Trends & Style

The Tulle Overdress Is the Year's Unlikeliest, Most Tempting Trend


What’s fluffy, sheer, and looks like spun sugar? Potentially your next big purchase. Just when we thought we’d tried every layering trick in the book, the tulle overdress—worn on top of jeans, slips, and everything in between—emerged as one of the most unexpected trends in recent memory.

At Miu Miu Spring ’16, frothy clouds of tulle lent an off-kilter, sticky-sweet vibe to Miuccia Prada’s twisted coats and negligees. Fast-forward to Pre-Fall and Stella McCartney’s take was just as surprising: Among her signature pantsuits and plush knits were ruched, featherweight tulle frocks haphazardly layered over brocade pants. But it’s London designer Molly Goddard we can credit for initially turning us on to “tulle toppers”: While studying at Central Saint Martins, she debuted a collection of ruched and smocked tulle creations inspired by baby dresses. “I still have loads of the clothes I wore as a child,” Goddard tells “I blew up photos of dresses on the photocopier and made patterns from that—I love the strange proportions.” Whether you’re channeling your childhood dress-up days or just want to impart your look with something sweet, find inspiration in the 10 best looks below.

Miuccia Prada’s ankle-length ballerina skirt for Miu Miu was accessorized with ballet slippers and a crown.
Photo: Monica Feudi /

At Molly Goddard’s Spring ’16 presentation, girls milled around a “sandwich shop” in her candy-colored frocks.
Photo: Courtesy of Molly Goddard

At MSGM Pre-Fall ’16, Massimo Giorgetti layered sheer, ruched dresses over Beetlejuice boots for a “grungy” vibe.
Photo: Courtesy of MSGM

This swath of jet-beaded tulle from Givenchy’s Pre-Fall collection would make a cool alternative to your Le Smoking.
Photo: Courtesy of Givenchy

Stella McCartney’s sheer T-shirt dresses were thrown on top of bustier-inspired slips—felines sold separately.
Photo: Courtesy of Stella McCartney

Topshop Unique softened up a biker jacket and slick boots with a wisp of flowery tulle.
Photo: Courtesy of Topshop’s Phil Oh snapped this photo of Susie Lau in a Molly Goddard dress during the Spring ’16 shows.
Photographed by Phil Oh

For his last Dior collection, Raf Simons sent out a parade of fresh pieces with scalloped edges, like this dress layered over shorts and a crop top.
Photo: Yannis Vlamos /

Smack in the middle of Givenchy’s Fall ’16 menswear show was this haute couture gown, complete with a glittering jeweled overlay.
Photo: Monica Feudi /

A look from couture newcomer Yacine Aouadi’s recent presentation.
Photo: Courtesy of Aouadi
Source: Vogue