Tulle, once given a bad rep for verging on stereotypical, is back in a big way. But even more so, this fabric trend takes form with an ultra-modern twist: removable tulle overskirts!
There's a reason this gauzy material is known as being so bridal: Its lightness adds an air of romance to any design, it's not like anything else in your daily wardrobe, and it creates princess-worthy volume without adding weight — a key element for brides who want to break it down on the dance floor.
The versatility inherent to a removable overskirt is amazing. You're essentially getting a two-for-one deal when it comes to your wedding dress, especially if you were planning on buying an adorable mini to change into for your reception.
Another great function of the convertible tulle skirt? It creates the same ethereal effect for your ceremony as a veil or train, allowing you to ditch tradition while still looking like a bride. Plus, what's more fun than the element of surprise that comes with a removable item? There's something sexy about it.
Here, a few wedding dresses with removable tulle skirts from recent bridal runways.
Photo: Steve Eichner
Hayley Paige: This bridal design fave went so far as to create a capsule-collection-within-her-collection of interchangeable tulle overskirts called "Love Poets Society." Each skirt featured a completely different mini dress underneath their flowing, ballroom appropriate exterior (see one of the three convertible looks, above!).
*Style 6458, "Conrad" sleeveless lace mini wedding dress with a v-neckline, shown with lace and tulle A-line overskirt, Hayley Paige *
Photo: John Aquino and Steve Eichner
Monique Lhuillier: The second we saw this Monique gown we loved it. The silhouette, especially the overskirt, creates a layered look like that of a polished piece of outerwear — and we just knew there was something special underneath!
"Annabelle" lace A-line wedding dress with an illusion high neckline, beaded details, and an embellished tulle overskirt, Monique Lhuillier
Photo: John Aquino
Theia: Known to set trends, this fashion-forward bridal design house pumped up the volume with this number. And while the tulle overskirt adds that needed umph for the ceremony, there's a sexy, slim-fitting sheath underneath waiting to break loose at the reception!
"Valentina" strapless corded lace sheath wedding dress with a sweetheart neckline and tulle overskirt, Theia