering your body shape is just one reason why you never wear some of your beautiful clothes, right?
Dancing brought the Retro Style and tulle petticoat
When I was in graduate school, I bought my first petticoat. I wore it sometimes at my Rock’n Roll practices underneath a self-made 50s skirt (see post at the link for a photo of that skirt). I still like 1950s inspired retro dresses.
My knack for the tulle and mesh skirt look is still alive. I love how they provide shape, alter the look of the body, how they move. They are so feminine. I love being a woman. I just wear the skirt, and not only on the dance floor.
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What to wear with a tulle skirt?
The piece is easiest to style in nude, white or very light neutral pastels like pale pink, light gray, light blue or beige. It easily can dress up a plain T-shirt.
When you are a hard-die Romantic
A tulle skirt in pastel is a Must-have when you are a Romantic Style personality. A denim jacket is a perfect pairing keeping the romantic vibe of the look. Just think of Rene Russo in the stands at the final baseball play playing Jake Taylor‘s ex-girlfriend Lynn Weslin in the 1989 movie Major League. Her blond curly long hair, white eyelet dress and blue jeans jacket is pure romantic. Ballet flats are the best choice for the shoes.
In spring and fall, pair it with the Romantic classic gingham shirt. In winter, try a pearl embellished cashmere sweater or wear a cardigan with lace collar as top.
Or go down the pastellcolor ballerina route and stay with the ballet type colors like in the inspiration with the pale pink slingbacks and gray cashmere silk sweater in the next photos. Since in ballet, woolen leg warmers are a common thing, you can wear a mesh skirt skirt in fall with gray tights, a long sleeve top and flats. For extra warmth, put a half slip underneath.
The different price ranges of the items make the outfit down-to-Earth real life. The pastel color scheme makes it very summery and feminine. More on wearing Romantic Style over 50 in the guide at the link.Mix high and low price items for a down to Earth look. #agelessstyle Click To Tweet
A statement color like blue or red provide a more edgy, street chic look. When your style is Rock’n Roll try a graphic Tee, red tulle, ankle booties with or without a black leather motorcycle jacket. Swap the graphic T-shirt with a plaid shirt, striped top or a denim shirt.
An outfit with black tulle bottom, black lace top, sky-high heels, up-do, red lips and jewelry like Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany and up-do works well for a Femme Fatale vibe for going out. A variation for every day: Red skirt, black (lace) top, heels, big sunglasses.
Friday night is for going out, leaving the stress of the week behind, relax and start to recharge for the next week. A perfect weekend starts with dressing up, going out for dinner and dancing the night away. This outfit is one of my favorites for starting the weekend.The weekend starts with the outfit. #weekend #FashionFriday Click To Tweet
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Try a white classic around-the-knee tutu version with a red sweater, pantyhose and red pumps for a holiday party.
This style mixes everything with everything and ties it together with the accessories, colors, … in search for what looks the best “wrong”. See the example in the next photos.
Or you may try a sleek layered version like Leandra Medine with a striped sweater over skinnies.
A just above the knee full-skirt in white with a black-and-white or blue-and-white striped top with old-school canvas are a great option when your love Gamine Style.
The following look shows an example with a nude full skirt tea-length cut and a boxy abstract floral print top (and jeans jacket) with colorful strappy sandals. Summer style to compete with the flowers. LOL.
The next example shows an all neutral street style look.
This super feminine piece works with many styles and for many occasion, even a wedding or a holiday party. The sleek versions in light neutrals or pastels are easier to style than those in crayon colors. And, you can wear it at any age.
Btw, you can find the review of this Lily Lulu skirt in the post at the link.
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