Wedding season is upon us! And with it the pleasant trouble of picking out the perfect outfit. The good news? I’ve done all the thinking for you. (Well, for myself, actually.) Be it your best gay friend’s Scottish castle ceremony, an old school buddy’s bohemian wedding in San Francisco, a coworker’s matrimonio in the Italian countryside, or you musician pal’s totally casual knot-tying on a boat, I’ve got you covered for outfits that will have you feeling at ease and looking stylish – with just one skirt.
Allow me to introduce you to Akari – a small, Czech company specialising in skirts, and especially in luxuriant, layered, rich tulle tutus made from metres and metres of fabric. I recently purchased mine and it was exactly what I’ve been dreaming of since I was 10 years old. Well made from quality material, the wrap-around concept ensuring that one size fits all, they can be dressed up or down and are absolutely perfect to wear to weddings.
And because it’s been a while since I’ve last played stylist on Polyvore, here are four different ways you can style your tutu for this summer’s ceremonies. (If you’d like a tutu of your own and don’t live in the Czech Republic, try contacting Akari here. Or, if we’re friends, contact me! We’ll work something out.)
The great thing about Akari tutus is that the layers of tulle can be puffed up for those extra special occasions when you need to look your grandest. For that über-formal wedding, pair the skirt with a glittering silver camisole top and a crisp white blazer, complemented by simple white pumps. Add oomph with a few select pieces of statement jewellery and a fascinator in the style of the royals of the Old Continent. Round off the look with a clutch reminiscent of interwar Great Gatsby glamour of the New World.
Informal yet elegant, understated yet adorned. This is an in-between look perfect for any kind of ceremony. Wrap your tutu over a stylish silk blouse and pair with sexy kitten heels. Play up the basic combination with some tasselled earrings and a jingly jumbo bracelet, which will serve as percussion to accentuate your congratulatory applauses to the newly married couple. This is probably my favourite look, and one that truly puts the tutu to prominence.
When the moon hits your eye, like a big pizza pie, that’s amore! I’m not sure I can think of a better place to get married than Italy. And certainly no better place to wear an outfit that compliments your curves! In the style of Gina Lollobrigida and Sofia Loren, don the full-bodied tutu to show off your waist and a cropped off-the-shoulder top to accentuate your bosom. Add dainty sandals, a lavish sun hat, and the obligatory sunglasses (not to be taken off even at night!). To honour one of the most magical ingredients produced by the fertile soils of Italy, I picked a lemon-themed handbag and earrings to complement the ensemble.
Honestly, sneakers may be the best shoes to go with your tutu. How fortunate that they’re also the perfect footwear for that casual wedding where you bring your own wine, hear the bridal march rendered by a tentative ukulele, and eat hot dogs and ice cream sprawled on a fragrant lawn. Add a simple striped t-shirt and a sassy clutch for a festively laid-back look.