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How to style a tulle skirt without looking like a child

1. Checked bomber jacket, $44.90, from Zalora, 2. Salmon fine pleated tulle skirt, $19.90, from Zara and 3.Puma x STAMPD Clyde shoe, $190, from Puma
1. Checked bomber jacket, $44.90, from Zalora, 2. Salmon fine pleated tulle skirt, $19.90, from Zara and 3.Puma x STAMPD Clyde shoe, $190, from PumaPHOTO: H&M, IROO, MUJI, PULL & BEAR, PUMA, TOPSHOP, ZALORA, ZARA
1. Rolling Stones T-shirt, $35.90, from Pul l& Bear and 2. Giant tutu tulle skirt, $149, from Topshop
1. Rolling Stones T-shirt, $35.90, from Pul l& Bear and 2. Giant tutu tulle skirt, $149, from TopshopPHOTO: H&M, IROO, MUJI, PULL & BEAR, PUMA, TOPSHOP, ZALORA, ZARA
1. Chambray tunic, $20.70, from Muji,  2.White lace skirt, $126.80, from iRoo and 3. Light grey sandal, $39.90, from H&M
1. Chambray tunic, $20.70, from Muji, 2.White lace skirt, $126.80, from iRoo and 3. Light grey sandal, $39.90, from H&MPHOTO: H&M, IROO, MUJI, PULL & BEAR, PUMA, TOPSHOP, ZALORA, ZARA

The fluffy feminine skirt is back on runways. Pair it with a different texture to avoid looking like a baby doll

How do I wear a tulle skirt and look stylish, not childish?

It has been almost 20 years since American actress Sarah Jessica Parker wore a pink tutu skirt as Carrie Bradshaw in the opening credits of romantic comedy series Sex And The City.

The white fluffy skirt and fitted tank top became an iconic signature look and is still one of the first outfits that come to mind when styling a tulle look.

Tulle skirts are once again back in the limelight with French fashion houses Dior and Rochas and British designer Molly Goddard incorporating the romantic piece into their spring/summer collections.

But the light and often voluminous skirt is not always easy to pull off without one looking too much like a baby doll.

Here are outfit suggestions.

Contrast the flirty feminine piece with some street style. A simple yet classic sneaker paired with a trendy bomber jacket will help add a sporty element to the look.

1. Checked bomber jacket, $44.90, from Zalora , 2. Salmon fine pleated tulle skirt, $19.90, from Zara  and 3. Puma x STAMPD Clyde shoe, $190, from Puma


Give the look an edge with a graphic or rock band T-shirt. Make sure the top is slightly fitted to balance out the volume of the skirt.

1. Rolling Stones T-shirt, $35.90, from Pull & Bear, 2. Giant tutu tulle skirt, $149, from Topshop


Use different textures like denim or chambray to give the outfit a more casual feel. Pair it with simple heels for a grown-up vibe.

1. Chambray tunic, $20.70, from Muji, 2.White lace skirt, $126.80, fromi Roo and 3. Light grey sandal, $39.90, from H&M

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 16, 2017, with the headline 'To float with tulle'. Print Edition | Subscribe