Some fabrics can really add to the design of the dress, while other fabrics can detract from the style. Here's a quick guide to some of the most common wedding dress fabrics. A sheer silk, this is light and floaty, very beautiful. Often used in veils and trains and as a sheer layer over dresses, softens the silhouette of the dress. Style, cut, texture, drape, and season are all-important factors in determining the best fabric for a wedding gown. Some fabrics cling to the body, while others stand away. Some are cherished for their crispness, others for being light as air. Silk, a natural fiber that exudes an innate quality of refinement is undoubtedly the most sought-after and cherished wedding dress material, noted for its resiliency, elasticity, and strength. Silk threads are woven to create various fabrics, including satin, a densely-woven silk notable for its super-lustrous gloss; duchesse satin, a blend of silk and rayon that is lighter and more affordable than pure silk satin; charmeuse, a lightweight silk satin with a more subdued luster; then there are the gauzier, textured silks like chiffon, tulle, and organza, all used in multiple layers for gown skirts since they are transparent, but lightweight.