5 steps to styling a tulle skirt
and avoid looking like a ballerina in the process
I’ve always seen tulle skirts as something for ballerinas or little children playing dress-up. That was until I started spending too much time on Pinterest and saw so many women taking over the tulle skirt and making it their own. (This is why I love blogging!) My perception on tulle skirts changed and then I found myself wanting to try it out. However, it looked a lot easier than I thought and as I had expected, the loose voluminous shape isn’t the most flattering for my figure. Regardless, i’ve found it to be fun to wear and thus, for the past 2 months have been experimenting in order to try and figure out the styling secrets of the tulle skirt.
Admittedly, I’m still getting to grips with the tulle skirt, but I’ve certainly figured out the best ways to wear it with out looking like a ballerina or a 6 year old wanting to be Cinderella; A concern for most women when it comes to this dreamy fashion piece. Therefore, I thought it would be useful for many to give my styling tips on how to tackle the tulle skirt and infuse it into your personal style, whatever it may be.
Play with textures and prints
Adding different textures to your tulle skirt creates more depth towards the outfit and can quickly change the whole vibe of the look. For instance, throw on some faux leather and you’re looking like 2004 Avril Lavigne, tuck in a denim shirt for a casual chic look or go glam by adding a faux-fur jacket. Personally, I adore channeling those feminine vibes so a shirt with lace detailing was the perfect piece to style my tulle skirt.
I went for a cropped shirt to draw attention to my waist as I feel this works best for my figure, however, a cami top with lace detailing, tucked in, would work just as well. Anything from a graphic tee to a printed blouse would look wonderful. Just stay clear of bodysuits to avoid that ballerina look. I recommend opting for neutrals such as nude, black or white when styling a tulle skirt over bold colours which could risk looking childish.
It is important to note that which ever style you desire of creating, you can achieve it. Just think of your tulle skirt as the foundation to build your ideal look over viewing it as a problematic piece that you have to work around.
Grab a mini bag
Accessorising is key to completing any look and ensuring you’ve grabbed a bag, which compliments your tulle skirt well, will achieve a more refined look over one of carefree and youthfulness. I find that when I add a bag to my tulle skirt, it speaks the words ‘this girl means business’ and adds a poised quality which I find to be very significant. The reason why I have made a point of advising a mini bag is that a larger size could add some weight to your look that may feel overbearing.
I would also consider steering away from clutches or small embellished bags, if you don’t want to look like you’re going to a party.
Hair and Makeup
It seems obvious, but sporting sparkly eyeshadow and pulling your hair into any sort of bun is going to make you look like you’re off to your dancing recital. To avoid this, I went with my go-to look consisting of the classic cat eye, flushed cheeks and nude lip. This achieves the classy chic look which compliments the lace detailing on my top and ‘dresses-up’ the tulle skirt.
To further avoid falling into full ballerina mode, I felt that styling my hair into a very unkempt messy ponytail was the best option. As the rest of my styling is very glamorous and looks rather formal, having messy hair tones this down and further succeeds in looking like I’m not attending a christmas party or the Opera house. However, simply wearing your hair down and putting little-to-no effort in, will work just as well.
A pair of earrings does wonders
This is your biggest asset when it comes to curating the look you are trying to achieve. (AKA not a ballerina!) Adding a faux-pearl necklace or a pair of drop earrings, as I have done here, increasings the value of your look. Keep it minimal to create a tasteful outcome that will make your tulle skirt look more expensive and diminish the risk of looking tacky or ‘childish’.
When I read comments or listen to other women talk about wanting to wear a tulle skirt but feeling as though they can’t, it’s often due to the viewpoint that they will look six years old.
If you fear that a tulle skirt will make you look to ‘dressed up’, simply put on an elegant watch and a pair of stud earrings. This will achieve a nice balance of maturity and refined casual.
Pack a pair of heels
There’s a reason why most women style their tulle skirts with a pair of heels and that’s because it brings it to a whole other level. Sometimes, the tulle can add heaviness to a look and weigh the wearer down. Other times, its the aforementioned issue of looking too youthful to the point that you could play on a Primary Schools playground and no one would bat an eyelash. (Not recommended!) This is where a pair of heels comes in- they are your savour. If the thought of wearing five-inch stilettos has you reeling, then fear not! A pair of kitten heels or ankle boots will do the trick just as well. As I already have a lot of glam infused into my outfit, I went with my trusty pair of heeled sandals as this is more casual than a pair of pumps.
The right pair of heels can add romance or boldness to a tulle skirt where a pair of chunky heeled ankle boots will give a completely different dynamic to your outfit.
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*Bag gifted by INYATI. Please note that I will never work with a brand that I do not believe in and I will always share my honest, genuine thoughts.
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