According to the latest seasonal fashion report, the tulle skirt (a ballerina-esque skirt complete with frills and ruffles) is one of 2015’s top trending articles of clothing. Already up 34% from January, trend setters should be prepping themselves for Spring tulle skirt madness by diving headfirst into the ruched little number early, as in right now.
Admittedly, it’s been a while since such womanly threads have hit runways and street corners, particularly in flowing layers as opposed to snugly fitted material (think bodycon dresses and skinny jeans) but that only serves to make the tulle skirt’s release that much more exciting. There are literally hundreds of ways to wear the skirt and, according to fashion bloggers and fashion DIYers everywhere, there are even more ways to manufacture it.
Here’s a look at this head turning accessory from a few different fashion angles.
How to Wear It
Just because the tulle is a skirt doesn’t mean it lacks the versatility to go from casual to office worthy to evening ready wear. As is often the case in matters of style, the look is dependent upon its accessories. This time-sensitive piece can go from dawn until dusk with ease if you accessorize it well. Here’s how:
1. Wear It At Work
…by pairing it with a scoop neck long sleeve shirt and a pair of ballet flats.
2. Light Up The Night
…by adding chunky jewelry and a smashing set of high heels. Vibrant makeup can also bring this life to its layers. The smoky eye, a makeup trend that has transcended over time, just took on a new twist that coincides quite nicely with the tulle skirt.
3. Show Off Your Street Smarts
…by pairing it with a tough leather jacket, a cool hipster-inspired set of glasses and a fresh fall manicure in an understated tone like nude.
How To Avoid Looking Like A Ballerina
The best way to avoid letting this look go from elegant to “Black Swan” audition is to pair it with pieces that are sophisticated and timeless. The skirt itself is playful enough so embrace its glamour by maintaining its sophisticated appeal.
Grab the tiny gold hoops and classic red heels, but ditch the crop tops and neon bright accessories for this look. And no matter what anyone tells you, do not pair your tulle skirt with high top sneakers unless you’re under 18, over 5’8” or a serious sneaker maven who knows what you’re doing. The utter bulk of the skirt mandates a woman’s shoe in almost every possible circumstance.
Where to Find It
Tulle skirts have already hit the racks in select clothing stores and consumers can expect to see a major jump in accessibility by spring. Daring trendsetters with a knack for crafting might want to personalize this look by making it at home, however. The surge in sew-it-yourself fashion is inspiring and a trend within itself, plus self-manufacturing adds a touch of authenticity you’d be hard pressed to find on the rack of a traditional clothing store.
What The Tulle Skirt Is Really Saying
The tulle skirt is a movement that speaks volumes about where fashion and journalism are ultimately headed.
Unlike trends of the past, this look was brought to the forefront by online fashion bloggers, which should give you an idea of the move towards a digitally journalistic future. And unlike recent trends, the tulle skirt is full bodied, feminine and mysterious, casting a shadow over the hip hugging 90’s inspired looks we’ve grown accustomed to and hinting at the idea that more traditional dresses are about to take over again.
All in all, what this look translates to is the idea that freedom of speech, when given a platform like blogging, can add unexpected twists to the runway. At the height of androgynous apparel, in the wake of skin tight denim and midriff baring tops, there’s still a place in all of our hearts for the thrill of flowing ball gowns and that princess inspired feeling that can only be achieved by spinning around in a circle while donning a frilly, feminine skirt.
The tulle is fiercely delicate and distinctly free spirited. It is a much needed accessory for the modern day woman.
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