Closet Smart: Get to Know Your Fabrics

You’ve already learned how to read member reviews to help you find your perfect garment, but there are even more ways to get the most out of your product descriptions to ensure maximum happiness when you open your Gwynnie Bee box!

The choice of fabrics can make all the difference in how a garment fits and feels on the body. We’re taking a closer look at some of our most popular fabrics so you know exactly what you are getting once you have closeted (and prioritized). Most importantly, check to see if you are selecting a knit or a woven item. A knit is generally a series of loops and is stretchy and wrinkle-resistant. A woven is made of multiple threads in an interlocking pattern and is generally non-stretchy and wrinkle more easily.

Make sure to check out all the latest new arrivals to put your knowledge to the test!

1. Scuba Knit: Full Body Stretch Fabric with a Smooth Finish

Gabby Skye dress
Gabby Skye Pleated Dress in Textured Scuba

If you hear scuba and think neoprene wetsuits, you’re selling this fabric short! Scuba Knit is actually a double knit, which means the fabric itself is created with two needles on two needle beds leading to a fabric that is often reversible. Scuba comes in a range of weights and thicknesses that are almost always lighter weight than neoprene. It always has a bit of body to it which allows for some fun plays on volume, but it also works well in body-conscious silhouettes. A plus of scuba knit is that it is a slighter-heavier fabric, which means it tends to skim over the body without revealing unwanted bumps or undergarment lines.

Eloquii skirt

Eloquii Asymmetrical Colorblock Pencil Skirt

 

2. Ponte Knit: Dense Knit with Good Draping and Figure Flattery

Taylor Dresses Dress

Taylor Dresses Sleeveless Pleated Dress

Ponte is another double knit, but these are often heavier and easier to drape than scuba. Ponte Knits tend to be great for work-appropriate styles like figure-flattering dresses, pencil skirts and pants. The knit is dense, which allows for some stretch while holding its shape. Not only is Ponte a comfortable fabric, it’s also durable and apt to not wrinkle through out the day.

Eloquii Ponte Dress

Eloquii Crossing Ponte Dress

3. Matte Jersey: A Stretchier Knit with Good Draping

Kiyonna Dress

Kiyonna All Work & Play Wrap Dress

Think of Matte Jersey as the stretch equivalent of your favorite woven crepe. Matte jersey is typically stretchier than other knits and usually includes some rayon for a soft feel. It has a non-shiny finish, hence the “matte”. It is also wrinkle-resistant, making it great for long days spent sitting or travel. It’s a lighter-weight jersey and is more figure conscious than a heavier knit like a ponte.

Melissa Masse Dress

Melissa Masse Scoopneck Dress in Claret Mandala Floret as seen on Cora of VintageorTacky (above)

4. Crepe: A Textured Woven that Falls Beautifully

FIT & FLARE SHIRT DRESS IN DAZZLING BLUE

 

Eloquii Fit & Flare Shirt Dress in Dazzling Blue

If you like subtle texture, Crepe is your go-to woven fabric! You can spot a crepe fabric from its slightly crimped or pebbled feel. It’s a material usually found in dresses or blouses since it drapes so nicely. And you’re not locked into a season with this material, as it’s perfect for year-round wear. 

City Chic Jumpsuit

City Chic Deep V Jumpsuit

5. Jacquard Knit: A Thicker Stretch Knit with Textural Patterns

London Times Dress

London Times Textured Flounce Dress in Red

Jacquard Knit is defined by the weaving process used to make it, which produces a print within the weave of the fabric itself. For those of us who love a bold texture or tonal patterns, a jacquard hits the spot. It tends to be a strong and sturdy fabric with a good bit of body. Heavier weights of jacquard wovens are often used in upholstery and drapery, so this fabric might evoke a luxurious or baroque- era feel, but don’t let those references limit you. Many jacquard knits are perfect for both casual and office wear. 

Elvi Skirt

Elvi Black Jacquard Pencil Skirt