What to wear to a cocktail party, featuring tulle

Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: Top- Guess (similar), Skirt- Needle & Thread, Shoes- Christian Louboutin, Bag- Vintage (similar)

To tulle or not to tulle, that is the question. Today I’m making the case of why you should definitely tulle, and even more definitely in this maxi blush gorgeousness of a skirt.

I’m giving you my take on what to wear to a rooftop cocktail party. Rooftops and cocktails here in D.C. go together like Congress and gridlock. Isn’t there something just glamorous about sipping a glass of rose (dry, not too sweet), lounging on an armchair overlooking the skyline? And if you want to be glam (and who doesn’t?), you’ll need something to wear that will match your new level of sophistication.

tulle skirt

Here’s where the tulle skirt comes in. No longer reserved for ballerinas, tulle adds a feminine touch, and the key is to balance with sleek lines and classic cuts. This skirt is the definition of dreamy, and to bring it just a bit down to earth (not too much of course), I paired it with a shiny black crop top. And then to completely bring it out of this world, I added the most classic pair of louboutins and a vintage beaded purse. Of course both of these pieces are absolute classics, but they’re so luxe that the outfit is elevated to new heights. And to think, it all started with tulle.

The most important element of a rooftop cocktail party is fun, and this is really what this look does; it keeps things fun. I mean who would think to match a cropped top with a tulle maxi skirt? Boldness aside, I’m telling you it works because there’s balance and a little bit of not taking yourself too seriously.

I’m linking to current favorite tulles here, here, and here. Also my favorite rooftop spots in D.C. here and here. And a quick plug for my old building, which has one of the best rooftops in the city (link to the building here). Coming up I want to do a review of The Graham Hotel rooftop, so be on the lookout. In the meantime, keep up with my adventures on Instagram.


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