Silks, satins, silk/satin blends, what is the benefit of these higher end fabrics when you’re looking for a beautiful wedding dress or special occasion dress? And why does a silk dress cost so much more than one made with synthetic fabrics like polyester? Silk is a natural protein fiber that is developed from the silkworm cocoon. It is very costly because it is in short supply and labor intensive to produce. There are some notable differences between silk and synthetic fabrics:
Comfort: Comfort is one of the key differences between synthetic fabrics and silk fabrics. The silk/satin fabrics or blends are soft fabrics. They feel good against the skin, they are not scratchy or uncomfortable. This also applies to silk tulle fabric. Silk tulle is incredibly soft and does not scratch vs. their synthetic counterparts. Silk fabric is softer than other fibers because it is extremely fine and smooth. It is also lightweight which helps with comfort. This is one of the main reasons that you may choose a silk dress for your wedding day or special occasion - the last thing you want is a dress that weighs a ton. Although the design of the dress does have an impact on the weight of the dress, the fabric used is also an important factor.
Keeps you warm in the winter and cool in the summer: Silk is a natural, breathable fiber that helps maintain your body at a comfortable temperature. A silk dress will keep you cool in the summer as it can absorb a considerable amount of moisture before it starts to feel wet. It is also a fabric that can offer warmth in the winter, with the insulation properties of silk taking over and providing protection form the cold. As the silk fibers are tightly woven, silk is often used for insulation in different kinds of clothing.
Luxurious look: Silk is smooth and has a beautiful sheen and luminosity. This is why a silk dress looks so luxurious. It’s a fabric that falls naturally and isn’t overly stiff or rigid. It is also easily draped.
Hypoallergenic: Silk fabric is natural and the most hypoallergenic of all fabrics. It does not attract dust mites and is resistant to mold, mildew and fungi. A silk dress is ideal for women who have skin sensitivities. You will not have to worry about getting a rash with silk fabric.
- Strength: The strength of a fabric affects durability. The silk fibers are strong, providing resistance to pulling or tearing of the fabric. This is important especially at occasions like weddings, where you will be wearing a dress for long periods of time. You can be confident that a silk dress will hold up throughout the festivities.
Silks, although expensive, have been used for years because of its many benefits. If luxury, comfort and strength is what you’re looking for, a silk dress is the right one for you!