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petticoats4Crinolines and petticoats had last been seen on the likes of Scarlett O’Hara when corsets and sausage curls were in style, but never count out a good poofy skirt.

Half a century later, the petticoat returned as an absolutely necessary accessory for the wide sweeps of whirly skirts.

After the restrictions of the War years, fabric-excessive circle skirts were a luxury for the newly opulent 50’s. Layers of fabric circled the legs in wide fluid waves, and petticoats provided the ‘pouf’ desired of such full skirts.

Layers of fabric circled the legs in wide fluid waves, and petticoats provided the ‘pouf’ desired of such full skirts.

The new petticoats of the 50s utilised modern fabrics like the wash-and-wear lightweight nylon, and were more comfortable than their predecessors. Simple cotton petticoats gave enough flounce for the delicate ‘swish’ desired by conservative ladies, but ruffled petticoats for poodle skirts mimicked the excesses of yesteryear.

petticoats2Simple cotton petticoats gave enough flounce for the delicate ‘swish’ desired by conservative ladies, but ruffled petticoats for poodle skirts mimicked the excesses of yesteryear.

The petticoats featured a flat and smooth tummy yoke but expanded into massive layers at hip level. Rows upon rows of gathered nylon and net guaranteed to prop out your skirts.

Girls layered multiple petticoats under their skirts to get the fullest shape possible, and the loudest swish.

The fuller the petticoat, the flatter your poodle skirt was, and the more visible were your artwork appliqués, ready to be admired.