Bustles are underestimated. Not understated mind you, but in an era when the word bootylicious wasnt even in the back of victorian girls minds, they clearly understood the attraction.
Amidst all of my undergarment intersts, I never really concidered the bustle as something I was really attracted to, when in the back of my mind it would be one of the most interesting visual. Only recently have I explored this long forgotted trend, and due to the popularity of the bustle dresses I'm selling on etsy, I'm just getting started.
To me bustles are like the hats of the garment world. You can go crazy with them, over the top, the more eccentric the better. Piles of lace, silk, and tulle were the traditional materials used to accentuate the bustle. I've taken it a step further, working with beads, jewlery, feathers, flowers, and I'm thinking a lovely fake bird on one of my next ones. Like I said, the hats of the garment world, where women used to decorate their hats with stuffed birds and animals, silk flowers, and even scenes with ships.
So now that I have discovered my love of the bustle, I just cant get enough of those layers of fabric and lace. Becuase the bustle is the ultimate in bootylicious.