Posted by Beth Jackson on 6/10/2015 to
Swing dresses were all the rage in the 50’s. While some women preferred to wear shorts and pants, other women decided the swing dress was the most flattering attire. Even celebrities like Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor would sport their own renditions of a swing dress. A swing dress was a staple in many women’s closets. They could wear the dress on special occasions or wear it on a casual day. Even though that was over 6 decades ago, the swing dress has remained popular. Many times, stores would carry the item during summer to hopefully bring back the vintage style. When it comes to buying the right swing dress, you need to focus on the fabric. The fabric helps set the style of the dress so you complete the look. Here are some of the hottest fabrics to choose for your swing dress. Nylon In the 1950’s synthetic fabrics made it easy for the average person to be able to afford a swing dress. During a time when many of the men were headed off to war and the women were in charge of handling it all, a swing dress wasn’t a huge purchase when you could find it in nylon. Nylon was an affordable material allowing anyone to add a swing dress to their wardrobe. The nylon material was also good for those who moved around a lot. Cleaning the house in your swing dress was no problem if it was made out of nylon. There are variations in nylon allowing designers to choose which type of look they wanted. Another reason why nylon is a popular choice for swing dresses is because it is easy to care for. The fabric is heat-set, so you don’t have to worry about a lot of issues with it. Polyester Just like nylon, polyester is also an easy care fabric. This is great when you want something that doesn’t have to be constantly dry cleaned. Polyester can be washed and dried at home. Polyester has a high tensile strength which makes it a great material for clothing items. This means you do not have to worry about the fabric getting out of shape. You can move around freely knowing the fabric will bounce back into shape. This is also good if your weight tends to fluctuate every so often. Cotton Even though most swing dresses were not composed of cotton, cotton has always been a popular choice for any type of clothing article. Not only is it affordable, it is also very durable. This means you can continue to wear the dress time after time without worrying about it getting raggedy. Cotton is another material that is easy to maintain. You can wash it at home. If the material is 100% cotton, you may want to think twice about drying it. This can cause the dress to shrink up. You can dry it by simply hanging it on something for an a couple of hours.
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