Chiffon, Chiffon, Everywhere! These past few seasons have been all about chiffon. Blouses, skirts, dresses.
The sheer light weight and very beautifully draping fabric looks good in a multitude of shades and styles. It lends itself well to loose-fitting blouses.
What do I love about chiffon blouses? You can throw on a camisole underneath and you have a wonderful silhouette viewable from the outside, but the flowing color and drape of the fabric tends to hide those lumps and bumps. I purchased myself some cute chiffon blouses from Torrid before the summer began, and they make a summer day pretty enjoyable.
Not to mention dark chiffon’s with busy patterns allow for wear without a camisole, which makes the look even more light and airy and wonderful.
However, chiffon does have its drawbacks. The worst of which it’s very easy to snag if you’re not careful. One of my closest friends was recently told that she was not responsible enough to wear chiffon. So where is this going?
Well, if you are not an avid or regular wearer of chiffon, you may see these beautifully designed pieces in stores right now and be apprehensive to give it a go. So here are my top 6 tips for beginner chiffon wearers, both for wear and care of these gorgeous garments.
1. Start with a Polyester Chiffon. Why polyester? It’s a pretty inexpensive and durable fabric, so you won’t end up paying highway robbery for silk that is not only expensive to purchase, but also costly to clean as most silk garments are dry clean only. That also said silk chiffon in my opinion snags way easier than polyester chiffon.
2. NEVER dry your chiffon in a dryer. Polyester chiffon doesn’t tend to wrinkle and it isn’t hard to care for. Make sure to wash your chiffon garments in a perm press or delicate wash on cold and when it’s done, just hang it up in the bathroom. It won’t end up being stiff like other garments when they hang dry, but it will lengthen the life of your garment.
3. Don’t wear your chiffon garments for a rigorous day. I love to wear chiffon, but I work a day job where I process paperwork and move and file boxes. This means lots of lifting, rough edges of cardboard boxes, and the sharp metal edges of filing cabinets, that are just perfect for snagging those super fine threads. Save your chiffon garments for a desk job, a relaxing evening out. If you’re going to be rolling on concrete or velcro, this is not the garment for you.
4. Start with a dark, patterned or textured chiffon to start. Dark colors such as black, navy or brown in addition to busy patterns or a crinkled texture will hide the inevitable snarls that are bound to happen. Having a darker or patterned chiffon means that a small snag here or there isn’t going to make the garment un-wearable. Start with a darker color to find out if you’re life really is full of abrasive materials to snag this luxurious fabric. My first chiffon garment was a gorgeous knee-length sun dress. It was a black textured polyester chiffon. The garment itself with the above rules is still kicking, but I definitely had some snags to tend to.
5. NEVER pull a snag. You see a loose thread, I know all of our first instincts is to pull it. With chiffon this is a horrible idea. What will end up happening is a larger noticeable line pucker in your garment. Since it’s a woven and not a knit, it won’t unravel if the thread is cut. If it pulled itself, gently pull the fabric along the snag and whatever thread is left over, cut with some sharp snips or scissors. It’s not the ideal, but it at least won’t keep unraveling.
6. Get your garment repaired if it’s tearing in the seam. In addition if seams are showing wear and shredding, do not continue to wear the garment before it’s repaired. Continued wear will continue to shred the fabric until there is no way to really repair the shredded fabric because you’ve turned the seam into its individual threads.
So happy chiffon wearing! It’s a gorgeous fabric and it does marvelous things, but keep these tips in mind before you go out and spend hundreds of dollars on that gorgeous cream silk chiffon blouse.
Your fashion guide,