Tutus are pretty damn underappreciated.
I am going to go super girly on everyone this week. I had the pleasure of working during the Lady Gaga concert this week, selling tickets to all of her amazing fans. The one clothing item that was super trendy in front of the arena all day seemed to be the tutu. I didn’t think much of it until I was giving will call tickets to this incredibly beautiful man who had bedazzled his jean jacket. I looked down to see the rest of his outfit, and he had concocted the fluffiest tutu I had ever laid eyes on.
I have made a tutu before. I bought ribbon and material and strung it together while watching Animal House for the first time on the floor of my beach house in college (Yes, I said “beach house”. For my last semester of college, I lived in Mission Beach just steps away from the sand because it was actually cheaper than living in the dorms on campus.). This is how I know that he made the tutu himself. It’s not a difficult task, but it is time consuming. I was making mine because I was too cheap to buy the official Katy Perry “California Gurls” Halloween costume, and I had to dress like a cupcake. Pastel blue, yellow and pink were what I honed in on, and I’d like to think I did a pretty good job with it (but in reality, it looked like it got ran over shortly before I put it on). Also, in the case of making a tutu, they get wrinkled really very easily.
But not this guy’s tutu. It was so full and he had taken the time to put little crystal designs in it. It looked like it fell from heaven—along with his makeup. Don’t even get me started. And, for the first time all day, I found myself completely and totally jealous. I mean, tutus are impractical for every day use. Unless you’re five years old and your mom can’t rip a tiara from your head. I was never into tutus. I made one for my friend’s daughter out of the extra fabric from mine, and she wore it for all of two seconds. I don’t think kids can appreciate being able to just wear whatever they want. When you get older, it’s only socially acceptable to wear tutus during the day… never. The last person I saw do this was a man who is a regular in New York’s Union Square and dances on shopping carts, preaching about Jesus and aliens.
He’s a marvelous man, but he’s the only one in a tutu.
Tutus remind me of childhood. Of the little people who want to grow up and be princesses. We all have the potential to be a princess, but not all of us realize it. And the majority of us won’t have the urge to dress the part until it’s simply too late.
So kudos to everyone who wears tutus in broad daylight (Sorry, Halloween doesn’t count.). And if you ever decide to make one and it turns out as ridiculously amazing as the man who dazzled at the Gaga concert, then I beg you to consider crafting one for me. Because I work from home often. And it’s perfectly acceptable for me to be a princess in my own home.
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