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Different Types of Chiffon Dresses

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Silk Chiffon Midi Dress

Chiffon Dresses

How many different types of chiffon dresses are there? A chiffon dress is perfect for a formal or semi-formal occasion.

Selecting your chiffon dress depends on the season and the occasion.

The word chiffon is actually related to the fabric type, originally silk, which is twisted in alternate directions when woven to create that crumpled effect.

I think, for a formal occasion during the chilly months, you may want to select a long sleeve maxi chiffon dress.

During the summer, you will want shorter style
like the stunning silk chiffon dress above or see more like this on Amazon. It has no sleeves which will probably be a good choice for summer unless the occasion is very important and you want long chiffon maxi dresses.

Chiffon fabric is also Ideal for chiffon wedding dresses and white chiffon dresses are Ideal for this. It is also great for Chiffon Bridesmaid dresses.

There are generally only 3 types of chiffon material but there can be an unlimited amount of different types of chiffon dresses, depending on the fabric, skirt lengths, skirt types, dress styles, waistlines, and necklines.

I think this is what fashion is all about when designers change these dress features or create a to create a new trendy look and style.

The sheer, light and filmy look of the chiffon dress makes it a favorite among top dress designers.

Chiffon Dresses – Types of Fabrics

Chiffon is a filmy translucent fabric of French origin which is where the word chiffon comes from as it literally means cloth.

As chiffon is such a delicate material, it is hard to work with. The thread that is used in the chiffon material is twisted in alternate directions while weaving which results in the crumpled look in the fabric of the chiffon dress.

Silk Chiffon Dresses

Silk is the traditional fabric used for chiffon and probably the best type of cloth to use, as it is such a fine textile and feels so smooth and light and perfect for a chiffon dress, but is quite expensive and hard to come by and is very fragile and must be hand washed carefully with shampoo or dry-cleaned.

However, I think the softness, filmy look and silky feel of this material surpass other synthetic fabrics in lightness and cool comfort, especially in the summer months and I know you will love it.

Nylon, Polyester or Rayon Chiffon Dresses

A synthetic chiffon dress is less expensive than a silk chiffon dress and a bit more durable but the material is still very delicate and should be hand washed or can be washed in a machine on the gentle cycle but be careful as washing in a machine can leave a mark or stain and should be dried naturally.

This type of dress will not tear as easily as silk. However, My personal opinion is that the feel of a synthetic chiffon dress is not as cool, light and refreshing as silk and the sensation on your skin is not as pleasant.

Chiffon Fabric Blend Dresses

To improve fabric resilience, a combination of silk and polyester can be blended together; this results in a less expensive dress and can be more easily looked after, while still retaining part of the shimmering look and silky sensation of pure silk chiffon dresses.

The History of Chiffon

Chiffon was only made of Silk for a long time until the invention of Nylon in 1938.

Then after a while Polyester was introduced in about 1958 and a blend of polyester and other synthetic fibers such as nylon, rayon, polyester, and cotton began to be made increasing the types of chiffon dresses available.

Due to this chiffon became more popular because of the more durable quality and the cheaper cost of the material.

Chiffon Dresses – Different Styles

There can be many types of chiffon dresses in relation to style.

This depends on many factors already outlined above and includes the length, skirt style, neckline and whether it has sleeves or not and what type of sleeves you want.

See below for a brief outline of the many different types of chiffon dresses there can be.

Chiffon Maxi Dresses and Chiffon Gown Styles – short or long sleeves

If you are going to a special formal event or wedding in the winter season it would be best to select a chiffon dress with sleeves to ward off the chill.

You might also want a longer chiffon maxi dress with or gown with sleeves to keep your arms and legs warm. However, going to a formal evening in the summer you would most likely prefer a chiffon maxi dress without sleeves in chiffon gown styles. Click here for this one. See more like this on Amazon.

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In my opinion, a pleated chiffon maxi dress with a plunging neckline and empire waistline would be perfect for you on this type of occasion. Click here to see prices and order from your couch on Slay it queen. Or click here to see on Amazon.

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Chiffon Maxi Dress

Chiffon Midi Dresses

A sleeveless chiffon midi dress is perfect for a summer party or prom. On the other hand, a short chiffon dress with sleeves can also be quite pretty.

I think cap sleeves are most likely the best choice for a short chiffon dress with sleeves in summer.

A chiffon midi dress is usually mid-calf length or you could go for a sexier look with an above the knee or short skirt which is just below the mid-thigh.

A short chiffon dress is not really suitable such as a mini or micro dress as the light and filmy nature of the dress is likely to fly up with a gust of wind and give the party-goers a shot of your luscious booty.

This pleated chiffon maxi dress is perfect for hiding lumps and bumps on your thighs and booty and you would look like a goddess in it. Attract the guy you want and order easily from the comfort of your own home Click here to see the current pricing on Slay It Queen. Or see also on Amazon.

Chiffon Dress Necklines

Generally, a chiffon dress is suited to several different types of neckline. The first is the jewel, which is a plain rounded neckline just above the collarbone.

The advantage of this neckline is that it allows you to display your expensive necklaces and pendants.

The next type of neckline generally used on chiffon dresses is the bateau which is a wide neckline that runs almost horizontally front and back almost to the points of the shoulders.

Another neckline that I see a lot of is the choker neck or halter neck which is just like a choker with the dress rising up and attaching to the choker or halter that is linked behind the neck.

I actually prefer this as it is a very elegant look for you if you are not into lots of bling.

Chiffon Wedding Dresses and Chiffon Bridesmaid Dresses

The chiffon dress is also suitable for an off-shoulder neckline.

Also, a halter strap with a sweetheart v neckline is sometimes used for chiffon wedding or bridesmaid’s dresses, it is formed by two heart-shaped curves of the sweetheart neckline which is usually used on a strapless dress but in this case, a halter strap is used.

The halter strap can usually be twisted to form an x shape across the upper chest or left off the shoulder to mix and match styles and suit the individual bridesmaid’s taste.

The most suitable dress length for a bridesmaid is the full-length dress. Although a chiffon maxi dress or ankle-length will also do very well.

Many maxi dresses are A-line which means they are slightly touching hips and thighs, narrower at the top and wider at the bottom, making it look like the letter A.

A maxi dress is below mid-calf but the longer dresses are actually called ankle or full, sometimes called floor length. Click here to see it on Slay It Queen for the beautiful chiffon lace dress below, which can be used for any occasion and make you look stunning. Or check out Amazon for more.

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Chiffon Gown Styles

Numerous maxi dresses are gathered; this gives the dress a billowy look and is used for the shorter midi, above the knee and mini dresses as well as the long chiffon gowns styles. A lot are A-line and can have practically any neckline.

Often the waistline is natural but can also be an empire, which is higher up below the bust or the princess waistline which is lower than the natural waistline. Another popular waistline is the Basque which forms a v at the waist, often seen in princess fairy tale style gowns.

Chiffon gowns styles can also come in an array of sleeve types. Those with no sleeves are the strapless, spaghetti strap and sleeveless styles. Other sleeve styles include cap sleeves, short sleeves, up to elbow and cap sleeves which are just long sleeves.


In terms of chiffon fabric, there are generally 3 types of chiffon dress, that is silk, synthetic, and chiffon blend. In terms of how many different types of chiffon dresses are there, well that can be unlimited due to the changing styles of fashion today. Whether you are going to a formal engagement, wedding or a party, a chiffon maxi dress or gown is perfect for any occasion.

I recommend that you choose your dress according to the season and also for the occasion. Obviously, a silk chiffon dress will be the most pleasant for you to wear. It is comfortable and pleasing to the eye in terms of the way that it feels on the skin and lightness of the fabric as the visual shimmer and sheen that will have every head turning to see who this is.

Alternatively, if you need something that will last and you are a regular party-goer you might want a chiffon fabric blend dress. However since most girls, well for me anyway, don’t want to be seen in the same dress too often and if you need something just for special occasions, why not spend a little extra money on silk chiffon dress and revel in the difference.

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Author: Patricia Mainit