All about petticoats: where to buy, what to buy, and how to buy

If you like the full, breezy look of a petticoat, but have no idea how to achieve that look, we’re here for you baby!

Today we’ll talk about what petticoats are, what petticoat to buy for what dress, and where you can get the best petticoats. (The answer to that last one is Malco Modes, but you probably already knew that.)

What’s a petticoat?

A petticoat is basically a slip, except it’s a very full slip, which adds a lot of volume to a skirt.

Petticoats are typically constructed of layers and layers of sheer fabric and/or lace, but some budget pieces may be constructed of other materials.

Crinolines are very similar to petticoats, but are made of net material that is generally stiffer and more structured than petticoats.

They serve the exact same function though: to add fullness under a skirt.

What are pettipants?

Pettipants are exactly what they sound like: little petticoat pants.

Those lacey, frilly ones that are meant to be seen, if you’re feeling a little daring. Think “1920’s Flapper” kind of vibe.

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Petticoat vs. Crinoline vs. Pettipants: How do I choose which to wear?

Girl, the world is your oyster.

What look are you trying to pull off?

You can take the same dress and make it look so many different ways, it’ll make your head spin!

Where to buy quality stuff?

Yes, yes, the answer is OF COURSE Malco Modes!

You knew we were going to say that, but you might not really know why.

So many of the petticoats out there are manufactured overseas, using less than optimal materials.

A lot of what you’ll find with just a cursory look, is costume-grade stuff.

And you want the good stuff.

Malco Modes was founded over 100 years ago, and we manufacture all our pieces in our own factory, right here in Tennessee.

We use only high quality fabrics, and we offer the largest selection of petticoats, crinolines, pettipants, and church slips in the western hemisphere.

It’s a serious business, the puffiness of your skirt!

You can view our entire collection and array of colors here at our website.

How do I know what size to choose?

Malco Modes sizing is quite forgiving… most items have an elastic closure, meaning there’s a lot of stretch going on!

Because each style is slightly different, the measurements too will be different, but to give you an idea of what we mean, here is the size chart for one of our most popular petticoats, Zooey:

X-Small: waistband stretches from 21 inches to 38 inches; length can be adjusted from 18.5 to 19.5 inches

Small: waistband stretches from 23 to 42 inches; length can be adjusted to 19, 20, or 21 inches

Medium: waistband stretches from 25 inches to 46 inches; length can be adjusted to 20, 21, or 22 inches

Large: waistband stretches from 27 to 50 inches; length can be adjusted to 21, 22, or 23 inches

X-Large: waistband stretches from 29 to 54 inches; length can be adjusted to 21, 22, or 23 inches

So you can see, there’s quite a bit of “wiggle room.”

A good rule of thumb is to measure your waist, or where you want the top of the piece to hit (if that’s not your natural waist), and choose the size that is closest to that number on the smaller side.

For example, if your waist is 24 inches, go for the Small. If 38 inches, go for XL for the most roomy fit.

Now if you want it to be a little shorter, you could choose the Small or even XS and those would still fit you.

It’s good to take into account all aspects of the fit you’re after, before purchasing.


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It’s all about personalization

There really is no right or wrong direction to take when choosing a petticoat, pettipants, or crinoline.

It’s more about what feels right to you, and what piece brings about the look you’re going for.

Have a cute photo of you in a petticoat?

We’d love to see it!

Share it on our instagram page: @malcomodes.

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