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Satin and Taffeta: What’s the Difference?

If you’ve been looking at formal dresses for very long, you’ve probably noticed that while each dress is made with a different fabric, there are some fabrics that are used more often than others. Satin and Taffeta fabrics are two of the most often used fabrics in formalwear, especially in dresses for young children. For instance, if you do a quick search on the KidsFormal.com website, you’ll instantly notice that most of our flower girl dresses are made with either satin or taffeta. So, what’s the difference between the two materials?

Girls Satin box pleated dress

Satin: Upon the touch, satin has a very smooth, almost silky feel to it. The material flows very well and does a great job of reflecting light to achieve the “gleam” it’s known for. The reason for the smooth feel of satin is because of the way it’s woven. It is woven from the same fibers as taffeta, but it has more over threads than it does under threads. Satin is often preferred by designers when creating a gown that is figure-fitting and elegant.

Girls Embroidered Taffeta Dress

Taffeta: Taffeta looks just like satin upon first glance, which is why you have to touch the fabric before deciding which it is. Unlike satin, taffeta has a more textured feel to it. This is because it is woven with equal amounts of under threads and over threads. This not only makes the material feel more textured, but it gives it the ability to hold its shape easier than satin. Therefore, this is the often the material chosen for dresses featuring full skirts, or “ballroom” gowns.


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