(Closed) Bees with crinoline petticoats please tell me about your experience.

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
137 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

what is the difference between a hoop and a crinoline petticoat? The lady at the boutique I was at offered to sew in an extra layer of netting under the mermaid part to make it flare out more. Wasn’t too sure if that would do the trick or if a petticoat would? Following

Post # 3
6524 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

SimonSaysBride:  I had the crinoline sewn in- it wasn’t a hoop or something I wore seperate. I think mine was just right because it didn’t bother me at all. 

Post # 5
931 posts
Busy bee

SimonSaysBride:  I have to say I havent used either, but hoops end up making things look weird in my opinion….I think petticoats look nicer. That being said I have NO idea how it feels…..

Post # 6
262 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Stanley House Inn

I had crinoline layers for my fit-and-flare. It was super hot and if it rode up at all very itchy – it was 85+ outside in the GA heat and it was still tolerable without making me crazy. I think the layers of the dress and the layers of the petticoat were the reason – I had a lot of layers to get a good flounce.

However, I looooved the way it looked – we had some adorable pictures of us sitting down, and the crinoline really kept a good shape without bowing out the dress like a hoop would do. Also – made it easier to get through doorways, and into the car, and dancing/mingling/hugging were all really easy with the crinoline.


I would choose it again over a hoop, as I like the softer curves of the dress with the petticoat as opposed to the rigid form of a hoop. I feel like hoops should be specific for A-lines and things with a very obvious structure.

Post # 7
1069 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I hated, hated, hated the crinoline I tried on. It was about a million times easier to walk with my hoop skirt, and was definitely cooler and less itchy. By all means try both, but I would choose a hoop over a crinoline 100 times out of 100 for my fit and flare (it had a long train and lots of layers, so was like walking in a sea of material without a hoop to keep my legs clear).

Post # 8
1914 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Dallas, TX

SimonSaysBride:  I had my crinoline sewed in and the seamstress did it underneath one of the layers of dress, so that it didn’t touch my skin. It was completely comfortable and made my mermaid fit dress have more drama at the bottom. Highly recommend.

Post # 10
963 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2015 - On a Cliff Overlooking the Bay, Florida


SimonSaysBride:  I wanted a Petticoat for my A-line to make the end pouf a little so i didn’t need to get 1/2 inch hemmed on my dress and the alterations last said oh i’ll just add an extra layer od crinoline and that will do the trick

Post # 11
335 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I love my hoop! If you are doing anything remotely outside I’d recommend it. The layers were away from my legs and my legs got breathing room. I got an adjustable hoop so I made it a tad smaller. I can’t imagine wearing a hot itchy petticoat for an outdoor wedding as mine will be. I have enough layers on my dress that it didn’t look like I was wearing a hoop. Try em both on and see what u like. 

Post # 12
11051 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

SimonSaysBride: I too had a fit n flare and thought it odd when the assistant suggested a hoop, but I went for it and it does emphasise the flare at the bottom. 

Post # 13
553 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I wore crinoline petiskirt. It added warmth to my legs but it made a world of difference on look and being able to walk without doing the “step kick” to my dress. I took it off at the last hour of my reception. I wouldn’t have had it any other way. 

Post # 14
3036 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

I wore a crinoline slip to several proms and mine has a soft silky slip on the inside so the crinoline is never directly touching your skin. a hoop sounds uncomfortable to me!

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