Florence Song takes on tulle without the tiaras
What’s not to love about tulle? We’re talking floaty, frothy clouds of nothing that look just like spun sugar. Luckily for us, tulle is no longer limited to wedding veils or fairytale dresses from our childhood dress-up days, thanks to designers such as Molly Goddard, who paved the way with her punked up, flesh-baring fluoro tulle creations, or Saint Laurent who channelled a rock ‘n’ roll vibe with darker tulle-powered pieces for Spring/Summer ’17.
Tulle is an easy way to add interest to the simplest of outfits. The proof is in our first look where we took a page out of Susie Lau’s book and layered a sheer Opening Ceremony tulle dress over a plain white tee and jeans to give our basics a completely fresh spin. You could also pair tulle with contrasting fabrics to create a sense of balance. Case in point: a pink frilled top worn with a tailored blue-pinstripe shirt and a structured black leather miniskirt. Coloured socks worn with heels will add a playful twist.
For a look that’s more sophisticated, opt for neutral shades like nude or black, like the floorskimming Needle & Thread ballerina skirt I tried next. I toned down the glam with a sporty knit top, platform oxfords and reflective sunglasses. Night out? Grab a minaudière and you’re done.
Top, RM139, Topshop. Shirt, RM199, Violeta by Mango. Skirt, RM2,699, Michael Michael Kors. Bag, RM3,050 and sunglasses, RM1,150, both Marc Jacobs. Heels, RM349, Shoes Shoes Shoes. Socks, RM19, Cotton On. Bangle, RM950, Kenzo at Presence Concept Store
T-shirt, RM139, Topshop. Jeans, RM119, H&M. Dress, approx. RM2,515, Opening Ceremony and heels, approx. RM3,227, Aquazzura, both net-a-porter.com. Bag, RM16,860, Bottega Veneta. Earrings, RM860, Nina Ricci and cuff, RM520, Dyrberg/Kern, both Presence Concept Store
Top, RM1,890, 3.1 Phillip Lim and shoes, RM4,290, Stella McCartney, both Club 21 Multi-label Store. Skirt, approx. RM690, Needle & Thread at net-a-porter.com. Bag, RM119, H&M. Sunglasses, RM1,520, Jimmy Choo. Bracelet, RM1,010, Nina Ricci and ring, RM650, Kenzo, both Presence Concept Store
Top, RM920, Diane von Furstenberg Vanity case, Cartier
Dior Lip Sugar Scrub, RM120 Heels, Balenciaga
Cuff, Givenchy Bag, RM12,430, Gucci M.A.C In The Spotlight Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Show Gold, RM145
Sunglasses, RM2,969, Prada Shirt, Kate Spade