Tulle Time

[a girlie post]

Tulle is the most feminine of all the materials in the world. A man can looked heavenly in a pair of white brushed cotton trousers during summertime, or iconic in a silk lined tux. But stick a man in tulle and he looks like Frankenfurter. My blog title is rather girly, so, since my blog has almost reached its one year birthday, I am honouring its namesake. Tulle has been used heavily in fashion since the 50s, with voluminous ballgowns, then had a revival in the 1980s with power puffball skirts.  You can hardly step anywhere on the high street, what with the current 80s revival, without seeing a good bit of nylon tulle poking out from the railings. But just how accessible is it to preppy cardigan girls like me?

Grace Kelly in 'Rear Window' with full tulle skirt

Topshop have lots of lingerie inspired dresses which could either work as a...em, winter warmers?...or would look super with a long line granddad cardigan, thick black tights and shoe boots. Maybe with a black slip under, although probably not if your name is Jordan.

USC has only wisely bought in Love Milly stock for Christmas. This tulle-applique vest top is my kind of thing. It adds a little something to a denim skirt and biker boots (I bought myself these awesome boots from Dune in charcoal - so comfy!), and according to Gok Wan (my boyfriend got me a signed book for my birthday - eek!), drawing attention to your shoulders is perfect for pear-shapes like me since it balances out big hips.

Thanks to Urban Outfitters FINALLY opening in Edinburgh, I'm planning a massive post-Christmas sales blowout. I really fancy this cute ballerina style skirt to go with aforementioned biker boots and a big grey cashmere sweater my Mum noticed in Tesco's sale (£25!!). Pale pink and charcoal are, together, the new black. Spread the word.

"Tulle is a lightweight, very fine netting, which is often starched. It can be made of various fibres, including silk, nylon, and rayon. Tulle is most commonly used for veils, gowns (particularly wedding gowns), and ballet tutus. Tulle comes in a wide array of colors and it can also easily be dyed to suit the needs of the consumer. It is readily available from most fabric stores and through special order...The majority of tulle is actually bobbinet, invented in Britain in the early 1800s. Bobbinet is made by wrapping the weft thread around the warp thread, creating a strong hexagonal design which tends not to twist or fall out of shape, because the wrapped threads maintain a state of tension. The result is tulle netting which is lightweight and surprisingly strong and durable for its weight."

C x

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