It’s all about the feel of the dress of course! Your wedding dress should feel amazing on you and part of that is picking a fabric as well as a style you love. When it comes to wedding dress shopping, the nitty-gritty industry terms can get a little confusing. You’ll be taking into consideration things like drape, style, cut, texture, venue and season when searching for your Dream dress. On top of that are the many fabric options available in today’s wedding dress market. The fabric can be the difference in looking expensive and elegant to dull and cheap. Even the exact same style dress can look and feel quite different in fabrics.
Certain fabrics are more form hugging, while others are there to add as much volume as the bride desires. Some fabrics are heavier and might be a bit much for a Summer wedding, while some light and airy fabrics may leave the bride a bit chilly in her Winter Wonderland wedding.
Below is a basic glossary of the common fabric terms you may encounter while shopping for:
Batiste is a lightweight, soft, and transparent fabric.
Brocade is a Jacquard-woven fabric, with raised designs, that is traditionally popular for fall and winter, but is now also being seen worn in warmer weather as of late.
Carmeuse is a soft lightweight, semi-lustrous fabric and feels like satin.
Chiffon is a delicate, sheer, and transparent fabric that is made from silk or rayon and has a soft finish. This fabric is often layered, making it popular for overskirts, sheer sleeves, and wraps.
Crepe is a light-weight, soft, and thin fabric with a crinkled surface texture.
Damask is similar to brocade, with raised designs, but is a much lighter weight.
Duchess Satin is a lightweight hybrid of silk and rayon (or polyester) and is woven into a satin.
Dupioni Silk has a finish similar to shantung, but with thicker, coarser fibers, and has a slight sheen.
Faille has a structured, ribbed finish like grosgrain ribbon and is usually quite substantial.
Gabardine is a tightly-woven, firm and durable finish, with single diagonal lines on the surface.
Georgette is a sheer, lightweight fabric often made of polyester or silk with a crepe surface.
Illusion is a fine, sheer net fabric, which is generally used on sleeves or necklines.
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