As the name suggests, ballerina or tutu skirts are traditionally what ballerinas would wear in a ballet performance. These skirts have had an interesting evolution, starting with the romantic tutu (length falling between the knee and the ankle), first worn by Marie Taglioni in a Paris production of Les Sylphides in 1832. It showed off the ankles and the footwork of the ballerina perfectly. In the 1880s, the classical bell tutu came into being, sitting just above the knee, in multi-layered tulle confections. Today's pancake tutu is the very short, stiff and flat skirt that we can easily associate with its name.
immediately conjure up images of gracefulness, ballerinas en pointe, pirouetting (seemingly) effortlessly across the stage. A lot of this association is because the predominant material used to make tutus are tulle, organza, nylon and netting. Their perfect combination create that desired structure, shape, flow and "weightlessness" feel, allowing for the freedom of a dancer's movement.
iconic, yet well-received tutu shown in the opening credits of Sex and the City.
and fabrics such as leather, denim, or suede will work great together with tulle. I find the tougher fabric can often balance out an overly feminine material. I would also try and keep the rest of the too, and just let the skirt do all the talking. If you are still hesitant to commit to the full tulle experience, try a ballerina skirt that has less frilly layers, and in a darker colour. After all, fashion is so much more fun when you don't take it too seriously! =P
Skirt: Whitney Eve;
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