Autumn has well and truly descended upon us in London this week. I may well have to dig out my coat soon! How the summer has flown. In fact how the year has flown. Did you know, my long time blogging friends, that it has been about a year since Melanie of Bag and a Beret started off the tulle tea party with her autumnal portrait in a white tutu? I was quite startled when I realised this because it still feels like yesterday that shortly afterwards I was following a long line of stylish women inspired by that post to style tulle skirts for their blogs, eventually even partaking myself in a healthy dose of tulle and tea.
In the end I lost track of where that particular blogging tutu train went. Maybe it tapered off and disappeared and I'm left wondering who the last tutu wearer was, the last woman standing in tulle out there somewhere in the blogosphere. Surely a tutu train deserves to come full circle so we can all indulge in wearing ours again!
Well tutu train or no tutu train, none of us should need an excuse to pull out the tulle when the fancy takes us. And as part of the push to shop more from the wardrobe I've been eyeing the tulle skirt collection gathering dust in the corner of the wardrobe and conjuring up new ways to wear them out without waiting for an "event". I've found a good way to tone a tulle skirt down is to pair it with the simplicity of a tee shirt.
So here am I wearing a pale pink tulle skirt to go furniture shopping! I went for a white and nude palette, combining the skirt with a more luxurious off-white tee festooned with a grosgrain bow and a putty coloured leather biker to add a more casual feel. The tee shirt was part of a design collaboration between Moises de la Renta and the Spanish chain Mango a couple of years ago. This small collection of luxe tee shirts was launched with an event where the models wore them with long voluminous pink or black tutus. They belted their tulle skirts with a luxurious wide ribbon sash tied in a large bow at their waists to mirror the bows on the necklines of their tee shirts, an idea I used as inspiration for this outfit.
My sash is actually a polyurethane imitation leather belt from Zara. When I pulled it out of storage I found some blue ink marks had stained the tips making tying it into a simple double knot impossible without the offending marks showing. Rather than throw it out I got creative with a brooch and took inspiration from Amber of Butane Anvil who does wonderful things with Obi belts. A bit of origami folding skills and I'd hidden the marks with a different knot style and a strategically placed decorative brooch. Viola! No need to add more polyurethane to landfill.
When it came to shoes I had to pause for thought. The obvious thing would have been to pull out a pair of pale pink ballet pumps. I decided not to go for the obvious and instead went for a pair of animal print kitten heel slippers with a diamante buckle. It was a bit of a wild departure from the pink and nude shades to throw a bit of zebra in but I actually ended up liking the effect better.
Although I did get some disbelieving sideways glances and outright stares, mostly from other women it has to be said, I'm glad I made the effort. Furniture shopping was much more fun in a tulle skirt. I practically floated down the aisles, I got treated nicely by the staff, the chef obliged me with extra spinach on the side with my Eggs Royale and toast in the posh cafe upstairs and I'm convinced I made more elegant furniture choices as a result! So calling all Sunday afternoon shoppers - don't just gawp in disbelief! The sky isn't going to fall down if you wear something pretty to go shopping in. I'm sure somewhere deep inside there is a frustrated ballerina in all of you just waiting to try a tutu on for size. Join me! Discover your inner tulle goddess!
Joining Candela of Mis Papelicos for her Share In Style blog hop were the theme this month is animal print and Monday Bloom.at DC in Style. And as the shoes have shiny buckles and made the outfit I'm also linking up to Bella's Shoe Shine: September Bling blog hop over at the Citizen Rosebud.
Tee shirt: Moises de la Renta for Mango; Tulle skirt: H&M; Belt: Zara; Brooch: from Rome; Nude Leather jacket: Topshop; Kitten heel slippers: Dune (old)