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If your wedding falls during a very hot and humid time of year, or if you’re getting hitched somewhere that’s warm year round, there are a few fabrics you should consider while dress shopping. You don’t want to end up in something heavy and spend the day sweating in your gown! We’ve rounded up a few fabrics that work best for high temps.

Charmeuse
Characterized by its illustrious sheen, this fabric moves smoothly and seductively, which is great for your big walk down the aisle. It gives off the perfect amount of shine, while still looking sophisticated. If your warm-weather wedding has a more formal vibe, this would be a good way to go.

Charmeuse
Charmeuse

Chiffon
This lightweight fabric is sheer, which is why it’s usually layered or used as an accent on many gowns. It has an ethereal aesthetic to it and drapes beautifully. If your ceremony is by the beach, opt for a gown made of this; just picture how gorgeous you’ll look in a gown that’s blowing in the ocean breeze! It’s sure to create some stellar photo opportunities.

chiffon
chiffon

Crepe
This is one of the most durable (yet lightweight) silk fabrics and drapes beautifully. Its clean and crisp appearance is flattering in all the right ways. It’s perfect for soft silhouettes, so if you want to avoid something structured, this is a great way to go. It’s not typically layered with anything else, making it a great pick for a summer celebration.

Crepe
Crepe

Swiss Dot
For a summer bride seeking something a bit more playful, this breathable fabric is complete with a unique dotted motif. It’s extremely lightweight and is one of the best options out there if you want to stay cool all day long. It’s super feminine and adds some personality to your overall bridal look.

Swiss Dot
Swiss Dot

Illusion
A sheer net fabric that is often used as a unique detail or element on a gown. Illusion sleeves, necklines and backs are all popular uses of illusion fabric. This is a great option for a bride who wants to show a little skin while still keeping things classy and modest.

Illusion
Illusion
Organza
If you’re seeking something with a bit more structure without forfeiting a lightweight fabric, this is your go-to option. It’s has a glistening finish, giving off a romantic feel. It’s often used to enhance fullness on ball gown skirts or lengthy trains.
Organza
Organza
Tulle
It’s a sheer, open net fabric that’s often used for tutus. You may also see it used underneath a dress to add volume to a skirt. It’s relatively light and delicate and can be used in a variety of ways. Layers of tiered tulle create a romantic ball gown look, making it a great option for brides seeking that princess moment for their walk down the aisle.
Tulle
Tulle