Finding the perfect wedding dress is exciting and a little intimidating. With hundreds of variations of designers, styles, cuts, fabrics and accessories, finding your perfect, jaw-dropping look can be fun but also a challenge. To help wade through the gowns, we have listed some of the more popular wedding dress fabrics so you can better describe the look you are going for to your stylist.
Tulle – This transparent, net-like fabric that when layered billows beautifully in a full skirt. Comes in a variety of colors for an additional style twist. This gauzy fabric can be used in a variety of ways and can be stiff to form certain gown design elements or airy and flowy. Often used under a gown to add volume in a ball gown or mermaid silhouette or as veil material. The gown above features a tulle skirt.
Organza – Like Tulle, this is a sheer fabric but is not as stiff. This airy fabric moves with you, so let your little girl out and TWIRL! Organza can also be layered, but doesn’t create the same “poof” as Tulle. Appliques, beads, crystals, etc can be added to the fabric and it works well as an overlay.
Lace – Probably the most recognizable and popular wedding gown fabrics, lace comes in a wide variety of styles. The threads used to create the look make intricate and elegant patterns on a delicate fabric. The uses for lace are endless on your gown – overlay, sleeves, bodice, full body – incorporate this stunning fabric any way you like. The gown above features lace detailing.
Illusion – As the name suggests, this is a very transparent netting that gives the illusion that no fabric is there. This has become more and more popular with little sexier wedding dress options. The gown above features an Illusion neckline.
Silk – Dramatic and classy, high end silk gowns are versatile for any season. The gown silhouettes best suited for silk are fit+flare or ballgown. Again, there are several types of silk. One of the most popular variations for wedding dresses is Mikado which is a thicker blend that allows for more structure on the gown design. Regardless, the flow of silk is a timeless, stylish option.
Satin – Glossy, flowing fabric that both drapes and hugs the body. There are a variety of satins, with the traditional (shiny on one side) being one of the most popular. This beautiful material creates epic bridal gowns. Satin has a heavier weight compared to silk. The gown above is a Satin Wedding Gown.
Crepe – This is a silk-blend that hugs your curves with a sleek, minimalist finish. Most bridal jumpsuits are made in crepe. This simple and lovely option is great all year round. The gown above is a Crepe Wedding Gown.
Brocade – This basically looks like a more textured and raised lace but with the thread being designed onto a solid (vs transparent) fabric. This elegant material is best for the fall and winter months. The gown above features the Brocade Fabric.
Chiffon – Another lightweight, sheer gown option, you mostly see chiffon on bridesmaids gowns. Similar to organza, chiffon has a more matte look. This is a great option for summer or beach weddings.
Happy Gown Shopping!