When and Why Petticoats Are Appropriate

Petticoats are worn to add a fuller shape to your dress or skirt. There are different types which which can be used. Below we point out a few.

Hoop Skirt – Hoop skirts are underskirts that have lightweight hoops to add a bell shape to the dress. The hoops are made out of plastic, nylon, or lightweight steel. A century ago hoop skirts were very heavy and hard for women to wear, but with the lightweight material it does not weigh women down anymore.

Hoop skirts are used for large, full, ball gowns. Similar to dresses seen in “Gone With The Wind”, large a-line or ball gowns need underskirts to keep the full shape of their dress. Hoop skirts are usually made out of cotton or polyester. Practice makes perfect with this undergarment, since it can be difficult to move in.
Crinoline – Crinoline is a common word used for undergarment. While manufacturers love to refer to any undergarment as crinoline, crinoline is usually made out of many layers of tulle or netting. It can be made out of flexible hoop wires to add fullness.

Layer hoops are not always needed, or wanted, with crinoline pettiskirts. Depending on how full the dress needs to be there may only be a need for a layered crinoline undergarment. Crinoline is used in wedding attire, but can be used on other style dresses such as the 50’s style dress.

PetticoatPetticoats can be made out of a lot of different materials, and work with a lot of different dresses. The most popular materials are tulle, cotton, nylon, or netting. Petticoats are flexible in how full they are. There is no set standard for how full or thin they will always be.

Their fullness depends on how full you need the dress to be. Petticoats come in a variety of styles and colors. They are often worn with classic poodle skirts and 50’s dresses. They are a popular choice to wear over hoop skirts so the hoops do not show through the dress.

Slip- A slip is another popular undergarment worn with dresses. A slip, unlike any of the other pettiskirts, is not there to add volume to the dress. It is usually worn to stop dresses from tucking up in between women’s legs while she walks, and to add modesty for sheer dresses.

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