Fabric is one of the most memorable aspects of your wedding dress. It affects the texture, drape, and movement of each and every gown. Equally important, it influences the way your dress appears both in person and in photos. While you certainly don’t need to be an expert, having a basic understanding of popular bridal fabrics will help you in communicating your vision to your personal bridal stylist.

We’ve got you covered! Here are a few of the top fabrics commonly used to construct wedding dresses found at Kleinfeld:

Silk: A fine, strong, and soft lustrous fiber made from silkworm cocoons. This fiber is commonly used in a variety of bridal fabrics such as chiffon, charmeuse, satin, mikado, zibeline, and dupioni. Materials may consist of pure silk or a silk blend.

Satin: A heavy, tightly woven fabric that is glossy on the front and dull on the back. Its smooth and luxurious appearance is often associated with a simple, timeless, and formal bridal style.

Mikado: A structured fabric, typically made of silk, that is visually similar to satin. It is known for its stiffness, full-bodied drape, and lustrous sheen.

Taffeta: A light, crisp, and lustrous fabric with a paper feel. The plain-woven material is commonly made of silk and identified as a very traditional bridal fabric.

Tulle: A soft and fine silk, cotton, or nylon fabric. Lightweight, ethereal, and effortless, the sheer material is commonly associated with a traditional ball gown or ballerina look and feel. It can also be referred to as “netting” or “illusion” when utilized in a way that appears as if the design is merely floating upon the skin.

Chiffon: A thin, semi-sheer fabric with a soft and slightly silky finish. The material offers optimal movement and fluidity. Its lightweight and effortless nature deems it ideal for a beach or outdoor wedding.

Organza: A lightweight, plain weave, semi-sheer fabric that offers more movement than satin but more structure than tulle or chiffon. Its polished yet translucent appearance creates an equally elegant and ethereal aesthetic.

Charmeuse: A lightweight, semi-lustrous fabric with a soft and silky texture. The effortless yet luxurious material is commonly associated with slip dresses.

Lace: A fine, open fabric, typically consisting of cotton or silk, made by looping, twisting, or knitting thread. A variety of different types of laces exist that each convey a unique floral or geometric pattern. A few of the most popular bridal laces include Alençon, Chantilly, and Venetian. The material’s traditional and feminine appearance deems it one of the most classic bridal fabrics.

Brocade: A heavy, intricate woven fabric with three-dimensional designs. Also referred to as “jacquard,” the material’s pattern creates distinct yet cohesive texture and dimension.

Damask: Similar to brocade with designs expressed in texture. The material usually consists of a single thread color.

Linen: A lightweight fabric woven from flax. The material is less common in bridal wear due to its more casual nature.

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