I love a tulle skirt.
No, more than that. As in, however much you’re thinking it’s possible for someone to love a skirt, my feelings for tulle are even stronger. And if that’s wrong, I just don’t want to be right.
They’re not the most practical items of clothing in the world, granted. They are, however, one of the most glamorous, and I don’t know about you, but I’ll take glamour over practicality ANY day. There’s nothing quite like a tulle skirt to make you feel like a fairytale princess (or a ballerina, which is almost as good…), and, to totally misquote Anne of Green Gables, from whom there are many life lessons to be learned, don’t you think it would be so much easier to be good in a tulle ballerina skirt? Well, don’t you?
Actually, I don’t know much about being good, but I do know it’s easier to feel glamorous in one, which is where this particular tulle skirt comes in. This was handmade for me by Wardrobe By Dulcinea, and if you’re thinking I got some super-special blogger treatment there, nope: that’s just the standard service they provide to every customer. Every single skirt is handmade from scratch: they hand dye it, make it to your exact measurements, and will even add slits, trains, sashes, bows, extra layers and pockets, if you so desire. There’s a colour chart on their Etsy page, but because each skirt is unique, they can do almost anything you want, including dip-dye and ombre. As you can see, I went for a dusky pink, because, well, I wanted to feel like a ballerina (Oh, don’t look at me like you don’t secretly want to be one too…), and I basically just sent them a photo of the colour I wanted (from Pinterest, obviously), and a couple of weeks later it arrived at my door, all wrapped up with a pretty little bow.
How cute is that label, seriously?
As well as the layers of tulle, which give the skirt all that volume I love so much, my skirt also has a satin waistband, sweet little pearl buttons, and, best of all, POCKETS. This isn’t my first tulle skirt, but it IS the first one to have pockets, so naturally that makes it my favourite: well, you all know I can’t resist a skirt with pockets, right?
Anyway, I WAS just going to do a straightforward outfit post in it, but I couldn’t quite decide which top I liked best with it, so I decided to do four outfit posts instead. (And naturally, as soon as I sat down to write it, I thought of another combination that I totally forgot to include. That one would’ve been the best one, too, I know it. GAH.) Here they are…
Four ways to wear a tulle skirt…
This look came about totally by accident: I happened to be wearing this top when the skirt arrived, and didn’t bother to change before excitedly ripping the package open and trying on my new favourite skirt. I actually really liked the way it looked with the top, though, so decided to wear it again for these photos: I think a skirt as extravagant as this one needs something fairly simple on top, and it doesn’t get much simpler than this. (I went all-out with the sparkly shoes, though, because obviously.)
Hell Bunny cardigan; Vivienne Westwood x Melissa shoes
I’ve described this look as “sweet”, but another way to describe it would be “sugary sweet” or “OMG, I really wish I was a ballerina”. Who am I to resit the lure of matching pink with pink, though? Who indeed…
ZARA jacket, ancient top, Casadei shoes*
03. Biker ballerina
Because I just could’t live with myself if I allowed a week to pass without featuring this jacket. In my defence, it was my most expensive purchase of the year, so at least I’m getting my money’s worth. I’m still really into the “tough-meets-girlie” look, so I don’t think this is the last time you’ll be seeing it. Not by a long shot.
I’ve put the word “causal” in inverted commas here, because, well, it’s a pink tulle ballerina skirt – it’s never going to be CASUAL causal, is it? An alternative title for this look was “cat burglar ballerina”. And really, there should BE a cat burglar ballerina, shouldn’t there? That would be awesome. If I wasn’t a blogger, I would definitely be a cat-burgling ballerina. Actually, I’m going to go and look into what qualifications I’d need for it, just in case…