Excuse the mirror selfie, but Amelia and I have been getting lots of questions on Instagram for a while now about if we wear a petticoat/what kind of petticoat we wear. Well let me tell you, yes we wear petticoats and to me they're like hair: the BIGGER the better (it's one of those Steel Magnolia, the bigger the hair, the closer to God, southern things). That being said, I thought I'd write reviews about all of the petticoats I own and tell a little bit about them. I'm including photos of me wearing them with a circle skirt to give an idea about length, fullness, etc. Note, I'm a little lady (5 feet tall little) so I'm going to try to give pretty specific detail about length.
American Apparel Petticoat Slip Skirt: Because I liked the fabric of the shorter American Apparel petticoat so much, I thought I'd try the longer one. I'm also a sucker for ballet pink; not only is it cute, but it doesn't show through when worn under lighter colored items. Sadly, while this one was long enough, it provided almost no fullness to my dresses and skirts which was a total bummer. I think including the word petticoat and the word slip in the name of the same item, is an oxymoron. It's definitely more of a slip and. I wouldn't recommend it as a petticoat.
Hell Bunny Va Va Voluminous Petticoat (short): My first experience with Hell Bunny petticoats was trying on Amelia's 24 inch one (it's referred to now as the "long" Hell Bunny petticoat), we literally laughed at how ridiculously long it was: IT HIT MY ANKLES. It was also really long on Amelia and she's 5'7", needless to say, she returned it. We saw Modcloth post the shorter version which was 20.5 inches and I wouldn't have purchased it if I hadn't had a store credit, but we were curious, so I did. Well, I'm so glad I bought it. While it's still longer than most petticoats, it's not so long that it's hanging below my hemlines (this is a preference thing, I know some ladies want their petticoats to show, but I consider it an "undergarment"). It also provides a dramatic amount of fullness even to my circle skirts made of a thicker/heavier material, like the Pinup Girl Clothing Jenny Skirt. If I had to recommend any petticoat in this post where you'd get the most for your money and love the result, this would be my recommendation (white isn't the only color option). I will say, it's a bit itchy and sometimes hard to sit on, but you're also not having to layer multiple items like the American Apparel ones I recommended above, so it's cooler in the summer. I also think it provides a slightly better shape. Remember, the 20.5 inch one not the 24 inch one.
(Below are some of the items worn in this post)