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Lorraine is a style obsessed mama to two young kids, a wife to a supportive husband and a family photographer. Lorraine graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2006, with a degree in advertising photography. She enjoys quiet moments, silly kids, clothes, shoes, coffee and a little wine too. Can't get enough of her here on FredParent? Check out her personal blog: Rain in Style.

 

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Rain in Style

This week I would love to talk about a new obsession of mine, tulle skirts...aka tutus! Yes, I love them; yes you can wear one too. No pointe shoes required. Unless, you can walk all day en pointe...then do that, because that would be amazing!

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I just got this black one and have been dying to wear it. And so I did, a few weekends ago. I took advantage of it being Mother's Day and had my husband do a little photo shoot. It was so fun to wear and, honestly, I now want one in every color.

 

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This black one came from ThredUP. It's by Aqua. Bloomingdales carries that brand, but I haven't found the exact skirt. Amazon has a really cute one, that I might just order in more colors, here.  I've also seen them at places like Charlotte Russe.

A few things to look for in a tulle skirt. For me, the length is important. I'm short, and at 5’2” a midi length skirt (hits mid calf) is just too long. In general, I like my skirts to hit slightly above or at my knee. It makes my legs look longer. Another consideration is the waist band. The one that I have by Aqua, has a finished looking waistband, meaning it's not just elastic. It has a ribbon or fabric waist. I feel like this type of waist band makes it look more polished when you tuck your shirt in, and helps the tulle skirt look less like my daughter's tutu.  Also, something to keep in mind. This one that I am wearing is kind of sheer, so be prepared to need a slip underneath.  With this one, I am wearing a short black slip, because no one needs to see my underwear...let's keep it classy. 

 

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Styling is also important. There are actually a lot of ways to style a tulle skirt. The way I did it here is my favorite so far...

 

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However, my next idea is to try it with a crop top.  I like the sliver of skin showing. But ptobably with different shoes.

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Or a graphic tee, although this can be tricky.  The graphic on the shirt needs be high enough so it won't get cut off when you tie the shirt or tuck it in.  Here, I tied this shirt up on the side, so it would hit at my waist, but I could've tucked it in too.  The tighter fitting the sirt, the better, so it doesnt throw off your body proportions. 

 

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Try it with a tank top...here I tried a floral and a camo one, showing you a softer look and one that's more edgy,

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Perhaps what I am looking forward to the most, is replacing the chambray shirt with a plaid one, for fall. I'm thinking that a red plaid shirt would also look great. Add booties and mix patterns by carrying a leopard clutch like this, which, oh, by the way...is my favorite clutch right now and I got it from Express.  They don't have that one anymore, but keep an eye out for leopard accessories.  They go with more than you think.

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So, what do you think, are you ready to try a tulle skirt and pretend you are a ballerina for the day?  You can go ahead and do a few ballet moves. It's fine, I won't judge.

 

Head on over to www.raininstyle.com  for more ballet inspired style fun.

-xo

 

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