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Can I wear a petticoat to a wedding?! Advice please! :0)

(25 Posts)
jojomama4321 Sat 06-Jun-15 21:51:31

Hi Ladies,

I have just started getting into vintage (well vintage style) clothes and am really getting into their dresses. I am a bigger girl (size 20 on a good day) and really like how they look on me which has taken me a while (used to be a size 12- that's a story for another time!)

My question is.. I have been invited to a good friend's wedding and really want to wear one of my dresses but I want to wear it with a petticoat underneath as it really makes the dress.

I have these 2 dresses and want to wear one with a petticoat

(I have a bit of an obsession with this website i can't keep away from it lol)

My hubby says I can't wear it with a petticoat as he thinks it will look too much and it might overshadow the bridesmaids who are wearing simple dresses but i think he is being daft.


PS. Also which dress do you prefer out the two? I have a white petticoat xx

PattiODoors Sat 06-Jun-15 21:55:34

I would pair the white petticoat with the polka dot dress (am on stupid tinyphone and pic looks like blue and white)

For a wedding though - I love the floral but would baulk at a petti

jojomama4321 Sat 06-Jun-15 22:00:48

OMG now I have just seen this one! #confused love them all! haha looking at their website is not helping as i keep seeing more and more lol xx

midnightvelvet01 Sat 06-Jun-15 22:01:21

I love that floral dress!

My idea of a petticoat is a white satin slip that my grandmother wore under skirts. Do you mean a voluminous ruffle one as I don't have a clear idea of what you mean, sorry x

HemlockStarglimmer Sat 06-Jun-15 22:13:08

My initial thought was how would anyone know if you were wearing underwear under your clothes.confused But now I see that it is to change the outline of the dress.

If I were the bride I would love you to wear what made you feel good on the day. Go for it!

QueenofLouisiana Sat 06-Jun-15 22:15:20

Love the last one, beautiful! Would look amazing with a petticoat.

BikeRunSki Sat 06-Jun-15 22:15:51

With that type of dress yes, wear a petticoat. I prefer the greenish floral one.

cosmicglittergirl Sat 06-Jun-15 22:23:04

I've worn a 50s style dress with an underskirt. Looked brilliant.

measles64 Sat 06-Jun-15 22:25:18

Definitely a petticoat is needed for this style of dress. My Mother had amazing petticoats for these dresses, I used to play in them.

Withalittlesparkle Sat 06-Jun-15 22:26:17

I wore a similar dress to the floral one to a wedding, with a white petticoat and felt fab in it, something a bit fun. I ended up taking the petticoat off though as it was a ridiculously hot day and my poor legs couldn't handle it.

Another websites to browse with the same/similar dresses is polkadots and petticoats

cosmicglittergirl Sat 06-Jun-15 22:28:46

Posted too soon.
At a wedding. I think it's fine.
People wore them at mine too and it didn't occur to me to think it might over shadow me. Do it!

burnishedsilver Sat 06-Jun-15 22:34:35

I think the floral one with a white tulle underskirt would be a bit OTT. The polka dot would be better.

I like the third dress best but you'd need a dark petticoat, not white.

WanderWomble Sat 06-Jun-15 22:34:49

Net petticoats can be a bit scratchy and uncomfortable if you're wearing them for a long time.

The Ophelia dress is gorgeous and will look fab on- I have one in dark red. I wear black shoes/petticoat/belt with it and always get complements.

5madthings Sat 06-Jun-15 22:38:13

Yes! I went to a wedding a few weeks ago and wore this with cream petticoat. Got lots if compliments, I have a few dresses and petticoats from Elsie's Attic and lindy bop etc. My own wedding dress that I wore last week was fifties style in ivory with a turquoise petticoat that matched my shoes

5madthings Sat 06-Jun-15 22:39:30

All my net petticoats have an underskirt/lining so aren't scratchy. You can get the petticoats much cheaper on amazon Btw

5madthings Sat 06-Jun-15 22:41:31

My wedding dress and petticoat!

Go for it this style us fab and perfect for weddings.

5madthings Sat 06-Jun-15 22:44:19

And it's fab to wear a contrasting petticoat with the dress. So with the dark dres a cream or bright coloured petticoat say red? Would be dab.

My friend whose wedding I wore the dress with petticoat to didn't feel over shadowed at all. As long as it's not an ivory/bridal dress go for it.

Pipbin Sat 06-Jun-15 22:44:44

I wear this style of dress and have loads of them. I wear the petticoats all the time, around the house, to the shops etc.

Runningupthathill82 Sat 06-Jun-15 22:46:44

I've been to weddings in my Lindy Bop dress with petticoat. Go for it!

Flyinggeese21 Sun 07-Jun-15 00:10:36

Go for it Jojo! These dresses with a petticoat are 'dressed up' but not bridal so you'll be fine.

TisILeclerc Sun 07-Jun-15 09:22:43

I've worn two lindy bop dresses to two weddings. Both with their red petticoat. I had so many compliments on both occasions. Do it! smile

SoupDragon Sun 07-Jun-15 09:38:33

I think the polka dot one would look fab with a white petticoat. I think it's the best choice for a wedding as it's classic and simple IMO.

The third one you posted is also nice but I think the style and a plain colour is more of a bridesmaid look than the others. Not really bridesmaidy though. It would be fab for a non wedding formal do.

Personally I find the floral one too fancy and OTT for my taste but that's just me!

BerylStreep Sun 07-Jun-15 09:44:01

I like the floral one.

5MadThings - Congrats on your wedding day - you look fab.

louwn Sun 07-Jun-15 19:03:09

I have worn a petticoat to a relatively informal wedding in a pub. Looked great, got lots of compliments. The bride wore something similar to you 5madthings and looked great - similar sort of teal colour. Congratulations by the way.

avocadotoast Sun 07-Jun-15 19:03:55

Someone wore a petticoat to my wedding and I didn't care. But then mine was quite an informal wedding!

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