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Balloon dress - add volume to the hips?

Balloon dress - add volume to the hips?
  1. Peculiarities
  2. Who is it suitable for?
  3. Types of skirts
  4. Fabrics
  5. Knitted
  6. Balloon dress for plump
  7. Fashion trends
  8. What to wear with?
  9. Shoes
  10. Accessories


The balloon dress has such an unusual and memorable shape that it cannot be confused with another style. What is this model? The "feature" of the balloon dress is a voluminous, as if inflated skirt, from which the outfit got its name. The volume can start from the waistline or from the chest, but the skirt will necessarily taper downward.

This style appeared in the middle of the last century, when a female figure with lush hips, breasts and a thin waist - the so-called "hourglass" was considered ideal.

The balloon dress made it possible to bring the proportions of the figure closer to the desired standard. The splendor of the skirt was achieved in several ways. Most often, for this purpose, the lining was shortened and the hem of the dress was hemmed to it. To create volume, many darts or folds were also made on the skirt.

Style balloon dress of the last century

Who is it suitable for?

Despite the fact that the style of the balloon dress is quite specific, girls with different shapes can wear such an outfit. For young ladies of an asthenic physique with small breasts, narrow hips and an unexpressed waistline, a balloon dress will help to form volumes in the right places.

The apple-type figure is also characterized by the absence of a pronounced waist, because it is the same volume as the chest and hips. You can correct the situation with a balloon dress, intercepted on the stomach with a wide strap or belt.

Balloon dress for obese women with an apple figure

Owners of a pear-shaped figure boast lush hips. This category of girls is perhaps the only one that should be avoided with dresses with voluminous skirts, as they make the lower body too heavy.

Types of skirts

  • Balloon dress with flared skirt today it looks not quite usual, but in the XX century such an outfit was very popular. Volume is created at the same time due to the shortened lining and a large number of pleats gathered at the waist.
  • Dresses with tulip skirt occurs quite often. It looks especially good on those with a thin waist, narrow hips and slender legs. As a rule, a tulip skirt is quite short, its length rarely drops below the knee. A wide yoke and several longitudinal folds are always present on the skirt.
  • Bottom balloon skirt on elastic, looks quite extravagant, so such an outfit is usually chosen by bold, self-confident persons. Balloon dresses with such an unusual skirt are often devoid of a waistline, the skirt begins to gain volume from the chest and narrows sharply below the knees.


A variety of materials are used to create balloon dresses - if only they are correlated with the season and style of the outfit. The main requirement for a fabric is the ability to maintain its shape, therefore materials are usually used rather dense.

Often knitwear is chosen for sewing a balloon dress, as it drapes perfectly. For the cold season, you can choose a woolen fabric - then you can recreate the image of a fashionista from the last century.

Knitted balloon dress

Balloon dresses can be festive or even wedding attire. In this case, preference is given to light, airy fabrics, such as taffeta or organza. A voluminous skirt made of translucent material looks like a real light cloud.


A balloon dress knitted of yarn is a great option for winter, because even on frosty days we want to remain feminine. Warm clothes can be pretty, of course. A striking example is a variety of knitted dresses and skirts. They look very cute and cozy, and besides, they perfectly warm.

Preference should be given to models knitted from threads, which contain as much natural wool as possible and a minimum of polyester or acrylic. Such a dress will delight you for more than one season, while models made of artificial materials will lose their appearance after a few socks.

Knitted striped balloon dress

Balloon dress for plump

The balloon dress looks great on plump girls, first of all, because it successfully hides the volumes. The only thing that you should not do is to wear such a dress with a cropped skirt if you are short and full of legs. In all other cases, you can safely experiment with this model.

If you have problem areas, avoid cluttering decorative items in those areas. For example, full arms and shoulders should not be emphasized with short, voluminous sleeves such as "wings" or "flashlights". If you already have curvy hips, avoid balloon dresses with patch pockets on the skirt.

Balloon dress with three-quarter sleeves for overweight

Fashion trends

  • In the upcoming fashion season, dresses made of lace or with lace inserts will be especially popular. If you do not like translucent skirts, but you do not want to lag behind fashion, take a closer look at balloon dresses with a lace bodice.
  • Layered dresses and skirts will show off this summer on all avid women of fashion. Be sure to get yourself a balloon dress with a skirt made from several layers of thin fabric. In this outfit, you will resemble an exotic delicate flower.
  • Dresses with a V-neck have an incredibly useful property: they emphasize the chest and visually stretch the neck. The triangular neckline is one of the main trends of the new fashion season. A balloon dress with an attractive neckline will make you catch the admiring glances of others.

What to wear with?

A balloon, like any other dress in your wardrobe, needs the right accompaniment. The main task here is to balance the volume that is created in the lower body and not overload everything below the waistline with massive details.

A cropped jacket or bolero can be worn over the balloon dress. If the skirt is not very long, a classic straight or fitted trench coat will do.

Balloon dress with jacket

Colorful tights or leggings can be worn with balloon dresses made of thick knitwear or other warm fabrics. If your outfit is solid, try patterned tights for a naughty, playful look.

Summer balloon dress combined with a hat


A balloon dress is the highlight of your look, so everything else shouldn't get too much attention. Shoes should be chosen as simple as possible, but graceful, since the bottom of the dress itself is quite massive.

Graceful shoes for a balloon dress

Therefore, put aside boots with wide tops and shoes with a thick platform. Something less flashy will suit a balloon dress: pumps, sandals with thin straps, graceful high-heeled boots. Flat-soled shoes should be discarded, because a dress with such an unusual skirt requires a heel - so that the proportions of the figure are preserved.


Accessories are no less important part of the look than shoes or a dress, so you need to choose them in such a way that they go well with the outfit. Stylists say that classic jewelry made of gold, silver and precious stones - elegant necklaces and openwork earrings - go badly with a balloon dress (only if it is not a wedding option).

It is better to choose something simpler for such a dress, but, nevertheless, original. Take a closer look at high-quality jewelry - an unusual ring shape, earrings and necklaces will look great with a balloon dress. You can also choose massive enough jewelry - so that they balance the heavy bottom of the dress.

1 comment

This skirt seems to have been inflated! I think that women over 25 should not wear such a dress.


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