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PROM DRESSES FABRIC BASICS: CHIFFON

Formal, prom and ball dresses come in a range of different designs and fabrics with some styles being more suited to certain materials. With the variety of fabrics it can make prom and ball dress shopping confusing.

Chiffon is a popular fabric type widely used for evening dresses, formal gowns, bridal gowns and bridesmaids dresses for it’s delicate look and feel, giving off an elegant, soft, floaty and feminine look to the dress. Chiffon evening dresses are very elegant, delicate and beautiful for any formal occasion, making it a real formal wear gem.

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Chiffon is a light and sheer fabric so often used as an overlay on top of a satin or sateen material for formal dresses. There are 2 types of chiffon material (1) nylon (polyester) chiffon and (2) silk chiffon.

(1) Nylon chiffon is the cheaper of the two chiffon materials and is made from a synthetic material such as polyester.

(2) Silk chiffon is the premium chiffon type and obviously, costs more due to the overall higher quality and durability of the fabric.

How to hand wash chiffon formal dresses:

Be extra careful if your chiffon formal dress has moderate to heavy embellishments such as beads, sequins, rhinestones, appliques or other delicate detailing.

  • Fill a large laundry basis/sink or bathtub with cold water. NB: Ensure that the water is cold and not warm as warm water can damage the delicate chiffon fibers. Also, the sink or basin should be large enough to fit your evening dress comfortably.
  • Add a small amount of mild laundry detergent and stir to mix in with the water until well combined.
  • Submerge the chiffon formal dress in the water and soap and gently stir to dampen the entire dress to loosen any dirt.
  • Let the chiffon dress sit and soak for 20-30 minutes.
  • If you have any stains remaining after this time, add a small amount of mild liquid detergent to the stain and rub very gently over the area with your finger or a soft sponge. Then allow to sit for a further 15 minutes.
  • Drain the soapy water and then refill with cold clean water. Gently stir the chiffon evening dress to remove any residual soap and repeat process until water is clear and dress is clear of any soap residue.

Remember:

  • Don’t be alarmed if your chiffon dress bleeds dye the first time you wash your dress.
  • Embellishments can get caught and tangled with the delicate chiffon material during handwash so it is best to not stir the dress around too vigorously or too much.
  • Long or chipped fingernails can get caught on the chiffon material and snag, so take extra care when washing. You can wear gloves to prevent this from happening.
  • Chiffon is very sheer, light and delicate so take care with the material to avoid any tears, shrinkage to the dress. Do not scrub or wring the chiffon dress.

Drying chiffon formal dresses:

The best way to dry chiffon formal dresses is to let it air dry naturally. Some tips with drying your chiffon dress;

  • Do not dry chiffon dresses with a hair dryer as the harsh heat will damage the delicate fibers of the material.
  • Do not wring your chiffon dress! This will deform the chiffon fibers and the embellishments may get tangled and catch on the material.
  • Ensure all the zips are zipped up so it doesn’t get caught on the dress or on any embellishments.
  • Air dry the dress in a shaded area out of direct sunlight to prevent fabric colour fading.
  • If possible, allow your chiffon dress to lay flat to dry to prevent the water weight stretch and pull the dress.

Check out our range of beautiful chiffon formal dresses that is perfect for any formal occasion such as school balls, prom or even for bridesmaids.

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BUYERS BEWARE! CHECK SCAM PROM/FORMAL WEBSITES

Formal dresses for school balls and proms can be expensive which is why shopping online for discounted and “cheap” formal dresses is usually a good idea but unfortunately there are also fake and counterfeit formal dresses websites that spoil the online shopping experience for shoppers. There are plenty of horror stories of girls finding their dream prom dress online, order it and when their dress arrives (in some cases, it doesn’t arrive at all!) it is a complete mess. The dress received is nothing like what the actual dress that was shown on the website. Furthermore, there is no way to return the dress or get a refund!

These fake websites often claim they sell DESIGNER formal dresses, prom gowns, bridesmaid dresses and wedding gowns at 80% off retail price. They display stunning and beautiful shots of the dresses on their websites and the prices are only a fraction of what the RRP is. How good is that! It just sounds too good to be true, and in actuality, it is. These websites do a fantastic job at luring customers in to buy with the attractive design and layout of their websites, stolen dress shots from the actual brand/designer and too good to be true prices. These fake formal dresses usually are made in China with exceptionally bad craftsmanship.

The deep discounts are a huge bait to get people to make a purchase but don’t be fooled. The people behind these websites know the prices are almost irresistible and take full advantage by advertising site-wide of all the special prices, discounts and savings you get by purchasing a dress from their company. Trying to save some money isn’t worth getting scammed by these counterfeit websites!

In short, our best piece of advice for buyers looking to buy online is enter the URL of the website you are intending to purchase off at http://www.scamadviser.com

This is a very helpful website that provides information on the website and also provides an analysis of whether the website is deemed a risk website that has either been reported as a scam website.

Here we run an example of our website www.enviousfashions.com.au

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We ran a scan on another website which many buyers have questioned the authenticity of the website and also many online reviews that this website have left many buyers disappointed and angry.

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Keep scamadviser.com website handy and run a check whenever you’re in doubt! Please note we take no responsibility for any potential inaccurate results from this website as it only a recommendation on our behalf to help buyers shop safer.

If you have any further questions, please drop us a line. Happy safe shopping!

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2016 FORMAL EVENING GOWNS/BALL COLLECTIONDRESSES

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We will be unveiling our brand new 2016 formal evening gowns and ball dresses in February 2016. Our new range will include many different styles include one shoulder, strapless, sweetheart, strappy and so many more.

Envious Fashion’s formal evening dresses are perfect for formal occasions such as school balls, prom, special events and bridesmaids. For bridesmaids, we welcome custom orders of any evening dresses within our collection which can be made in the style, colour and to your bridesmaid’s measurements.

For school balls, our evening gowns are perfect for this special occasion as you can be assured no one else will have the same ball dress as you. The evening dresses are handmade by in house tailors and made available off the rack with only one made in each style.

We also accept custom made orders for bridesmaid dresses for any of the dress styles in our collection. This means we can make custom sizes to fit your individual bridesmaids. If there is a particular style you like in our collection, you are able to make a custom order in the dress style in our collection and also have the dress made in the colour of your choice if you have a bridal colour theme or preference. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

We are a small family owned business so we work closely on every aspect of the dress making process. We design the evening dress styles, source the fabrics, beading, embellishments both locally and internationally and sew the entire dress in house. This includes every composition of the dress from hand sewing all the dress’s embellishments of beading, crystals, jewels and embroideries. The dress making process of each dress is meticulous so you know your dress is one of a kind and special.

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So if you have a school ball, wedding or other special occasion coming up and looking for a beautiful evening gown at a reasonable price, stay tuned for our 2016 collection! Check back at our our website for our new and beautiful range.
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Logies 2012 Red Carpet Dresses – Recreating the fashion forward celebrity styles

We extend our congratulations to Hamish Blake who claimed the golden Logies for 2012. He radiates down to earth charisma and boyish charms, whilst being the funny man that we’ve known and grown to love him as.

Again, we extend compliments to Blake for the win but…..our posts predominately encompass all things exclusively about fashion and all things girly!

On the topic of the Logies, a news worthy event as such would not be what it is without the media and public’s speculation over celebrities and their outfits they wear to attend these events.

Here we highlight the fashion forward celebs that were featured as the night’s best dressed and we show you how you can replicate their style for your next special occasion with our amazing collection of newly arrived evening dresses, at super affordable prices!

Our favourite dress of the evening is The Voice’s judge Delta Goodrem’s grecian like white floor length dress. She looked like a modern goddess in her white floaty dress, positively radiating.

You can replicate Delta’s dress with our “Goddess” floor length white evening dress for only $149.95!

This dress has been intricately custom made and the best part? There is only 1 of this dress available! That means the dress will be exclusive to only you!

For full description and more photos visit our website link http://enviousfashions.com.au/store/online-dresses/evening-dresses-australia/long-white-evening-dress-goddess

A red dress for the red carpet! Considering the much anticipation and speculation that she’d score the big award, Gold Logie nominee Carrie Bickmore had to pick a dress that demanded star status. Carried opted for siren red in her sweetheart neckline evening gown that was fitted at the bust and the dress skirt cascading beautifully. This beautiful shade of red will sure get you noticed.

Replicate Carrie’s dress with our version of this stunning design with our “Amore” evening gown, for $129.95.

For full description and more photos visit our website link http://enviousfashions.com.au/store/online-dresses/evening-dresses-australia/long-red-evening-dress-amore

Black evening gowns, always being a classic is a tad on the safe side at such events when the media and public is speculating and scrutinizing every celeb’s outfit. Miss Universe 2008 Laura Dundovic looked prim and slim in a long black evening gown with a pleated fan like cut at the bust.

Look just as dazzling as Laura in our “Endless Love” floor length evening gown for only $124.95.

For full description and and more photos visit our website link http://enviousfashions.com.au/store/online-dresses/evening-dresses-australia/long-black-strapless-evening-dress

Look just as stunning as these celebrities for your next special occasion with our collection of beautifully custom made dresses without the celebrity price tags! These beautiful evening dresses are perfectly suited for proms, balls, cocktail event, bridal wear and more!

All dresses are in stock and available for purchase at www.enviousfashions.com.au 

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