Chiffon dresses will always remain popular and stay in the must-have list of every fashionista. Comfortable and elegant, Nigerian chiffon dresses are stylish regardless of current trends. In summer countries like Nigeria, chiffon is one of the most sought-after materials, light enough to let you feel the comfortable weather and quite exquisite to create an elegant image.
If you are looking for impressive latest chiffon styles in Nigeria, the best place to check out is Bellanaija. Bella Naija started as a blog, which grew into one of the leading informative and entertaining resources. This is the first place to look for the relevant content and the latest news on fashion, showbiz, wedding, music, and of course amazing Bella Naija styles. Before we dive into Bella Nigeria fashion and Bella Naija chiffon styles in particular, here are the basics about chiffon every fashionista should know.
Styles to sew with chiffon
Chiffon comes from French and means “scrap” or “patch.” Despite this quibble, it is the most popular material for evening gowns. The list of clothing items, which can be made of chiffon fabric is quite long:
- Cocktail dresses and gowns
- Wedding gowns
- Textile bead necklaces
- Decorative elements (ruches, volants, ruffles)
Types of chiffon
Depending on the texture and the peculiarities of netting, there are several types of chiffon fabric.
Silk chiffon has a sleek texture and is used mainly for evening wear. It was extremely popular during art nouveau period, so your dress will look slightly retro.
Cotton chiffon was originally used for underwear, but now it is often featured as the material for summer dresses. Moreover, it has become an inseparable part of the informal look.
Nylon chiffon is much cheaper compared to the abovementioned types, often available in bold color solutions, and more durable.
Crepe chiffon is slightly rugged and very thin, but it doesn’t wrinkle easily.
Jacquard chiffon features large textural design and reminds embroidery or delicate embossment.
Satin chiffon is sleek, gloss, and shiny. It is very aesthetic and visually attractive.
Versicolour chiffon has an interesting feature: it changes the shade depending on the intensity and angle of illumination.
Reversible chiffon consists of two layers, often of contrasting colors.
Chiffon with lurex is decorated with glittering metalized threads, usually silver or golden.
Pros and cons of wearing chiffon
- Chiffon dresses, especially made of cotton chiffon, let the body breeze freely.
- It is very light and long-wearing simultaneously. Durability is one of its main benefits.
- It is soft and pleasant to touch.
- Chiffon has a very aesthetic look: it drapes and falls well, helping to cover body shape imperfections.
- It is easy to combine with other fabrics, like leather, knitted fabric, and fur. You can be sure to get an interesting and stylish look.
- You can wear it in cold weather combined with high-count fabrics.
- It dries out fast.
- It is hypoallergic and thermoregulation.
- You should not wash chiffon clothes in a washing machine; only hand washing laundry is appropriate. Otherwise, the fabric loses original color and even shape.
- It is difficult to work with if you are sewing a dress on your own.
- Intensive sunlight impact leads to discolorment.
- In case of inappropriate drying, the fabric can get covered with mildew.
- It is very delicate and complicated to look after. However, chiffon fabric is rather dressy: as a rule, it is not used for everyday clothes, so it is not a huge problem.
Chiffon garment care
The first and foremost thing is to study a label on chiffon clothes and strictly follow the directions during laundry, ironing, etc.
Things to remember:
- Dry cleaner is preferable.
- The maximum temperature of hand washing laundry is 30°C.
- As it dries out fast, place chiffon clothes on a drying rack in a horizontal position for more convenient ironing.
- Iron chiffon clothes when they are slightly wet.
- The ultimate temperature for ironing is 120°C.
Bella Naija chiffon designs
The story of Nigerian chiffon dress styles (and not only dress, by the way) on Bella Naija is outlined by fashion shows, new collections by famous designers, and celebrity festivities. Let’s take a look at the major events and most impressive chiffon styles.
Stella McCartney’s Spring/Summer 2018 Collection
Bad news first: world-famous designer was accused of cultural appropriation. McCartney pretended to “re-discover” native African prints, causing a rush of indignation, including the obvious discontent that African-style clothing was presented by white models only. Nevertheless, the collection is eye-catching and memorable.
Quiet Storm Collection by Fulani Fashion
The same season (Spring/Summer 2018) and the same controversial issue: the lack of African models to represent what is supposed to be their heritage. Although Ankara styles still keep strong position on the catwalks all around the world, they seem to be a bit isolated from the integral image and cultural code unity. Again, there are a lot of ideas for inspiration, and Bella Naija does not forget to demonstrate the Nigerian-Austrian fashion brand collection to readers.
AFI-Privé at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week
Light fabrics and bold colors is the formula of the latest collection, so chiffon styles are in abundance this time.
The Resort 2017 Collection by Grey
Oseyi Etomi draws inspiration from traditional Yoruba culture and keeps developing the brand, which has already become the highlight of luxury African fashion. From loungewear to workwear, you will find enough impressive outfits, all with striking colors and clean cuts.
2017 Wearable Art Gala
California African Museum in Los Angeles became the beauty residence for a day, hosting the event with so many stylish attendees.
Hibiscus Collection by Sophie Zinga
A bit older, this collection by the Senegalese based fashion brand still remains one of the most impressive, when it comes to chiffon styles featured on Bella Naija.
Keep track of the hottest trends in Bella Naija fashion. And do not forget to check out lace styles on Bellanaija!
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