Don’t listen to people that say all taffeta is cheap, they don’t know what they are talking about! Obviously there are ranges in quality of any fabric, taffeta, satin, tulle, etc. Personally I HATE the look and feel of cheap satin, it’s gross to me! But high quality is soft and buttery. Same goes with taffeta. Cheap taffeta can be overly shiny (same with satin!) and cheaper taffeta also has a more coarse texture which causes the noise. You friends who said this probably have only seen cheap taffeta, such as in a Bridesmaid or Best Man or cocktail dress.
All taffeta has a bit of a soft sheen to it, which I like because I think it photographs beautifully, catching the light just enough without looking cheap. The great thing about taffeta is that it is a material that has structure to it, but it is still light. It allows you to do thinks in design that satin is too heavy for, or that something like chiffon doesn’t have the structure for. I also think its great because a big dress made of taffeta is a million times lighter and less hot to wear than a big dress made of satin.
My dress is Pronovias in taffeta, and I didn’t notice it being loud either time I have gone to try it on. Pronovias is a good qaulity line, and use good materials, so stop worrying!
Also, just to give a bit of a reality check, I search some gowns on the Kleinfeld’s website and clicked budget of $10K and up, here are some examples of taffeta gowns I found:
Not sure if those links work but those are some gowns WAY out of my price range by Pnina Tornai, Michelle Roth and Amsale that are all made of taffeta. Do you think those designers would use a “cheap” material on a dress that costs more than $10K? No way!
Sorry about the rant, it’s just really annoying me when people assume all taffeta is cheap.