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Dress Fabrics You Need to Know


You arrive at LUV Bridal, get paired with your personal bridal stylist and try on beautiful dresses, so exciting! While in your first wedding dress, your stylist asks, "How do you feel about the lace appliqués?" or "Do you like the tulle skirt?" and you have no idea what she's referring to. You aren't the only bride-to-be confused; the bridal world comes with an array of new knowledge such as wedding dress silhouettes, fabrics, and bridal designers. So our expert stylists created this guide to teach you about the various fabrics that could make up your gorgeous, dream wedding dress.




Lace is the most popular wedding dress fabric at the moment, and honestly the past decade. It can be romantic and feminine, but also boho and edgy. Lace is commonly used because of its diversity in style, pattern, embellishments, and texture. Boho gowns like AZURE by Evie Young (top-left) and INDIA by Madi Lane (top-middle) are delicately stitched together to create an abstract, crochet lace look. Their fitted, sheath silhouettes are complimented by lovely lace trims bordering their skirts and trains. Then you have LILAH by Mia Solano (top-right) that has gorgeous 3D lace flowers and intricate lace appliqués atop her ballgown skirt. Lace is so versatile and flatters every bride!




Crepe might make you think of the French pancake, but it's also a lightweight, crinkled silk, rayon, or wool fabric ideal for soft silhouettes. It's also the hottest trend in the bridal world at the moment! It's a shapely fabric great for hugging your curves. FLEUR (top-middle) and HARPER-GRACE (top-left) by Madi Lane are great examples of crepe wedding gowns in two completely opposite silhouettes! FLEUR is a ballgown with a full skirt, made up of luxurious layers of soft European crepe. HARPER-GRACE pairs an embroidered lace top with a fitted crepe skirt to create a feminine and très chic wedding gown. ANTIOPE by Pronovias (top-left) showcases crepe in a more drapery style with her gorgeous cowl necklines. Crepe is minimal yet sophisticated, perfect for a modern bride to be for her wedding day!





Tulle is a soft, fine mesh material similar to netting that's very airy and floaty. It has an array of uses in wedding gowns such as the bodice lining, skirt, sheer necklines, and illusion straps and back details and is commonly used for wedding veils. SCOUT (top-left) and SIERRA (top-middle) by Evie Young are great examples of how tulle can be used in unique ways. SCOUT has a tulle A-line skirt and tulle sleeves paired with a fun illusion tulle trim back detail. SIERRA is an A-line wedding gown with a ruched tulle bodice that cascades down into a floaty tulle skirt that makes you feel like you’re floating on clouds. DEMI by Madi Lane (top-right) showcases tulle as a billowing addition in the skirt on a more fitted silhouette. If you're thinking dreamy, ethereal, and romantic for your wedding day, a tulle wedding dress may be your perfect match!




A sturdier type of silk with a glossy and shiny finish, makes Mikado stand out from other wedding dress fabrics. Its structure allows for Mikado wedding gowns to be tailored in architectural and unique designs. It can have multiple seams that will accentuate your shape, so Mikado looks great and sophisticated as a sexy, slim mermaid wedding dress like OBERON (top-left) or as a pleated strapless ballgown like CLOSE (top-right), both by Pronovias. Want to feel regal and classy, try on some gorgeous Mikado wedding gowns for your wedding day!

Now when your bridal stylist asks if you would like to try on a Mikado ballgown or crepe skirt, you will know the bridal lingo. Find your favorite fabric and fall in love with your dream dress!


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