(Closed) American or French bustle? [PICS!] Need help deciding!

posted 8 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Which bustle looks best with my dress?
    American bustle! (one-point overbustle) : (94 votes)
    41 %
    French bustle! (three-point underbustle) : (114 votes)
    50 %
    Neither! Check out my idea/picture inspiration below! : (20 votes)
    9 %
  • Post # 17
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I like the idea of a 3 point over bustle

    Post # 18
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    I like the french, I think the dress shape is nicer. the poll is neck and neck though!

    Post # 19
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    I like the over bustle better.  I may be a little bias though because that’s what I’m doing to my dress. 🙂  Although it will have 5 points…

    Post # 20
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2003

    I had a crazy bustle.. I’m not sure what to call it, but I loved it! (Dont mind the back pinching, I had that fixed 🙂

    Post # 21
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    French. No question.

    Post # 22
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    French!

    I’ve always thought the American-style bustle looks really weird (like you have some sort of demented tail), and to me it always looks like they’re about to fall out/rip off.

    Post # 24
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    @juliapotpie: That is a beautiful bustle (among other beautiful things in that picture, LOL!).

    Post # 25
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2003

    @jenniphyr and @ivorybuttons–Thanks, gals!  Bustles can be tricky, I was grateful my gal created something fun!

    Post # 26
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Yeah I’ve never been a huge fan of the American bustle either, but the french bustle from your seamstress really does look a little wonky.  Cleaned up, I think it can look great!

    Post # 27
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    My dress had a french bustle. I’ll post pics…if I ever get my pro pics back!!!!! I’m so impatient!

    Post # 28
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Now, I’m typically not a fan of french bustles, but on your dress the American just doesn’t look right to me. Of the two options you started with, I would say French. 

    But, I personally like the two photos that have been added much better… so I would keep working with your seamstress to get a better options 🙂 

    Post # 29
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I would go with the American bustle cause of how the bow looks like a triangle shape, and then the american bustle is triangular too…  not sure if that is a good reason, but to me it just looks “right”

     

    @ juliapotpie  I love how your dress looked bustled! Really nice and fancy!

    Post # 30
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    Helper bee

    I had a very delicate chiffon dress with a bustle somewhat similar to kayablondie’s — my underskirt had a French bustle (something like 4-5 points) and the single chiffon layer had a 3-point American bustle that attached close to my waist.  I thought it came out beautifully — you almost couldn’t tell it was bustled at all!  I danced for hours that night and nothing broke!  I don’t have any great pictures of it; the best I could find is this one that’s kind of from the side…

    P.S. I just saw this thread and didn’t realize it was old!  How did you end up bustling your dress?

    Post # 31
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @lovekiss:  love your idea of the 3 point american bustle. i’ve also heard that american bustles have a tendency to break but i really prefer it for my dress.

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