December 15, 2020

The Best Fabrics for Summer

Written By: Alexandra Sferra

The Best Fabrics for Summer

Living in the Midwest means humidity and uncertain heat temps, so you should always be ready for that humidity and heat when you have an outdoor summer wedding! Or, you could even be getting married somewhere that is hot year around, or scorching during that time of year! We listed a handful of fabrics that you and your bridesmaids should consider while dress shopping. Sweating in your gown on your wedding day is avoidable, and we are here to help!

This lightweight fabric is sheer, and usually layered or used as an accent on so many gowns. Chiffon is typically made with silk or nylon, draping beautifully on the gown, giving it an elegant and floating appearance. A lot of brides choose this fabric for their beach weddings, because it photographs so well in the breeze and the ethereal aesthetic just completes the whole look. It is sure to create some amazing photo ops!

Adore by JA Gown

This is one of the most comfortable, durable (yet lightweight) silk fabrics that drapes perfectly! It’s flattering in the best ways, with such a clean and crimped appearance.  If you are avoiding a gown that is structured, this is the kind of fabric you want to go towards! This fabric is never really layered with anything else, and with it being so lightweight; it’s the perfect fabric for summer.

Madi Lane Gown


Charmeuse moves in such a dreamy way, with its illustrious sheen fabric and smooth and seductive character. It is a lightweight fabric woven with a satin weave, giving it a smooth, shiny finish, and moves like water. If your summer wedding is formal, this fabric is the way to go.

Justin Alexander Signature Gown

A sheer net fabric that is often used as a unique detail at the neckline, back or sleeves. It normally holds an element, like beading or lace detail. This is a great option for you if you want to show a little skin while still keeping things classy and detailed.

Madi Lane Gown

Swiss Dot
This is for the playful bride, looking for a summer gown that is breathable and unique with its dotted texture. This woven dates back to 1750, featuring tiny flocked dots across a sheer woven cotton ground. It is extremely lightweight, and is one of the best options when it comes to a fabric to keep you cool all day. It’s very feminine and adds so much personality and character to your gown!

Lillian West Gown

We all know what tulle is, being a sheer, open net fabric that’s normally used for tutus. It is also often used underneath dresses and gowns to add volume to a skirt. It’s medium lightweight, and very delicate and can be used in a variety of ways. Layering tulle is absolutely dreamy, and creates a romantic ball gown look, giving brides that princess moment.

Justin Alexander Gown

This is for the bride seeking a structured look, without the heavy fabrics that will weigh her down and also leave her sweating all day. Organza is a thin, plain weave, sheer fabric traditionally made from silk. It has a shiny finish, giving off a romantic vibe. It is often used to enhance fullness on a ball gown or trains.

Adore by JA Gown

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