(Closed) Silk Satin vs shantung vs dupioni vs taffeta vs chiffon

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

Your best bet is to go to a fabric store and look at and touch the fabrics, so you will have the best idea of what each one looks like and feels like. Fabric is a matter of preference.

Post # 4
2196 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I wouldn’t recommend just going to the fabric store and feeling them but actually trying on each fabric.  You won’t know what it feels like on until it’s all over your body.  I personally never even wear synthetic fabrics because I hate the way it feels like they don’t breathe and make you sweat like crazy!  Also, make sure you aren’t confusing the luster of satin with that of charmeuse.  Satin is heavier, yes, but it also tends not to have as high a sheen as charmeuse (although it is still ‘shiny’).

Post # 5
665 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Unless you’re planning to make your own gown… I would recommend to just do your basic dress shopping at a good/highly recommended bridal store. Don’t worry about the fabrics until you start looking and tell your consultant what you want. I mean yes if you want a sexy tight gown maybe satin would be the best. If you’re into a more ethereal look, chiffon may be your best bet. Personally, I hate taffeta b/c it sounds like tent fabric. I don’t like the sound it made when I moved and it made dresses heavy. I really didn’t want to carry it around for several hours on wedding day… Mine ended up being embroidery on netting over Silky Satin. Its light and very bridal. My consultant listened to me when I asked for lightness and elegance. So no… maybe not go to commercial places where consultants can be… less knowledgeable (if you’re so concerned about fabric)? 🙂

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