(Closed) Best fabric to wear in the summer?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
23597 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Mrs_Garmon:  Definitely stay away from satin if you’re concerned about the heat. It can get heavy and pretty hot.

Post # 4
10453 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

Satin would be too hot. I was uncomfortable trying those dresses on in the air conditioned stores, let alone outside. My dress is organza and it’s fairly light.

Post # 6
9053 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I also went with organza.  I was baking hot, but it was also 100 degrees on my wedding day, so I don’t really know that anything could have helped that.

Chiffon/organza are lighter fabrics, while I’d stay away from probably satin, taffeta, and obviously velvet.

Post # 8
75 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Mrs_Garmon:  No, tulle is not the same as organza.  Tulle is the poufy and stiffer “ballerina” style fabric, while organza is thinner, smoother, and lighter.  I am getting married in July as well and expecting it to be really hot outside and I went with organza.  

Another tip is to avoid the crinoline skirt.  I tried on a few in store to add volume to a skirt, but I found it doesn’t all for any air circulation at all and I was getting super hot even in the store.  My dress actually has a plactic hoop at the bottom of the skirt to hold the fullness but allowing for air to circulate.  I don’t think it’s a common feature but maybe a seamstress can add it if you really wanted it.

Post # 9
544 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Mrs_Garmon:  as long as you stay away from synthetic materials you will be fine. Organza can be also missleading: it could be great during summer, e.g. Organza is a thin, plain weave, sheer fabric traditionally made from silk. HOWEVER, I had tried on several dresses which were made of organza, but they felt like plastic, the reason of that is that many cheaper modern organzas are woven with synthetic filament fibers such as polyester (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organza).

So same is true for satin: So satin is a fabric formed with a satin weave using filament fibres such as silk, nylon, or polyester.

So cheap, synthetic satin is made mainly using synthtic fibres such as polyesters (fleeces are made of that so you can get really hot in those). Silk satin on the other hand will feel great but comes with a higher price tag!

You will be fine as long as you look for good silk based organza or silk satin.

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