By Mariangela Abeo
Gone are the days of going shopping with your mom to the local department store for a prom dress, then hoping and praying that no other girls show up wearing the same thing. Today’s teens are steeped in the rich fashion molasses that is served to them on everything, everywhere they turn. From social media, to reality TV, they are on the new fads before even the hipsters have time to make them cool and before a teen celebrity can been seen in it on Instagram or on TMZ.
The 80s look that so many in my generation loved and cherish, are back – everything from floral and lace, to vibrant colors, punk rock accents and yes, you guessed it – TULLE. The fabric that every girl, and yes also boys – at some point in their life, secretly want an entire outfit made out of.
Whether you shop at hip boutiques and consignment shops or mega trendy places like H&M or Forever 21 – pairing tulle tutus and skirts for every day looks, school dances and even Prom – is easy and simple.
For Prom or Punk
For example, a Prom show stopper will have flowing tulle, paired with tasteful corsets, lacy tops, tussled hair, and a pretty smokey eye.
The punk element is one of the reasons shops like Red Light or Trendy Wendy – which we are lucky enough to have in Seattle – are popular – you can find fabulous tops and funky tights to pair with one of Class Act’s 5-layer “Juicy” Bird of Paradise short tutus. If you aren’t in the Seattle area, find a local vintage or consignment store and a trendy boutique to get necessary outfit pairings. Big “diva” hair is a must, take your skirt colors to your local MAC counter to get your make-up done – and finish with some FIERCE heels or even grunge it out with some army boots from the Army surplus store!
Who wore it better? (It won’t happen!)
The wonderful thing about tutus beside the fact that they are handmade, and that tulle personally makes me morph into a 5 year old that squeals with joy even at the sight of it – are that they are unique. You will not feel like you are in People magazine’s “Who wore it better” because another girl is wearing the same dress. If you pair it with your street wear, you will be SURE to turn heads, get compliments and be considered a trend setter with peers that may be waiting for someone to stand out before they add a little tulle into their daily wardrobe.
It’s good for the soul
I asked a few “fashion forward” teens I know, to tell me 3 words that came to mind when they saw tulle in a store or in a magazine – and the theme was consistent: Playful, Fun, Delicate, Feminine, Beauty, Classy, Diva. All things all of us, at some point, want to portray with our outfits, right? Even more reason for me to firmly believe that keeping a good amount of tulle in your closet, is good for the soul…