Like I said earlier this week, when I first decided to get a petticoat I messed up and bought cheap ones on Amazon. After that misstep I searched "best pin up petticoat" and landed on the ever wonderful Miss Victory Violet's blog and her comparison and review post on petticoats. After reading her awesome insights, I decided for round two I would get serious and off I went to the source of floofy, layered, soft, petticoat dreams, Malco Modes.
I purchased Malco Modes Samantha (26") petticoat in the color natural/ivory and wow, what a perfect petticoat indeed! The nylon chiffon is super soft and the two layers of ruffled petti provide tons of volume. I didn't really know what to expect with wearing a petticoat underneath my circle skirts (and dresses with circle skirt shaped skirts) but the effect is definitely noticeable and super dreamy! The whole big skirts make your waist look smaller effect is fun, and the swooshy swanning around is even more fun!
The length of the Samantha petticoat is perfect for underneath earlier mid-century hemlines, and I like my skirts longer anyway so having a petticoat on the longer-ish side is better for my wardrobe. I ordered the size medium which is listed as a 23"-46" waist size, and as I have a 30" waist I figured the fit would be just fine and it is, plus the waistband is elastic and has a button you can use to adjust it a bit bigger or smaller.
Here is the same dress with no petticoat on the left and with my new Malco Modes petti on the right. I feel like the difference doesn't even look that big in this photo comparison but it looked/felt much fuller and fun in person! I seriously can't even explain how nice it was to wear this petticoat, I am already thinking of how I can make more circle skirts so I can wear it more often! I also may be eyeing the Samantha Petticoat in black now, got to have a black one too right?
Overall I am super pleased with the purchase. Of course the Malco Modes petticoats are an investment at just shy of $70 dollars each for the style I purchased, but I think it is a worthwhile investment for anyone building a retro wardrobe. I hope they eventually come out with even more colors for the Samantha petti, as it is clear they offer more colors in their more established styles. I'd like a navy blue petti perhaps someday ;) Until then I'll keep saving up for the black, the only thing is...where do I store these things?!