Pinup Girl Clothing Canvas Underskirt (below) was sort of a splurge purchase one day while I was shopping on PUG's website, because I saw it was only $36 and it was made of a fabric I'd never tried before in a petticoat. As you can see, the waist is a thick, elasticized band with two snaps and it is two tiered layers of canvas fabric. The photo in the middle is what the petticoat usually looks like when you're out and about which is what makes it my recommendation for any lady looking for non-dramatic petticoat.
The photo to the right is what it looks like when you puff it up a bit. I absolutely love how this petticoat fits when it looks like this, the elasticized band nips your waist, it gives the hips of your dress the perfect amount of fullness and it doesn't give petticoat lines. However, your dress will sort of have a wilting flower affect and you'll notice throughout your evening out, the fullness of your dress will start getting rather flat, if you're looking for dramatic fullness, this probably isn't for you.
"Medium" Fullness: Pictured below are the American Apparel Petticoat Slip Skirt (left) and the Multi-Layered Reversible Petticoat (right.) When I first started wearing circle skirts and swing dresses I struggled for so long to find a petticoat that would provide me with the right enough "poof." June is a genius and discovered that by layering the multi-layered reversible petticoat (which I refer to as the ‘short petticoat’) under the petticoat slip skirt, you end up with a lovely shape that doesn’t create awkward petticoat lines or look strange when you walk.
The reason I LOVE this combination is because it is so comfortable. These petticoats aren't itchy like other petticoats, and I wear them for more casual occasions like sitting at my desk for 9 hours a day (these are the petticoats we actually both wear to work if we wear one at all to work.) These are a great option when you want your skirt a bit fuller, but not too much. Also, perhaps another reason this combination is so comfortable is because it isn't hot. It gets so hot in Georgia that if I can have layers without sweating that is magical!
How to wear a petticoat is entirely up to the wearer and their body type. Since Amelia is tall with a freakishly long torso, she tends to wear her petticoats lower on her hips, which helps diminish any unsightly petticoat lines. June wears her petticoat higher up/at her natural waist which creates volume and stops the petticoat from peaking out under your dress. Generally, the higher up you wear the petticoat, the fuller your dress/skirt will be, but the more you have to worry about a petticoat line.
We are actually wearing the exact same version of this petticoat in the photo below. Amelia has had this petticoat since January and it has started to lose a lot of it's fullness even with regular trips to the dryer to 'fluff' it back up. June recently replaced hers because she kept standing up from putting on her makeup and stepping on the hemline and finally, somehow managed to rip it irreparably. There is a pretty big difference in this petticoat from "brand new" to "loved" especially if you're wearing it multiple times weekly like we are. However, if you're only wearing it every once and a while, you two should have a long, happy life together.
Another thing about this petticoat that makes it our favorite, is that is comes in varying lengths and colors. The "short" version of this petticoat runs at about 20.5 inches and is the one we both wear. June wears it because she's only 4'11" and Amelia wears it because she prefers for her petticoat not to show. But we also found the "long" version to be excessively long. The "long" version of this petticoat measures at about 24 inches which you would think would fit JUST under the hemline of an average skirt but the way it's made puts it about mid-calf/right above the ankle and also, the majority of the fullness is at your hemline, producing more of a "bell shape" than an overall fullness.
There is no wrong way to wear a petticoat it's all about what you feel comfortable in and the look you're trying to achieve! If you've been searching for a petticoat we hope this helps you find what you're looking for. Here are a few of the options for the Hell Bunny Petticoat that we love so much: