Fabrics for Winter Wedding Gowns and
Summer Wedding Dresses

Are you looking for fall or winter wedding gowns or maybe spring or summer wedding dresses? What time of year are you getting married? As seasons change so does fabric including the fabrics used in wedding dresses. Bridal gowns styles change too. If you are getting married in fall or winter, you may be looking for wedding dresses with sleeves.

There is a lot to consider when it comes to shopping for your wedding dress. Some fabrics are more reminiscent of a season than others. You will find velvet or brocade in winter wedding gowns and organza in summer wedding dresses.

When shopping for bridal gowns, fabrics are not usually high up on the list. It should be because certain fabrics along with the design and style must work well together to give you a flattering look for your plus size figure and for the season you are getting married in. If your wedding is set for fall or winter, then you may want a fabric that can give you some warmth such as satin, taffeta, brocade or velvet.If your wedding is in spring or summer, the lighter, thinner fabrics will be cooler such as silk charmeuse, organza and chiffon.

So consider the fabric for the season you are getting married in along with textures, weight, sheen and so on.

  • Smooth fabric surfaces can give a sleeker appearance to your figure.
  • Avoid clingy, stretchy fabrics. They will accentuate curves you may not want to emphasize. 
  • Heavier textured fabrics such as lace may add pounds to your silhouette. Use textured fabrics sparingly or only placed in the areas you want to accentuate and draw attention to.
  • Never place textured fabrics at you problem areas. For instance, if you have a pear shape, then look at plus size wedding dresses with texture only in the bodice and not the skirt. This will not only draw attention away from your hips, but it will also give you a balanced appearance.
  • If you like the look of all over lace then be sure the lace has a soft, lightly patterned appearance. Avoid heavy embroidered lace; it will only make you appear larger than you are. A lace motif or any patterned bridal fabric should not be too dainty or too large. Either size can make you appear bigger.
  • Also if you have some sort of print in your fabric-- like a brocade or jacquard-- pay attention the size and spacing of the patterns.
  • Avoid shiny fabrics. Light will reflect off the shine will can make you appear larger than you are.Go for a matte satin or crepe fabric instead.  

Keep in mind each fabric creates a distinctive look and feel for any formal dress and it can set the fashion tone, feel and mood for the entire wedding! 

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Resources: DiscoveryHealth.com, Perfect-wedding-dress-finder.com; sydneyscloset.com, plussizebridal.com

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