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Friday, February 11, 2011

Tulles of the Trade: Wearing the skirt.

Tulle skirts bring out the little girl in all of us (do try to resist the urge to twirl and curtsy). Tulle conjures up images of pink ballerina slippers and, in general, being five years old—hence the sartorial conundrum: how do we look chic in our childhood clothes?

Many of us have prematurely decided that this is a trend we’ll be sitting out. The stakes are high, but I say forge ahead! It can be done, and done well. Channel the fashion spirit of Carrie Bradshaw. We all remember her famous tiered-tulle skirt in the opening sequence of SATC. She is a classic example of the tulle skirt worn perfectly simple, coupled with a neutral top and strappy sandals. She wore no accessories.

Carrie Bradshaw in the opening credits of "Sex and the City." Image: thefashionmagpie.com
The key to rocking the tulle skirt is balance. The skirt is your statement piece. It is the star of the show. Do not upstage it. Anything you add should serve to support the skirt.

Dress the tulle up based on your own personal style. Are you going for demure? Bad-ass? Menswear? Keep in mind that you can also settle on a ruffled or layered lace skirt for similar volume without the actual tulle.

Go with a nude, strappy sandal—minimalist and simple. A nude patent pump is another good choice. A pointy toe will balance the volume of the tulle. For a more classic look, top it off with a cardy or short blazer. On the other hand, black booties or moderate-height motorcycle boots are a way to add edge. 

Add accessorizes with color based on the color of your shoes. When choosing your bag, keep it neutral with pinks and nudes. The edgier the look the more indulgent you can be.

Take a look below some of my ideas on dressing the tulle skirt, featuring our new pink tulle skirt by BB Dakota!

Pink tulle skirt by BB Dakota at Lori's Shoes

Look 1: Flesh-toned Tulle
Simple. neutral. understated. A perfect outfit to accessorize. Perhaps a big ring or single charm necklace?
Love this McQueen clutch.

Look 2: Tulle Blackout!

This one is my absolute FAVE! I would wear this in a heartbeat. Black is my thing.
In this look the pink tulle provides a nice juxtaposition ... just so chic. What's not to love about this look?? 

Look 3: Hard-edged Tulle

Rock out! The addition of the JC boot is a nice alternative to black—it keeps the look light.
Obsessed with this skeleton cuff.

—Ashley Lacey, Armitage staff and creator of Stiletto Chic


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