Petticoats… those fluffy frilled undergarments for that truly 1950’s swing silhouette. But which brands are actually comfortable and worth the money?
Well personally, petticoats frustrate me and I honestly hardly ever wear them. When I’m sitting down for most of my day at work I don’t want to feel itchy or uncomfortable because a petticoat is pressed against my legs.
I love wearing swing and circle skirts without a petticoat, as well as slimmer 40’s style skirts and dresses. When I wear swing skirts I usually just have an underskirt because I don’t feel the need to look poofy. I prefer a simple cotton or silky slip under my dresses. I’m a modern day gal and petticoats aren’t something I want to wear with everyday wear. For photo shoots, or very special occasions I’ll definitely think about wearing a petticoat.
There a tons of nasty, cheaply made petticoats out there but I’ve included three brands below which I’ve worn myself and can vouch for.
- New Zealand brand TaylorMade Petticoats are so soft and lovely. A great option for anyone wanting a quality, handmade petticoat. I was first introduced to these petticoats at Rita Sue where they are also stocked. Sizes are small, medium and large and start at around $95.00 NZD. Unfortunately she only ships within New Zealand at this time.
- Malco Modes is a long standing US based company who have been doing this for ages. They do some really lovely petticoats where the underskirt is made of nylon organza for a much softer feel against the skin. They also offer pettipants.
- UK Boutique Honey Pie has full net petticoats ready-made to choose from or double luxury custom made petticoats. They are custom options of 3 layers also which is perfect for wedding dresses or heavier skirt fabrics. Prices start from around 56 pounds for a 2 layer custom creation.
- Banned – Sold at Kabella Baby – really soft
Underskirts are a great modern alternative, and they can be created out of a stiffer more shapely fabric to give you a similar shape to a petticoat. I brought myself an underskirt from Pinup Girl Clothing. While I no longer purchase from PUG, you can read about my review of their underskirt.
- New Zealand made CurvyCouture by Judy Dee can make underskirts.
- Pettipants are super similar to long shorts but can also be short. They are usually made from silk or satin and have cute ruffles! The longer versions are perfect for eliminating chafing. TaylorMade Petticoats also have pettipants available.
- Slips – I buy cute silk, satin and lace half slips from local op shops all the time, they’re perfect for underneath anything sheer. I know here in New Zealand, Farmers has a really nice range of slips, camisoles and body suits for reasonable prices.
You could even think about sewing your own creation! I’ve seen plenty of DIY petticoat tutorials online where you can pick and choose your own fabrics. Stiff outer fabric for all your poofy dreams, and a silky lining for zero itch. The opportunities are endless.
Which ever you choose, petticoats aren’t for everyone and it’s totally okay if you’re like me and don’t even enjoy wearing them. But if you do, make sure you invest in something that’s comfortable, the right length and doesn’t leave you feeling with an endless itch.
Have I missed a great brand off this list? Let me know in the comments below so I can add it in.