I've been trying to put together outfits for my three days a week of dressing well that throw back to that marvelously fashionable time. One thing I discovered along the way are petticoats... and I'm positive that every woman needs at least one in her wardrobe!
I always thought of petticoats as hard, crunchy, stiff, itchy slips that women use to puff out their dresses. Well it turns out there are different kinds of petticoats. The itchy, stiff ones are actually crinoline petticoats... I don't care for those. However a chiffon petticoat is a thing of luxurious magic! You get the poof without the discomfort. And if you want a stiffer petticoat without the itch factor you can go with an organdy petticoat. Since I don't care for crinolines I'll be telling you about the chiffon and organdy kind.
There are several brands out there, but I've found that one of the best made, and best bang for your buck, is Pettiskirt Style. This brand is handmade in the USA, which is very important to me. It's also female owned and operated, which is also important to me. To top it off they can amake completely custom petticoats & pettiskirts (crinoline, chiffon, and organdy) for you, which some of the other companies out there don't do. Finally the customer service is second to none - which we all know plays a gigantic role in my shopping!!
Ok, so here is why every woman should own a petticoat...
Reason Number One:
The Shopaholic Petticoat. Yes, I'm using this particular petticoat as a reason because omg look at it... it's stunning and blows away every other petticoat in the universe... And this is the same petticoat worn by Isla Fisher in the movie "Confessions of a Shopaholic."
Made of two lush layers of organza organdy (chiffon with an added stiffening agent), and with a layer of netting sandwiched in the middle for additional "poof-power", this petticoat is a technicolor dream!
Though it is a bit sheer toward the top (not see through) it can absolutely be worn as a skirt on it's own - if worn with coordinating petti-panties (shown here) or pettipants (a longer, thigh length panty). Lucky for us Pettiskirt Style offers coordinating panties for it!! Notice the rows of ruffles on my hiney... It's the little details that make this so incredible!!
As you can see it looks just as stunning, and even more dramatic, underneath a full dress or skirt. The colors are so vibrant that they're almost neon! Royal blue, acid yellow-green, and hot pink take my demure Ashley dress in black by Pinup Girl Clothing to the next level. Check out the waves and waves of organdy fabric.. I mean the fullness of this skirt is just so incredible!
And the detailing on this skirt is amazing as well... coordinating ribbon has been sewn in at each tier, and intricate ruching throughout the skirt ensures that it will never fall flat. Being constructed of organdy gives the skirt the fullness and super-poof of a traditional crinoline without being all scratchy and itchy. It's so silky and soft to the touch! If you love a touch of drama in your wardrobe, then this is the petticoat for you! It's also available in festive Mardi Gras colors... and of course Pettiskirt Style makes custom petticoats, so the only limit to this style is your imagination.
Reason Number Two:
Petticoats are old fashioned... and every girl needs a bit of old school glamour in their wardrobe. Seriously. I get more compliments on my clothing when I add a touch of retro flair with a petticoat than when I wear the same dress/skirt without one!
First, this chiffon petticoat is one of the softest, fluffiest things I've ever owned! Second, look at how it takes my Eshakti "Her 50's Dress" from just another cute dress to fan-freaking-tabulous!! I look like I could be headed to a USO swing dance... but really I'm just headed to the grocery store (in mega style).
Instead of the skirt just hanging flat, it poofs it out beautifully... Which creates an hourglass effect, giving the illusion of a smaller waist line... a secret of those well dressed ladies from our grandmothers generation. That's an old fashioned win/win in my opinion!
Oh... and here's another reason two: they're also not old fashioned. It's a modern twist on an old favorite! Wearing a petticoat doesn't mean you have to look like a 1950's prom queen. You can head to the office just as easily as you could head to a swing dance.
Styled with a modern button up shirt and black leather knee high boots, the same royal blue chiffon petticoat from Pettiskirt Style looks just as gorgeous, but completely different, under this lovely peacock gypsy skirt from Heart of Haute!
The vibrant royal blue is such a pretty pop of color and shouldn't be confined strictly to your vintage inspired outfits. As you can see it pairs just as well with a modern styled outfit as it does a retro one. So you should definitely NOT be scared to add this puffy new dimension to your wardrobe!
Reason Number Three:
Dressing up. Let's be honest, most every girl loves to get dolled up and feel special... and a petticoat gives you that certain something, an "oomph" that you won't see on everyone else... because most everyone else doesn't own one!
There's no reason to get all matchy-matchy either. Adding a petticoat of an unexpected color adds a wow factor to your outfit! The purple Beverly dress from Heart of Haute looks like it was made to go with the kelly green chiffon petticoat from Pettiskirt Style. The soft green ruffles peeking out from under a skirt of contrasting color certainly turns heads and garners second looks!
These particular petticoats are made with yard upon yard upon yard of layered chiffon ruffles. Because chiffon is extremely light weight and so soft it adds poof without bulk, making it much easier to move about, and sit in, than a traditional crinoline.
Not only are petticoats great for daily wear, but they're nice to have laying around for those special occasions when you need a costume. Think about how many times you've spent a ton of money on a Halloween costume only to never wear it again... This was my costume for a masked Valentine ball this past weekend. I didn't have to spend a fortune on an outfit because I already had several pieces to work with (including the Pinup Girl Clothing harlequin Jenny skirt). It's nice to have something so versatile as a permanent part of your wardrobe!
Even the cat likes my petticoat. Ha! Petticoats are unexpected glamour, sass, and straight up wardrobe drama... Because who the hell wears petticoats anymore? That's right... YOU do. You will definitely turn heads and make an impression when you wear one. So do yourself a favor, pick one in your favorite color and buy it for yourself!
There we have it... 3 really darn good reasons why every gal needs a petticoat in her wardrobe. Now if I haven't sold you, or you just hate layers of clothing (it's not overly hot, I promise), or if you're still unsure of wearing a petticoat you can always try a pettiskirt. Tulle type pettiskirts are really in this year and Pettiskirt Style sells them in a vast array of colors, lengths, and styles. From the wide ribbon waistbands to the soft cascading ruffles, they're a wearable confection like no other!
All petticoats by Pettiskirt Style.
Wardrobe Styling by Yours Truly.