Tulle netting has been used in ballet costumes for centuries.  It is light and flexible and most commonly used in “romantic tutus” (the longer, skirt-like tutus), and “classical tutus” – the short, stiff tutus which were created when ballet steps became faster and more intricate – necessitating a skirt that minimized obstruction. Way back in 1998 when Sex and the City first hit the air, Carrie Bradshaw walking down the street in the tulle skirt and tank top seemed so outlandish – these days that style seems a bit more mainstream than it did then.  Now that the weather is chilly I see it less, but in the entertainment district in which I live, it was not uncommon all summer to see lots of girls in the same, albeit toned-down version of this tank top/tulle skirt combination.

I like the layers in this BCBGMAXAZRIA Tulle Tutu Skirt:

This Haute Hippie Silk Tulle Ballerina Mini Skirt is similar but a bit simpler and cleaner looking:

With its sweetheart neckline and silk bodice, this Kara Janx Presley Strapless Tutu Dress very much reminds me of some of my old ballet costumes ~

This Foley + Corinna Star Tulle Dress uses the same tulle fabric, but it is a bit of a departure from the more directly-ballet-inspired pieces above.

This Pierre Darre tank top is a light and pretty variation – I think it would look great with some boyfriend jeans and a not-so-flashy blazer!


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