Truth be told, when I’ve mentioned that I’m putting together a story on the return of the bubble skirt to colleagues, the instantaneous nature of them replying with a disgusted “no” is almost laughable. It’s true; the bubble skirt doesn’t have the best rap. And though my personal jury is still out on whether or not I’ll be wearing it again, it’s undeniable that bubble skirts are back on the market.
To present this unsettling information to you, I dug through the archives to find a few throwback examples of the bulbous silhouette, as well as current runway and celebrity examples that prove it can be made to feel modern and (dare I say it?) cool. You be the judge.
1980s: Jane Seymour next to designer Christian Lacroix in a striped bubble dress.
1987: Princess Diana styled a white double-breasted blazer over her bubble dress in Cannes.
2006: Actress Selma Blair sported the bubble at a Marc Jacobs fashion show.
Louis Vuitton S/S 16
Victoria Beckham F/W 16
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Monse F/W 16
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For this year's amfAR gala, Karolína Kurková styled a lavender strapless cocktail dress with metallic Tamara Mellon heels.
Amal Clooney tried out a bubble skirt look straight from the F/W 16 Monse runway.
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You make Louis Vuitton look good, Selena Gomez.
We like how fresh and youthful Elle Fanning looks in her Blvgari sunnies and all-white bubble ensemble.
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Alicia Vikander's strapless Louis Vuitton gown at the Oscars reminded us of Belle in the best way possible.