The way you dress does a lot more than just keep you clothed. Primarily, studies have shown that dressing appropriately for different occasions can enhance your perceived credibility, and competence, leading to more positive outcomes in various settings. For example, say you organize a charity event raising money for assisted living facilities. By dressing well, you could catch the attention of important people in the room who could fund your next event. 

Plus, the way you dress can influence your own mood and behavior, affecting your level of motivation and productivity.

However, shopping for formal wear can be tricky. For example, with the rise of online shopping, it can be difficult to accurately gauge the quality and fit of formal wear without trying it on first. Luckily, knowledge of fabrics helps when shopping so here are some of the top fabrics used for formal wear. 

Silk 

Silk is a natural protein fiber that is produced by silkworms and has been used in clothing for centuries. Popular for its luxurious texture, natural sheen, breathability, and softness, silk makes for a comfortable choice for formal wear.

Silk Fabric

Plus, silk is also versatile, made into a variety of textures and finishes, including satin, chiffon, and organza. Satin silk, in particular, is a popular choice for formal wear as it has a smooth and shiny surface that gives an elegant and sophisticated look. Silk chiffon is a more lightweight and flowy fabric that drapes beautifully.

Silk does require special care and attention, however, as it is a delicate fabric that can easily be damaged by rough handling or exposure to moisture. 

Lace

Lace is a delicate and intricate fabric that has been used for centuries to create elegant and sophisticated garments, including formal wear. Popular for its sheer texture, and delicate hand feel lace adds a touch of sophistication to any outfit.

However, you want to keep in mind the style and formality of the event or occasion when choosing a lace fabric. For more formal events, it's best to opt for a more structured lace for a refined and polished look appropriate for events like weddings, galas, and formal dinners.

On the other hand, lace with a looser structure works better for semi-formal occasions such as a cocktail party or a less formal wedding reception.

Brocade

Characterized by its raised patterns, which are created by weaving together different threads of varying colors and textures, brocade is another luxurious and intricate fabric that has been used for formal wear for centuries. Popular for its capacity to withstand frequent wear and tear without losing its shape or texture, the fabric is a smart investment for anyone looking to purchase formal wear.

Plus, brocade is versatile, used for everything from royal robes and traditional ball gowns to wedding gowns and modern cocktail dresses. 

Brocade is typically made from silk, but it can also be made from other fibers such as cotton or polyester.

Picking what to wear to any formal event is a big deal. By knowing about these and more top fabrics used in the making of formal wear, your decision can be that much easier. 

March 27, 2023 — Jose Uribe

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