Crepe is a fabric known for its unique rippling texture, often seen in curtains and window treatments. It has a distinguished texture and crisp hand. It comes in many forms and weights, which makes it quite versatile. Heavier weight crepe is best for items like business and formal wear, unlike lighter and airier crepe, which is more desirable for fall and winter. I find it a bit more challenging to know what to make with it, so if you need a little crepe inspiration that goes beyond drapery and home furnishings—I’ve got it for you!
Crepe is used for home textiles and in fashion, probably more often than you might think. For those who need formal and business wear, crepe is an excellent choice. From blouses and pants to formal gowns, crepe’s fluid drape makes it visually appealing and gorgeous on the body. Although crepe can be bubbly and crinkly in lighter weights, a heavier weight crepe is much more smooth and formfitting, similar to shapewear. Crepe is also affected by the fibers it’s made from. For a more breathable crepe, it’s best when made with organic fibers.
Need something to wear to the office? Dresses and suits are excellent choices for crepe fabric. Stretch crepe creates a tailored look that pairs well with suiting, such as blazers and professional dresses. Current styles are great to sprinkle into your wardrobe, but well-tailored pieces like a crepe suit or sheath dress will lend their versatility to many occasions. Mix the best of both worlds by opting for a blazer dress, if a more trendy workwear piece is more up your alley.
Dresses meant for formal events, like private events or weddings are an ideal match for crepe. Popular styles for crepe bridal gowns are more dialed down and simple silhouettes, such as fit and flare, mermaid, and sheath. A heavier-weight crepe is smoother and more elastic, offering a shapewear effect that smooths and flatters the body, used for elegant silhouettes as seen in special event wear. Crepe pairs well with embellishments used for wedding gowns like lace and shimmery details, serving as an excellent companion.
With so many crepe options available, it’s easy to incorporate it into your wardrobe for any occasion in your life, from work to special events and beyond. It’s a great textile for both home and fashion.
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