If you’ve just started shopping for your wedding dress, you may notice an array of sleek, chic, and ultra-flattering crepe styles dominating your Instagram and Pinterest feed. To help you get acquainted with this ultra-premium bridal fabric, we’ve compiled our top FAQs about the crepe fabric wedding dress category; from material to wrinkling to proper undergarments. Keep scrolling!
What is Crepe Material?
First, “crepe” can refer to a variety of textures, weights, and draping styles. Traditionally these wedding gowns are made from silk but now can be made with almost any fiber. Thin crepe is usually gauzy and crinkled, whereas thicker crepe is smooth and elastic. Whatever its weight or texture, crepe is a usually a luxurious fabric choice for wedding dresses, evening gowns, and romantic accessories.
For wedding dresses, crepe is typically a smooth and luxurious fabric used to create long and graceful silhouettes. It can be styled on its own for a clean, bright impact, but is often paired with decorative embellishments with illusion, lace, and shimmer. This crepe is opaque, medium weight, and easy to form to the figure.
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Types of Crepe
Crepe can be woven with a variety of natural and synthetic fibers. Some of the most common types of crepe are:
- Aerophane Crepe: a delicate, gauze-like fabric used for blouses, dresses, and embellishments.
- Canton Crepe: a Chinese fabric used in Asian-style garments.
- Crepe de Sante: a rougher, rustic weave of crepe.
- Crepe Georgette: a thin, silk-like fabric with an elastic weave. It’s commonly used in evening wear and bridal gowns.
- Heavy Stretch Crepe: Structured, scuba-like crepe used often in formfitting silhouettes.
- Spandex or Scuba Crepe: Similar to heavy stretch crepe, this smooth crepe is luxe, thick, and elastic.
What is a Crepe Wedding Dress?
A crepe wedding dress is a sleek, often minimalist-style gown made from a smooth and slightly stretchy draping. Crepe fabric is distinguished for its flowy yet striking appearance; brides love it for its ideal thickness, comfortable elasticity, and versatility for embellishments.
Is Crepe Fabric Flattering?
The variety of textures and fabrications makes crepe a chic and flattering choice for dresses. Light to midweight crepe fabric is silky and gauzy—a lovely choice for lightweight dresses and breezy blouses. Heavier crepe is more like a shapewear-style fabric: thick, smooth, and stretchy for evenings dresses and wedding gowns.
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Are Crepe Wedding Dresses Comfortable?
When paired with proper undergarments, crepe wedding dresses are arguably the most comfortable of bridal fabrications; they’re soft, stretchy, and heavy enough to smooth and support your curves. If you choose a lightweight crepe, you’ll love the gauzy, drapable fabric. If you choose a heavier weave, you’ll love the scuba-like stretch and smooth finish.
Our most comfortable (i.e., thick) crepe wedding dresses are all about the shapewear effect; they’re a great choice for all-day support and wearability. You’ll love this fabric for its smooth weave, comfortable texture, and ultra-flattering silhouette.
Are Crepe Wedding Dresses Stretchy?
Yes, heavier crepe wedding dresses are usually stretchy. Lightweight crepe tends to be gauzy and silky (not stretchy), but heavy crepe (more commonly used for wedding dresses) is usually elastic and formfitting. Brides favor crepe for its scuba-like weave and smooth texture.
Do Crepe Wedding Dresses Crease?
Some crepe creases easily, but most do not. A crepe fabric wedding dress may need steaming when you first pull it out of the closet or garment bag, but its heavier weave helps to keep it in tiptop condition all evening long. The same applies to lightweight crepe. Your wedding dress will need some steaming to look photo-ready, but its crinkly texture helps to disguise new creases as the day goes on.
This all being said, the thinner the weave and texture of your crepe, the more likely it will wrinkle and crease—especially if folded away for long periods of time. Polyester and nylon crepe are easy to de-wrinkle at home, whereas silk crepe should be handled by a professional.
Stretch or scuba crepe tends to hold its original shape, especially once relaxed; this makes it a lovely choice to avoid creases and wrinkles. To get this feature in your wedding dress, look for styles with high percentages of spandex and stretch knit incorporated into the fabric blend.
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Ways to Get Wrinkles Out of Crepe Wedding Dress
It’s easy to de-wrinkle your gown at home with a low-heat iron, garment steamer, or hot shower method if your crepe fabric wedding dress is made of polyester or stretch elastic. The most important part of the process is prevention. If you store your crepe with care, the less it will wrinkle and crease. When the crepe does wrinkle, here are the best ways to restore its silhouette:
- Use a Little Steam: If you have one, a small hand-held steamer is all you need to smooth out wrinkles in crepe.
- Apply an Iron on Low Heat. Cotton and synthetic crepe (NOT silk) can typically be ironed on a super low setting. Check your clothing label, test a small area, and proceed carefully. Don’t Use the Steam Feature on Your Iron.
- Hang the Crepe Dress in Your Bathroom with the Hot Shower Running. This is an easy, gentle way to de-wrinkle your crepe. Hang your crepe fabric wedding dress on a clean hanger (preferably a fabric one; wood and plastic may put too much pressure on your gown’s straps), place it on the back of your bathroom door, and turn the shower water on high. Don’t put the dress on your shower rod. This is likely too close to the water stream and it may get wet. Run the water for about 20-30 minutes for the full steam effect.
- Let the Dress Hang. Once you’ve steamed or treated your crepe wedding dress, keep it hanging vertically. This lets the steaming set in and prevents the fabric from re-wrinkling.
- However You Treat Fabric Wrinkles, Avoid Stretching, Twisting, and Overheating Crepe. Wedding dress fabrics are delicate and sensitive to pressure. If you’re not careful with your de-wrinkling, you can end up creating uneven sections of color and texture in your gown.
What Do You Wear Under a Crepe Wedding Dress?
Depending on the thickness of the weave, a crepe fabric wedding dress is flattering, but it may need a little bit of support. Thicker scuba-style fabrics are good for that “shapewear” effect, but thin and medium stretch crepes would benefit from a trusty layer of smoothing undergarments.
Our favorite shapewear styles for a crepe wedding dress are:
- Shorts: mid-to calf-length depending on your gown’s silhouette.
- A Thong or Boy Shorts: good for an effortless summer look.
- Tummy Control: these help smooth and cinch in your waist—particularly helpful if your crepe wedding dress is a bit looser and silkier.
- A Strapless Front Bra: Great for low-back or illusion-back styles.
- A Full Catsuit or Bodysuit: An excellent choice for sleeved wedding dresses and cooler temps.
Check out our full rundown of undergarments for your wedding dress in the link!
What Seasons are Good for Crepe Fabric Wedding Dresses?
A crepe material wedding dress is suited for all kinds of weather, but especially fall, winter, and spring. Crepe comes in a variety of fabrics, weaves, and weights, so it’s easy to shop for a gorgeous wedding dress to suit your season, venue, and comfort level.
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Pros of a Crepe Fabric Wedding Dress
The main attractions of a crepe wedding dress are its cool, contemporary feel and ultra-comfortable fabrication. Brides also love its striking contrast to embellishments, lighting, and venue settings. A crepe gown truly stands out!
Things we love about a crepe style:
- Crepe is smooth, chic, and ultra-flattering. Its thick texture makes it ideal for minimalist designs and fit-and-flare silhouettes.
- Crepe is light and breathable—perfect for outdoor weddings in warm weather. It’s flowy, figure-enhancing, and perfectly cut for relaxed yet formfitting designs.
- Crepe is versatile. It comes in a variety of textures and fold styles to fit your vision and aesthetic.
- Crepe is a gorgeous choice for embellishments like lace, illusion, and crystals. Shimmery statement backs, bejeweled cuffs, and plunging necklines are often the highlight of a crepe material wedding dress.
Cons of a Crepe Wedding Dress
There aren’t many cons to a crepe fabric wedding dress, but brides do tend to favor stiffer fabrics like tulle and lace if they are worried about their silhouette. Though brides love the comfortable stretch of crepe, they may find it’s a tradeoff for cinching in their midsections and upper thighs.
The most common concerns of a crepe wedding dress are:
- Heavy crepe is better suited for fitted styles like mermaid and sheath, and less suitable for A-lines and ball gowns.
- Lightweight crepe tends to be more airy, gauzy, and layer-able. It’s less suited for fitted silhouettes and better for fuller A-lines and ball gowns.
- Your dress will show creases and imperfections underneath depending on how much spandex is incorporated into your crepe material. Avoid visible panty lines by choosing a stiffer, thicker crepe or by incorporating seamless shapewear.
- Some brides dislike the feel of a thick crepe wedding dress for warm-weather weddings. They may prefer a gauzy tulle or airy chiffon.
Smitten with the option of a crepe fabric wedding dress for your big day? We can’t wait to see your personalized bridal look! If you’re still looking at other options, check out our rundown of wedding dress fabrics in the link, as well as these long sleeve crepe wedding dresses in a variety of embellishments, silhouettes, and accessories. Happy shopping!