Post # 1
I need your expert opinions! I would love to hear pros and cons of taffeta and chiffon/organza. I have found maid’s dresses I love in both (I’m kind of lumping chiffon and organza into the same category because they are both light and flowy).
My wedding will be outdoors in the evening on June 1, so I hope it won’t be too warm, but I don’t want to put my girls in something that will be hot. I have read that all three of these fabrics are breathable.
I have also read that chiffon and organza are flattering to almost all body types, but I haven’t heard one way or the other about taffeta. We have all different body types in our wedding party and I want them all to be comfortable and happy. I hope to achieve this by letting each of them pick their own dress as long as it is the right color, length and fabric. What I’m trying to do now is decide which fabric category I am going to assign them (taffeta or chiffon/organza).
Oh, and I am aware that there is a difference between chiffon and organza, but I’m thinking that because of the light flowy nature of each of those fabrics the two wouldn’t clash if our maids had a choice between either of those fabrics. Please correct me if you think I’m terribly wrong about that. 🙂
Post # 3
I love chiffon! If you want something light and flowly that will be your best bet. I’m not really a taffeta fan. I also like organza but I don’t think it’s as flowly as chiffon. My dress is organza, haven’t picked Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses yet but they will be chiffon.
Post # 4
I love the look of chiffon, but as a plus size, I just haven’t been able to wear it well. Because of it’s light and flowy nature, it tends to highlight problem areas, even with proper undergarments. Letting your party pick their own dress may help this issue, though. For me, I’d prefer a fabric that has a bit more structure.
Post # 5
I’m getting married on June 1 and my girls are wearing long chiffon gowns (initially I wanted short, but the moms are wearing long so…). Some people say taffeta tends to look more formal, but I think it depends more on the dress style. I think taffeta looks best with short dresses. It’s a pretty loud fabric and can be overwhelming as a gown. It’s stiffer and as PP mentioned, is more forgiving on plus sizes. Taffeta tends to show wrinkles unless it’s polyester.
Personally, I’m a fan of soft, flowly, romantic fabrics like chiffon and organza (which is stiffer and shinier of the two). Taffeta reminds me of 80’s prom dresses and I hate the texture and sheen, so I would never force my bridesmaids to wear that fabric lol. Have you asked your bridesmaids which fabric they prefer? All my girls agreed on chiffon.
Post # 6
I really dislike taffeta in any length or style so I would go with chiffon or organza.
Post # 7
thanks for the input! I think asking my girls is a great idea lol not sure why i didn’t think of that 🙂
Post # 8
I would say taffeta is more flattering because it has more structure. It can shape problem areas instead of clinging to them like chiffon would. That being said, chiffon is more comfortable so it’s kinda a toss up.
Like you said, asking your girls is always best!
Post # 9
The structure of the dresses will be a big thing. I tend to think that chiffon is lighter and more summery (my girls wore chiffon dresses for our June 16th wedding), but you need to make sure that the style fits everyone’s bodies. Taffeta dresses are going to be more “constructed,” and this may be more flattering on some people…then again, the drapeyness of a chiffon type dress may be more flattering. Both chiffon and organza will be layers OVER another fabric too, since both are semi-sheer. Depending on this underlayer, some of the fit/flattery issues may be solved.
TL;DR — cut is really important. Also, hold the dresses up next to YOUR gown so you can make sure that they compliment each other.
Post # 10
Taffeta is a guarantee that I’ll never wear the dress again. But, if it suits your theme and it’s not outrageously expensive, I say go for it.
Post # 11
- Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY
I don’t even know what taffeta is. Naughty bride…
Post # 12
It really depends on what your aiming for. If i was to have a autm or winter wedding id go for tafeta since its heavier and more formal, and the taffeta seems more casual, light airey, more of a summery garden setting i guess. Thats just how i see it.