La Greca Magazine
How many of those adorable tulle skirts can one girl squeeze into her closet?
Is there a limit to cuteness or rather an acceptable age to wearing a tutu?
Having found no adequate answer so far, I have only managed to unlock some style secrets of these classic, girly, romantic items by trying them on and experimenting at the opening evening of Tutu Shop in Knokke last Friday. Perhaps, something will dawn on me after sharing my observations with you.
This season their tutus come in a range of mostly pastel colors (with the exception of black and red) and intriguing over-the-knee, elegant knee-high and midi, as well as quiet long lengths. The lines vary according to the length too, allowing just the best elements of each female body to be seen - that is, if chosen wisely.
The mini and knee skirts tend to be puffier to release a young playfulness. These ballerina-like tutus are made in order to create the illusion of tall thin legs. The good part is that you don't need heels with these mini skirts, as their swan-lake cut tulle hides possibly thicker thighs and reveals the thinner part of the leg. Think of it as camouflage or the touch of the designer's magic wand.
The midi skirts are perfect for ladies with thicker legs in general. They open gently into a cone which reaches the calves. Add a pair of high heels and you have an unbeatable sixties look.
As for the floor-length skirts, they fall vertically without creating noise. The fewer layers of tulle form a semi-transparent veil which hangs over a tighter underskirt that follows the line of the body. This accentuates the height of the wearer and has a slimming effect - even for closely expecting mothers like me. Both sneakers and heels are applicable here too.
As a final touch, the romantic feel is counter-balanced by the no-mainstream attitude tops, T-shirts and hoodies by #CDKN OFFICIAL suggested in the store. True to the latest trend, a quote such as "I no longer entertain EGOS" or "princess" (crossed out with a line) applies more to a contemporary customer target group and is in accordance to today's more down-to-earth perception of romance. The redefinition of relationships and female conduct is depicted in the reinvention of tutu outfits.
In the end, the answers to my initial questions possibly have little to do with wardrobe space or a lady's age. The number of tutu skirts you can own probably depends solely on your attitude towards life. Be it incurably happy and unconventional, you are bound to succumb to the craze!
During my next visit, I will be looking for the promised matching mother-daughter outfits and the next photo shoot will include a much cuter little lady with the right top and the irresistible attitude of Taylor Swift or Rihanna.
Author: Marianna Lagakou - Van Zandweghe
Visit Tutu Shop pop-up at 99 Dumortierlaan in Knokke till the end of September or shop online: