7 Perfect Ways to Wear a Tulle Skirt as an Adult
Updated: Feb 9
I recently had a Carrie Bradshaw moment and wore a tutu skirt on my Instagram page and was flooded with comments asking not only where I got my skirt from but also inquiring about different ways to wear a tulle skirt as a grown woman. it's funny how many people still associate tulle skirts with little girls and think grown women should not be seen in them.
I completely disagree with this train of thought and am a proud wearer of tutu skirts as a woman in her 30s.
If you're still on the fence about whether adults should be wearing tulle skirts, except for on their wedding day, I hope to be able to change your mind with today's post. Let's start by answering an important question:
What is a tutu skirt?
Tutu and tulle skirts are used interchangeably nowadays however tutu skirts tend to be shorter in length. If you are unsure what a tutu skirt is in the first place, here is a brief explanation: a tutu skirt is a standard skirt worn by female ballet dancers, consisting of four or five layers of silk or nylon frills. The skirt is attached to a sleek-fitting bodice.
What is a tulle skirt?
Tulle is a type of fabric that's a stiff, fine netting and is often used to make gowns and wedding veils. Tulle skirts are comprised of several layers of this fabric and can be short or long in length.
My favorite and most affordable tulle skirts can be purchased HERE, HERE and HERE.
Tulle skirts tend to be worn for more special occasions requiring a more formal dress code. This is because they are very voluminous and add a lot of drama to any outfit. You could wear them to a wedding but I would highly discourage you from wearing them to the office for example.
Unless you work in the fashion industry of course, then by all means, go right ahead. In today's blog post, I would be giving you tulle skirt outfit ideas for how to rock a tulle skirt in manners flattering on any body type.
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1) With a cropped top
With a tulle skirt already being so dramatic, if you wish to create a more casual look, you can opt for a crop top. Tulle skirts tend to be high-waisted and so if you are not comfortable showing your belly, a longer crop top should do the trick, Or you can wear a tucked in tank top to achieve the same look. A white top would create a cleaner look and you could pair it with a tulle skirt in any color.
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A fitted top would draw a little bit of attention to your bust and waist and so go for this option if you are comfortable with those parts of your body. To complete this more casual look, choose a pair of ballet flats and you're good to go.
2) With a denim jacket
To create a slightly edgy look with your tulle skirt, you can add a denim jacket to a simple top. This look works great with a black tulle skirt, giving your dramatic look a more casual vibe. An easy way to make this look more dressy is to replace flats, sandals or boots with a pair of high heels.
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I personally prefer going with a pair of combat boots when I wear a denim jacket with a tutu skirt. The contrast between the girly skirt and the more masculine boots creates a nice balance in the entire outfit.
3) With a bodysuit
Usually, the rule of thumb when it comes to styling a tulle skirt is to go with a more fitted top. This is because with the lower half of your body being swallowed up in layers of tulle, you need to balance things out on top. I mostly agree with this logic and that's why bodysuits are a great option of tops to wear with a ballerina skirt. They tend to be more form-fitting and are thus a great candidate for tops to go with tulle skirts.
Look how I paired my light pink tulle skirt with this one-handed bodysuit to create a formal outfit. A great look for red carpets or special occasions would be a jeweled bodysuit paired with a long tulle skirt along with a pair of heels. If the bodysuit is strapless, add a bold statement necklace to really elevate the overall look.
4) With a graphic t-shirt
Headed back to the more casual tulle skirt look, wearing a graphic tee is a good way to give your tulle skirt some youthful street style. This look works with both a maxi skirt as well as a mini tulle skirt, depending on your personal preference. Headed for a more casual event? You can wear a pair of sneakers or a pair of flats with your graphic tee.
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5) With a black leather jacket
One of the best ways to add sass and some depth to your tulle skirt look is to add a biker jacket into the mix. The contrast between the leather and the tulle really creates an interesting and captivating balance. The type of skirt you decide to go with would depend on the occasion - with a shorter length being seen as more casual.
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If you're pulling this look out for date night, complete it with a pair of black strappy heels and a black top. To relax things and turn this into a casual outfit, I dare you to throw on those converse sneakers.
6) With a sweater
A stylish way to to wear a tulle skirt during the colder months is to pair it with a warm sweater or cardigan. You can play around with different colors of sweaters to create different looks and top them all off with a pair of ankle boots.
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Adding a pair of leggings underneath your skirt would add an extra layer of warmth on a colder day while throwing on a suede jacket would be a great choice of outerwear if your sweater is thinner.
7) With a lace top
One of the most elegant ways to style a maxi tulle skirt is with a lace top. It really makes your look more dainty and feminine. It's no wonder this look is very popular choice for not just bridal and engagement photoshoots but also wedding days as well!
Get the entire look HERE I hope based on all these suggestions, you can see that you don't have to be a little girl to wear a tulle skirt. They can be dressed up with a fancy top and some heels or dressed down with flats or sneakers - depending on the occasion. Wearing tulle skirts to weddings has become pretty popular with the tulle skirt trend and I invite you to try this out. Just make sure yours is not a white tulle skirt so as to look too bridal!
Reserve your mini tulle skirts for more casual occasions while a maxi and midi tulle skirt can be worn for more formal occasions. I hope you have found these tips to be helpful. If you are looking for inspiration for how to wear a skirt casually, check out this post. I have this post on 8 different ways to wear a denim shirt.
For more tulle skirt inspiration, check out my post: 6 chic outfits to wear with a tulle skirt.
Until the next post, XOXO Theankaraqueen