For sure, you know at least a little bit about clothing, but wouldn’t a Quinceanera Dress Guide to Fabrics & Colors be a great help?
- You might have some opinions on the styles of formal gowns you’ve seen on the red carpet in magazines and on television.
- Maybe you have a favorite fairytale look from the movies.
- You also might have an idea of what colors you want as your theme.
Now is the time to use that knowledge to choose the perfect dress to make you a red carpet celebrity on your fifteenth birthday!
That perfect gown absolutely must be stylish, but believe it or not, it doesn’t have to be expensive. You just need to know what to look for. So in addition to the pins you probably already have, we’ve put together a guide on fabrics & skirt styles.
This will help you choose a Quinceanera dress that’s red carpet ready in design, but not so expensive that your dress will eat up your entire party budget.
Once you know the look you want, you’ll for sure be able to find that Quinceanera dress at a price even your parents will love!
Quinceanera Dress Guide to Fabrics & Skirts: Classic Fabrics
If you want that princess-ballerina feel, choose tulle for your skirt. This amazing fabric is made of silk or nylon and sometimes rayon.
For a more detailed design, add some lace appliques.
The only downside with tulle is that it easily snags, so be extra careful if you plan to use this fabric.
Lace has been a hot item in fashion for quite a few years. It’s often used as an overlay but like tulle, lace has a tendency to snag unless you choose just the right weave.
There are several different types of lace: Chantilly, Venice & Embroidered Lace are examples.
Some lace is sturdier than others, so ask your retailer for ideas.
If you want to look both classic and trendy, choose lace for your Quinceanera dress.
Organza is more structured than tulle, but it’s still lightweight and gives a lovely otherworldly feel. Crisp like chiffon, organza is made of sheer silk and is nicely lightweight, So if your Quince is scheduled for the warmer summer months, this breathable fabric will be perfect. Organza also is fabulous for sleeves and overlays.
A lot of Quinceaneras love satin because it really gives them that “princess” feel. Satin is very popular because, even though it looks like a fairytale, it’s durable! Duchess satin is a heavy-weight fabric used in structured gowns while crepe satin is more lightweight. You’ll find Quinceanera dresses in both types, so you just need to choose according to the weather.
Mikado is a heavier type of silk that gives a dress structure but still keeps you feeling fresh & cool.
Quinceanera Dress Guide to Fabrics & Skirts: Modern Specialty Fabrics
- All of these fabrics are variations on the classics listed above.
Tip: Embroidered Tulle gives lovely visual interest to classic white like the dress shown below. The feathered sleevelets are the perfect whimsical touch.
Lace on Mikado Silk
Quinceanera Dress Guide to Fabrics & Skirts: Quinceanera Skirt Styles
Since most Quinceanera gowns have wide, ballroom skirts, it’s usually better to leave the delicate embellishments for the bodice. But that doesn’t mean you’re stuck with a plain skirt. There are all types of design option, and many dresses are designed with more than one style in a single gown. Here are examples of dresses in each of the basic skirt styles plus a few classic combinations:
Rosettes & Ruffles
Pickups are a pretty texture variation that are made by “picking up” the dress fabric & tacking it to the lining or underneath layer.
This dress features a pickup layer over tiered ruffles:
This pretty style layers ruffles over a smooth skirt
A Charro Quinceanera is a traditional Mexican-style celebration. These dresses have a signature smooth peplum over a skirt with tightly packed ruffles.
This dress has a traditional ruffled skirt with an extended peplum. Remove the big skirt & you have a party dress!
Quinceanera dresses with Trains
Trains look amazing when you’re walking down the aisle at Mass. Especially if you’re wearing a dramatic color dress, a train offers a taste of the classic white Quince dress vibe.
Generally, Quince dresses are available with one of two train lengths:
- Sweep Train
- Chapel Train
A Sweep Train just grazes the floor at the back of the dress:
A Chapel Train extends a bit farther:
This dress has a unique Scalloped Chapel Train:
We even have a dress with a train-length peplum to party in style at your reception!
Quinceanera Dress Guide to Fabrics & Skirts: A Final Note
As you’re picking and choosing among all the lovely skirt and bodice options out there, keep these things in mind:
- Make sure that the designs you’re considering are appropriate for your Quinceanera theme and the season.
- Beads and sequins are beautiful add-ons, but make sure the look is balanced.
Also remember: Your skirt is a little more delicate than the bodice.
- Go all out with beads and embellishments on top.
- Just make sure the skirt fabric and style will hold up to all that dancing!
For some great ideas on what color to choose and what the different colors mean, Click HERE or on the image below for our
We have a fabulous selection of dresses with all kinds of trains. Click HERE or on the image below for our Quinceanera Dresses with Designer Trains: