(Closed) So….what's a bustle?

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 4
363 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

If you have a train you needto bustle up the train so it is the same length as the rest of the dress. Usually this is done with buttons or ties throughout the back of the skirt

Post # 5
2810 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

A bustle is a means of keeping your train up so it’s not dragging behind you all the time. there are a few different ways and types of bustle. Mine had a little button halway up and a loop on the train so I could just pull the loop over the button and voila! my train was up off the floor!

Post # 6
2065 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

It’s basically a way to pin up your dress’s train after the ceremony so you can walk around at the reception without tripping or dragging a long train behind you! Here’s mine for an example. It was a 7-point French bustle.

Post # 7
627 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Many dresses have trains that are beautiful for the ceremony, but not functional during a reception (aka you’d be stepping all over it, tripping, etc.)  Bustles are a visually appealing way of getting the train out of the way after the ceremony is over.  There are many different types of bustles and the best bustle for your dress would depend on your preference as well as how your dress is made.  I’ll try to find a pic of mine…

EDIT:  I see other users have posted theirs.  We must have all been posting at the same time!  🙂

Post # 8
2808 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

A bustle is where you tie the train up to the back of your dress to get it off the floor. There are a lot of different variations based on the type of look you want and how your train is composed, but I will toss in a few of my wedding pics so you can see what I mean.


Bustled for pics and the reception:

Make sense? Hope this helps!

Post # 9
5472 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

PP’s have answered your question pretty well, but here is a side-by-side of an over & an under bustle.  Depending on your gown, one might work better than the other.

Post # 11
2808 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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@BetterSherm:  Most dresses don’t come with a bustle installed…it’s something that your seamstress would do during the alterations process. You’re on the right track!

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