how to wear a tulle skirt

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.

handmade by Dulcinea

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…

pink tulle skirt with gold shoes and cream top

how to wear a tulle skirt

ZARA top; Kate Spade shoes

01.  Classic

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.)

pink tulle skirt with matching pink cardigan

pink tulle ballerina skirt and cropped cardigan

Hell Bunny cardigan; Vivienne Westwood x Melissa shoes

02. Sweet

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…

black boatneck top and pink tulle skirt

black biker jacket and pink tulle skirt

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.

04. “Casual”

pink tulle ballerina skirt with stripe top and flats

Collectif top; New Look flats

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…

four ways to wear a tulle skirt

[This post was sponsored by Wardrobe by Dulcinea, who you can follow on Facebook here]

31 Comments
  1. Who wouldn’t want to be ballerina??? My first thought when I saw the first picture was “Amber looks like a princess”. I will be checking this out because one of my childhood dreams was to be a princess and I think this may be the closest I get to it. The detailing on it is just beautiful, love the pockets (all skirts and dresses are improved by pockets – somewhere to shove my hands when standing around awkwardly – why wouldn’t you want them?) and that label is just lovely.

  2. OMG you have a tulle skirt! I’m so jealous right now. And it’s so pretty and pink and it looks amazing on you. (Sorry for sounding kind of over creepy kind of weird by the way.)

    I seriously kind of started a blog so I could have an excuse to buy a tulle skirt. We all got our own reasons to blog I guess. Haven’t bought one yet though, but maybe I will in time./love Ida

  3. I think this may just be the most beautiful skirt in the entire world…seriously. I’ve owned a couple of tulle skirts before hoping to emulate all the super stylish fashion bloggers, and of course the infamous Sex and the City look, but they were all the cheap kind with scratchy net tulle and an elastic waistband that makes that stick out a bit awkwardly. So now I’ve decided I NEED proper one like this – it’s far too beautiful for me not to have one. And I love all the ways you’ve styled it – I think the last one is the route I would go down most with stripes and flats (because me and heels are often dangerous) but I do adore the ‘ballerina’ look too, although I don’t (yet!) have the pink version of the Hell Bunny cardigan!

  4. But… I want to know what the 5th option you didn’t post was! 😉 I don’t have a tulle skirt yet, but let’s be honest, it’s a matter of time. It’s going to happen. I’m a blogger, for heavens sake, it’s like the law or something. This one does sound like a winner though – pockets! I like the ballerina look – nothing wrong with matching pink and bow shoes, for sure.

  5. You look absolutely stunning in all these styles! I think my favorite outfit is the one with the striped top (the one I’d personally wear) or the biker ballerina, can’t really decide :)) I have that (sort of biker ballerina) look done myself last winter with Wardrobe by Dulcinea skirt of a different design, so I may be bias on that one: http://allthingsdulcinea.com/winter-outdoors-ballerina/

  6. Ok…so of course I love the skirt (because I kinda have one in blue), but I really like the backdrop you did—maybe you’ve had it before and I haven’t noticed. But how did you hang those lights? You definitely have a great eye!! jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

    1. It’s quite hard to explain unless you’re very familiar with the room, to be honest! They were basicallyjust looped around some of the furniture/window frame, with a couple of hooks to keep them in place!

  7. Hehe, I am a ballerina and I have definitely worn my fair share of tulle skirts, but never for fashion. Which is sad, because I want to so very badly. I am worried about my dogs getting too excited when I come home though… they are not usually jumpers but mark my words if I were to put on a tulle skirt…

  8. This skirt is so pretty!
    I love (well, just like you said, more than love!) tulle skirts as well (I currently own… ahem… 7) and I adore all of your styling ideas! On Cyber Monday, I ordered a leather jacket (in pink) and I can’t wait to pair it with one of my tulle skirts.
    I also think that the that backdrop is dreamy, you own the most amazing shoes and you really do look like a princess!

    ♥ Katha

  9. I LOVE the biker ballerina look! I just bought a fake leather jacket after looking for the RIGHT one for about two years, so I’m really into finding cool ways to wear it.
    But honestly, my favourite thing was the tiny lights… They just make me happy! Though I would constantly trip on them if I had something like that in my house…

    1. Oh, I would, too – they were just a temporary backdrop for the photo, although I was tempted just to leave them there, because they looked so pretty!

  10. Well now I know how to wear a tulle skirt, and where to get one with pockets in an ideal colour… now all I’m lacking is somewhere to wear one (because sadly my day-to-day life on hospital placement doesn’t quite call out for tulle skirts and ballerina behaviour. Which is a shame).
    Jennifer x
    Ginevrella | Lifestyle Blog

  11. The pink tulle skirt is beautiful, and suits you to a T. Jennifer, unless you must wear a uniform to hospital, I think it would be the best thing to wear as it would cheer you and everyone else in the hospital, especially the patients

  12. Aw, aren’t you just sweet and pretty? Such a beautiful skirt, with a good amount of ‘pouf’. I think I like the cardigan with it best, but biker ballerina is also a super look! x

  13. The second look is my absolute FAVOURITE. Dressing like a total girly girl is not something I normally do, but everything about how you’ve styled the skirt in the second look (that ponytail is glorious, & the shoes your wearing are one of my favourite pairs) I simply adore.

  14. Hi, I have a question that might be kind of odd, perhaps you have said before, or maybe someone has asked. My question is; would you ever write a positive review about something you didn’t really like? Like say you didn’t like something about this skirt, perhaps the fabric on the inside was uncomfortable (hypothetically, I wouldn’t know). Would you still write that it is nice and not mention the uncomfortable part, because it is sponsored? Only thought of it as you mentioned about it being sponsored on the bottom of your page, which is really cool that you did, but I am not sure how that would influence your post. Hope I did not offend by asking.

    1. No, I would never lie and say I liked something if I didn’t: that would be totally unethical. I don’t accept items unless I would genuinely wear them, and I never lie to my readers.

      1. That is good to know, thank you for answering my question. I do read your blog often (more than I do other’s) and it’s good to know that even if something is sponsored it can still be trusted 🙂 (again, hope I did not offend by asking)

    2. I don’t think “fabric on the inside” is capable of being uncomfortable in any sort of skirt, since it’s sole purpose is to be the barrier between the outer whatever fabric and legs, and to be silky and soft. At least I have never in my life encountered a skirt that would have this problem, and I am a big fan of skirts.

  15. Wow that is a gorgeous skirt! I have a short, more casual tulle skirt that’s not super poofy in this colour, time for a longer one maybe? I love the simple white top with it.
    Is there any sort of extra tulle attached to the lining or seams to get that perfect bell shape or is it all just from the 10 layers of tulle? It is so lovely.

  16. Hey Amber, I just found your blog while looking through Pinterest for tulle skirts. I absolutely adore yours- the length, the color, the pockets, the satin (the sizing tag!)- everything about it! I was wondering if you specified the length before they sent it to you? Most skirts I’ve seen have been too short, and I like the length of yours… Also, is this the “blooming ballerina”? They have several options and before I drop $170+ on a skirt, I want to know what I’m getting 🙂

    Thanks Amber! Love your blog!

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