Monday, March 4, 2013

How to Choose Wedding Petticoat or Hoop Skirt

One of the most puzzling aspects of the wedding dress puzzle can be bridal petticoat or hoop skirt to wear with your gorgeous wedding gown. You want something comfortable but pretty, hidden but flattering. But how to choose wedding petticoat or hoop skirt:

a bride wear wedding slip

Petticoat vs. Hoop Skirt

The main purpose of bridal slips are to give your gown more fullness so which one do you choose? The choice is according to a personal preference. A petticoat has many layers of tulle fabric that ultimately gives your wedding gown its fullness. While a hoop skirt, creates its shape by having plastic or metal hoops inserted in to a piece of fabric. Less fabric makes the hoop skirt more lightweight, which can be more comfortable in warmer settings.

When you are searching for a petticoat or hoop skirt online is to measure the hem circumference of your dress. Take a measuring tape and measure from side-seam to side-seam. An approximate number is all that's really needed, so if you don't have the dress with you, you can use your best estimate.

Tulle Netting Ball-Gown 3 Tier Floor Length Slip Style/Wedding Petticoats

If your dress already includes a crinoline, but you feel it's not full enough, consider adding an a-line petticoat to provide extra volume.

Determine the Right Fullness

The next step is to figure out the fullness. Now, that you know the hem circumference of your dress, take this number and compare it to the petticoat fullness guide. This number represents a range and they recommend that you don't select a slip fuller than your wedding gown unless the weight of your dress material is very heavy as with some silks and satins.

Choose the Waist Size and Closure

The last step is to identify the waist closure that you like best. For the most part, this is simply a personal preference too, but there are a few things you should keep in mind. For example, the drawstring closure offers the most flexibility and the elastic and zipper closure is the most form-fitting option. The strap closure is a great in-between option because it offers the flexibility of the drawstring, but with a smoother look.

Hoop Skirt

A few more things to consider are length and color. Most of crinoline petticoats and hoop skirts are a standard 39" to 40" inches, which is appropriate for floor-length wedding gowns. And if you want to add a little color to your dress? Many of their petticoats are available in red, black, blue or pink.

Tips & Warnings:
  • If you are having an outdoor wedding on a hot day, you may choose to use lightweight cotton for the slip instead of satin.
  • You also can choose a hoop skirt without the fabric, by attaching the hoop boning to vertical strips of twill tape all around the skirt.

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