(Closed) What is wrong with taffeta???

posted 6 years ago in Emotional
Post # 4
3375 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I kinda like taffeta! I think there are just different fabrics for different people. I said, “no tulle.”

Post # 5
11172 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

I am a no taffeta bride. I’m just not a fan of the sound it makes and the shiny appearance. That being said there are many beautiful dresses out there made with taffeta, it is purely a personal taste thing.

Post # 6
192 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I personally hate taffeta, but it is a completely personal choice. It has some great pros though like its super light compared to satin or silk. I don’t like the wrinkles.

Post # 7
7312 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

Nothing is wrong with taffetta. My dress was a sueded silk taffetta, and I loved it will all of my heart. It’s all a matter of personal preference. Like I hated the feel, shine, and weight of most satins, so it wasn’t the right fabric for me. But other brides love satin. More power to them! Another friend who just started looking at dresses is totally anti-tulle. Okie dokie. Whatever she wants. 🙂

Post # 8
2335 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Unless its high-quality, tafetta can look shiny in photographs- I think that’s a big reason for some brides.  I personally think its gorgeous, but only get silk taffeta not synthetic.

Post # 9
5428 posts
Bee Keeper

DEFINITION OF TAFFETA – as per wikipedea

Taffeta (play /ˈtæfɨtÉ™/; archaically spelled taffety) is a crisp, smooth plain woven fabric made from silk or synthetic fibres. The word is Persian in origin, and means “twisted woven.” It is considered to be a “high end” fabric, suitable for use in ball gownswedding dresses, and in interiors for curtains or wallcovering. There are two distinct types of silk taffeta: yarn-dyed and piece-dyed. Piece-dyed taffeta is often used in linings and is quite soft. Yarn-dyed taffeta is much stiffer and is often used in evening dresses.

I would use the man-made taffeta but not the silk one…. because it’s from a live being. (same thing with leather)

Post # 10
1628 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I think the taffeta-hate goes to 2 things. The first, as PPs mentioned, is that unless you get a really good one it will be very shiny in photos and that is a turnoff to a lot of people.  The other, is that taffeta reminds a lot of people of HORRIBLE 80s prom dresses.  Back then a huge fashion fad was the taffeta dress, and being the 80s, there was a super amount of excess and it was not the best look.  I think a lot of taffeta-hate arises from it’s association to *those* dresses.

Post # 11
2693 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

My lace dress has a taffeta underlay, and I love it.  Never once has it looked shiny.  My Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses are silk taffeta from J.Crew and the girls adore them.  I’ve seen the dresses in person and posted pics on here and got SO many compliments.  Honestly, I didn’t give much thought to the fabric of the dress…just the color when I was shopping for Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses.  All I know is my BMs absolutely love the dresses they picked, and the J.Crew silk taffeta was the perfect color.  I’ve had an acquaintance get married and her BMs wore the same silk taffeta dresses in the same color, and they photograph beautifully, IMO.  And trust me, I pored and obsessed over her photos before making my decision!

Post # 12
4887 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Totally depends on the taffeta!!  I tried on some horribly shiney and parachute-feeling taffeta dresses and some that felt like a dream.  

I tried on some satin dresses that were SO hot and heavy, and I tried on silk dresses that wrinkled really easily.  I tried on tulle dresses that made me feel like a cupcake, I put on some lace dresses that made me look like a doily.

In the end I got a gorgeous taffeta dress.  I love how lightweight it is, I love that it’s more matte than shiny, I love how it wraps around my body.  Very happy!

Post # 13
2693 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

@KristenGotMarried:  That was one thing I was super surprised with during my first fitting last weekend.  I had forgotten how the dress felt on my body during my shopping trip, and when I put on my dress, fitted to my body, it didn’t feel heavy at ALL.  I was so excited and happy because it felt light and not cumbersome at all. 

Post # 14
11343 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

As @happyface:‘s post suggests, taffeta is actually not a fabric, but a finish. This is also true of other finishes such as satin, tulle, organza, etc.  I chose a silk taffeta gown and loved the lightness and the matte look (it was not shiny) of the fabric.

There definitely are some shiny, inexpensive-looking polyester taffetas out there, but that can also be said of some polyester satins. On the other hand, there are some gorgeous polyester gowns now that could be mistaken for the look of silk. 

Post # 15
828 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

thought that I hated taffeta because I associated it with shiny, stiff bridesmaids dresses straight out of my wedding nightmares, but it turns out that I only hate fake taffeta (polyester I guess?). I really like silk taffeta which only has a slight sheen to it and is more light weight and drapes much more beautifully than the polyester stuff. Really I think that they should rename the polyester material to avoid confusion.

Post # 16
5011 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

My corset for under my wedding dress is silk taffeta and it is absolutely stunning. Good quality silk taffeta has a beautiful sheen.

I was going to go for taffeta but found that power-woven dupion had a better look in the colour that I wanted.

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