How to choose materials for prom dresses?

Published: 01st April 2010
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Choosing a prom dress can be a daunting process. Spend some time learning what constitutes a prom dress to narrow down your choices. Some fabrics may appeal to you right away.

Know that different fabrics drape better than others and look better on different shapes. Some girls can wear a very slinky silk prom gown and look fabulous, while others look better in a fabric that hangs a little further from the body, giving an overall glamorous silhouette. A flowing train on

Another consideration in choosing the fabric of your prom dress is the style of gown. If you are after a movie star red carpet look, a fun flirty short style with loads of ruffles or a gothic princess look. The type of material you choose makes a difference.


Many prom gowns are a combination of a couple fabrics, the most common types of prom gown materials to choose from include;

Silk: Silk is a captivating classic choice for a prom dress. It is shimmery, elegant and always in style.

Organza: Feels much like silk, but is light weight due to the blend of silk, polyester and nylon that comprise the fabric. Organza falls nicely and works well for long dresses as it creates a nice line when it drapes.

Taffeta: Taffeta is a stiffer fabric choice for prom dresses, but makes lovely shorter dresses when combined with tulle underlays. Dare to be delightfully different with a taffeta prom dress.

Satin: Satin is not as durable as silk and when the fibers are mixed with cotton, the fabric is called sateen and is a lighter soft fabric.

Chiffon: Chiffon makes a beautiful statement and flows nicely over the body. Often used in layers for prom dresses, chiffon creates a sugary sweet look. Chiffon is shimmery and looks like closely woven netting when looked at closely. Irridescent chiffon makes any girl look like a gem.

Charmeuse: Charmeuse has a floaty appearance which drapes beautifully making it an excellent choice for prom dress material. It is silk with a satin finish and like most prom dress material is extremely fragile.

Tulle: Tulle is the material that tutus are made of. It is a net like fabric often used in layers under a prom dress to add bulk.

Velvet: Provides a unique looking prom gown. If you love vintage looks, choose velvet. It is soft and thick and is best found in structures dresses.

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