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Formal Dress Fabrics

The fabric of your Formal Dress is just as important as the style. You need to be comfortable but the fabric also needs to match the style of dress that you’re wearing. Some fabrics can really add to the design of the dress, while other fabrics can detract from the style.

Here’s a quick guide to some of the most common Formal Dress fabrics.

Duchess satin

It’s a heavy, luxurious satin. It has a rich, luxurious finish and works really well with very structured designs.

Qualities: Smooth, glossy and lustrous

Made from: Silk or silk-rayon blend

Best for: Spring and autumn/winter weddings (could be too hot for a summer wedding), formal and simple designs.

Organza

A little like georgette only slightly stiffer and a crisper weave. Great for overlays, veils, trains and full skirts. Qualities: Sheer, fine and light but stiffer than georgette Made from: Silk or silk mixed with manmade fibres Best for: All year round. Can be used on draped, loose dress styles or more structured styles.

Taffeta

A great fabric for big dresses and structured styles because it is quite a heavy, crisp fabric. Qualities: Stiff crisp weave with either a slight sheen or dull finish Made from: Silk or silk mix Best for: All year round. Structured ball gowns and full skirts

Tulle

A very fine net that’s slightly stiffer than chiffon or organza but looser than netting. Qualities: Fine-mesh netting. Sheer and light Made from: Silk or silk mix Best for: All year round. Both structured and loose style dresses, full skirts, veils and trains

Chiffon

Chiffon is a real classic wedding fabric. It drapes beautifully and works really well as sleeves, cut out sections on a full skirt or over shoulders. Qualities: Very fine, sheer fabric with a matt finish. Made from: Silk, silk mix or manmade materials Best for: All year round. Layers, veils, full skirts, overlays and sleeves