Post # 1
I ordered my dress Monday! It’s Alfred Angelo 2118. I’m thinking of adding a crinoline to it. I want a tiny bit more poof, and I want to color the crinoline. I’ve seen on the boards that some people opted for a hoop to keep their legs cooler under the dress so I started thinking of adding a small hoop slip. I found that hoops can be taken out so I could dye the slip and put the hoop back. I’ve also read where a lot of people say that hoops break easily and are hard to sit down in. Has anyone had any experience with adding a hoop? What about when you added your regular crinoline? Was it really hot?
Post # 3
I’ve had no experience but I will be wearing crinoline with my dress to help with the shape of it.
Post # 4
I wore a crinoline slip under my dress (A-line chiffon doesn’t keep an A-line shape without a slip – I didn’t want the chiffon floating around my legs – I wanted the A-line look). Yes – the crinoline was hot when I put it on and was getting ready to take it off. But I was so busy and taking in so much the rest of the day that I never noticed the crinoline heat.
Post # 5
Thanks for the replies ladies. Anyone else?
Post # 6
I tried on the crinoline with my dress and I was definitely surprised at how hot it was. But it was wayy too big for the dress and I think that added to it. You can get your seamstress to sew extra layers (after you’ve dyed them) into just the bottom of your dress so you don’t have to deal with a slip – I’m considering doing this
Post # 7
I don’t have any experience with a hoop, but I will be wearing a huge crinoline under my ballgown because I want as much poof as possible. I suggest that you try a couple of options on with your gown when you recieve it, so you get an idea of what will give you the look you want. Make sure to dance around, sit, and walk in it, so you know how comfortable it will be. If you can try some on with a sample gown, that would be an option too.
Post # 8
I wore a hoop under my gown and it wasn’t hot at all. As a matter of fact, I think it made it more “airy” since the satin didn’t lay directly on my skin. Go for it!
Post # 9
Neither of the bridal salons I went to carried crinolines in their store 🙁 I plan to try some on, but there’s not a lot of stores that carry a variety of them in my area.
@melisslp: Did you have just a small hoop? How hard was it to sit in?
Post # 11
The trick for hoops is to lift the dress from the back when sitting.
I have a crinoline for my dress and I love it. Not scratchy or hot and it added just the right amount of poof I needed for my dress. You can have one added into the dress also or have one made for just the right amount.
Post # 12
I’m adding a regular crinoline to give my skirt a bit more volume. No hoop. I’m having a July wedding, so I assume I’ll be warm no matter what, but I love the effect the crinoline has on my dress!
Post # 13
I’ve worn a hoop before (though not for a modern dress… It’s for my renaissance reenactment stuff. I’m such a nerd). They’re a little difficult to sit in, but as long as you’re getting a smaller one, I think you’ll be okay. You just have to remember to sit on the very edge of the chair. The real problem that lots of people forget with hoops is walking. They take practice to walk in so you don’t look like a ringing bell. Small steps are key.
Also, you’ll definitely need a bathroom buddy with a hoop.
Post # 14
I’ll be wearing dyed crinoline, but I’ll probably only wear it for pics and take it off if I get too hot 🙂
Post # 15
@GreenEyedMoon: I didn’t even thinkg about going to the bathroom! Thanks for tips!
Post # 16
I had a 3 hoop and it made a world of difference. It was cooler, I was able to sit/stand/kneel at our mass without tripping up, I could move, I could also do things more easily without help as the hoop holds the dress away from your body. It also made it lighter. I also didn’t spend a lot of money on a fancy one, it was about $25 from china off ebay… Hoops saved my life 😉 I tried a non-hoop for a while because I was nervous of hoops, boy, I was mad at myself for taking so long to convert… it was so much more comfortable. I did have a silk/satin with lace overlay full ball gown however.