Petticoats are elaborate underskirts that have been in existence ever since the late 1500’s. They've been worn by women in one variation or another through the past five centuries.
The reasons for wearing petticoats stemmed from the fact that a woman wore these items of clothing simply to create a feminine silhouette; a shape that that gives the impression of a tiny waist with an enhanced bust when combined with a corset.
They were full, stiff, and in all truthfulness, uncomfortable. But the beauty in sashaying and swaying was definitely worth wearing them.
Generally stiff, full and sometimes layered, petticoats “would hold the over-skirt or dress out in a pleasingly domed shape” but the sheer weight of this lingerie coupled with extremely tight boned corsets usually caused fainting spells amongst women of class.
Considered Stylish and Fashionable
'Full-bodied' Was Considered Stylish and Fashionable
At the time when being full-bodied; what we call plus size today, was truly fashionable, layered petticoats were very much desired, especially by Victorian women, who associated being large with affluence , good health, and belonging to the higher rungs of the social structure.
Petticoats not only visually added to their size, its sheer swirling volume oozed of luxury and opulence, something that made the traditional woman very comfortable and proud . . . hardly surprising, since being slim or skinny was associated with low class, ill-health, and poverty.
Why You Should Have a Petticoat in Your Wardrobe
Petticoats are back and they come in a range of vintage inspired styles in varying lengths, textiles, and colours. And they can be worn as under garments or as outer skirts with a bustier or corset.They are popular amongst today’s brides who desire lavish weddings that generally require grand bridal dresses. The idea behind wearing grandiose wedding dresses is mainly to bring back the swirling charm of the vintage period with luxurious gowns that gives them the true feeling of classic femininity, reminiscent of a glorious past era.
You will even find some brides choose their petticoats and other bridal lingerie (corsets, bras, stockings, and garters) before picking their gowns, thereby basing the style of their outfits around their choice underskirt.
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Petticoats are also worn as outer skirts by fashion forward plus size women who are bold, sexy and ‘cheeky’; women who make their own fashion rules and are comfortable with their own desires.
Any which way, petticoats are perfect for women who wish to create a different look, for occasion wears, festivals and costume parties.
6 Ways to Wear This Hot Plus-Size Lingerie
- Wear petticoats with vintage inspired swing dresses for that authentic vintage look!
- Pair with short leather heeled boots (a great style), and thigh high stockings.
- Combine with a cotton camisole and high heels for a simple but gorgeous ensemble.
- Make it the perfect combination with a bustier or lace-up corset for a vintage inspired look.
- For a stylish look for an evening out, wear this under-skirt with a tank top, a smart cropped jacket and vintage style costume jewellry.
- Wear one with multiple layers of ultra-soft tulle that drapes beautifully, combined with steel-boned corset and leggings.
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