Your favorite bustle look!

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
731 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

I honestly despise all bustles haha. I’ve seen some that are “tucked under” (I don’t know the name of it) that look pretty good! I think a lot of it depends on your dress. Is it lace? Satin? Do you have a pic? That would probably help! 

Post # 3
443 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

I just got my bustle done and I have to day it looks great,better than I thought. I didn’t even tell her what I wanted but my dress has leave edging and she kept that showing. It’s tucked under with the edge still showing. I went to a local dress designer to get my alterations done. 

Post # 4
3560 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

chachamaru :  largely it depends on the dress. The two most common bustle styles are the American and French. I typically hate French bustles – The tucked under look just seems so sloppy/diaperish. I like the American ones when placed well. I LOVE Austrian bustles (look it up – it’s like a roman shade), but they only seem to really work/look good on certain fabrics. If you good wedding dress bustle styles, there are entire webpages devoted to explaining the different bustle options. 

What kind of dress do you have. 

Post # 5
806 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015 - Southern Plantation House

I hate bustles were they tuck under (I don’t know the correct name), but I loved mine! Picture is from an alterations appointment where it’s not quite finished yet.


Post # 6
120 posts
Blushing bee

Do you have a photo of the back of your dress? I like different bustles on different dresses. For example if your dress is fitted at the rear like with a mermaid silhouette, a French bustle sometimes works better because it doesn’t pull the fabric away from your rear and preserves the shape. With a standard/American hustle the weight of the train attached higher at the back will pull the dress away from the body slightly.

Post # 7
1352 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - The Lodge at Little Seneca Creek

I think it all depends on your dress style/fabric. Could you share a picture?

I generally dislike the look of bustles. I’m actually having my chapel train chopped off to be a brush train and won’t be bustling it. If I were going to bustle it, I would have preferred the French bustle (I think tucked under looks SO much better than pulling the fabric up on top, which looks kind of cheap/lazy to me), but a French bustle wouldn’t have worked for the type of fabric on my dress ayway.

Post # 8
603 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2016 - Athol Hall, Mosman

It depends on silhouette but personally I like the train flip (train gets bustled under the skirt instead of over so that it appears to have never had a train in the first place. I originally requested that for my ballgown but the bridal salon said that because my train was made of tulle and was so heavy that it might’ve ended up damaging my dress so on the day I had to come up with a makeshift modified American bustle using nappy pins. 


Post # 9
394 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2017

My dress had a long train, I was never concerrned about which bustle I was getting. 

I paid to have Rosa Clara’s seamstress with me; before wedding to help me get dress and after ceremony and pics to make the bustle! It was very cool that she also pick the underskirt that was super long and also had a train (she sew  while I ate something before going to the party) did I loved it? No, did I give it a second thought? No!! 

So don’t stress about that, either way you will look beautiful! 



This second picture was taken at a fitting, here you can see how long it really was


And this is the bustle


Post # 10
7891 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

It really depends on the dress. I hate bustles so much I actually used how the dress bustled as my tie breaker between two dresses I loved hahaha. My dress had some ruching that had a slight gather at my left thigh before flaring out so we were able to sweep the train up into that same spot so it blended perfectly and just looked like a more full version of the original dress. I actually had a few ladies ask if my chapel length train had detached because it blended so well! Best part was it was so simple and I was able to bustle myself unlike some of my friends’ dresses with 47 million ribbons and snaps and confusion. 

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