What Are You (Really) Wearing? For the Love of Chiffon

As a top trend in 2013, chiffon combines elegance with effortless style – but what exactly makes this sheer beauty such a standout?


The term “chiffon” comes from the French word for “rag.” The origin of the term doesn’t designate chiffon as a low-grade material, but rather highlights the simple technique used to weave the fabric. Since its discovery some 4,000 years ago, silk chiffon has remained a desired import from China. Most luxury chiffon is still silk-based, though more affordable varieties – made of polyester or nylon – have become available with the invention of synthetics.

Today, you can find chiffon draped on everything from shirts to skirts as the ultimate sheer overlay for every shape. And if the runways tell us anything, we’ll be seeing a lot of it this upcoming season.

By Jillian Hudon, Staff Writer

Want the lowdown on fabrics and more? Follow our What Are You (Really) Wearing? column every Tuesday.   

Not a Member and like The (Style) Guide? You’ll love Rue La La. Join now.

August 6, 2013