Chiffon vs. Tulle Bridesmaid Dresses

When it comes to picking out the dress fabric you want for your bridesmaid dresses, it can be difficult deciding between chiffon and tulle. Both fabrics are very different from each other and fit different needs, so we're going to break it down for you in this blog to make your choice this much easier! 

Here at Kennedy Blue, we recently launched a new collection of tulle bridesmaid dresses that we promise will blow your mind with how soft, versatile, and high-quality this tulle is! Available in a multitude of colors, you really can’t go wrong with our long tulle bridesmaid dress collection!

The Great Debate: Chiffon vs. Tulle Bridesmaid Dresses

There is a very big difference between chiffon and tulle bridesmaid dresses. Both fabrics have their own merits and are absolutely beautiful, but which one is right for you and your vision for your wedding? Let's explore more about chiffon and tulle! 

What is tulle?

Tulle Bridesmaid Dresses

Tulle is a mesh fabric that is used in a lot of different types of clothing--it is especially used in the wedding industry. Tulle is used to make wedding veils and is often used in wedding dresses. Tulle dresses usually have one or two under layers as tulle is rather sheer on its own. Tulle bridesmaid dresses usually have more flow than chiffon dresses and tend to have a more whimsical aesthetic than chiffon dresses. 

What is chiffon?

tulle bridesmaid dresses

Of the two fabrics, chiffon is more popular than tulle. In comparison to tulle, chiffon is smoother and less transparent. Chiffon does not require many layers to be less sheer than tulle. Because of this, chiffon bridesmaid dresses typically have less shape than tulle bridesmaid dresses. Chiffon bridesmaid dresses are typically available in more colors than tulle dresses. 

Now that you know the difference between the two fabrics, which fabric should you choose? Let's talk about all the reasons you should get each! 

Reasons to Buy Chiffon Bridesmaid Dresses

There are so many reasons to purchase a chiffon bridesmaid dress. Chiffon has been a long-standing fan favorite amongst brides and bridesmaids alike!

Reason #1: You love traditional dresses

Chiffon is a traditional fabric that most bridesmaid dresses are offered in. If you're looking to have a more traditional wedding and want to stick with what you know, chiffon is the perfect fabric for you! 

Reason #2: You want a form-fitting dress

If you're looking for a dress that is form-fitting, you won't find a tulle bridesmaid dress that is form-fitting. Chiffon is still a very flowy material, but it can easily be shaped to hug those curves! 

Reason #3: You're looking for specific colors that are only offered in chiffon

Tulle bridesmaid dresses are often available in only certain colors whereas chiffon  bridesmaid dresses are typically offered in a wide variety of colors.

Reasons to Buy Tulle Bridesmaid Dresses

Now that we've discussed some of the benefits of getting a chiffon bridesmaid dress, let me tell you some of the reasons you might want to buy tulle bridesmaid dresses instead! 

Reason #1: You're looking to add some texture to your wedding aesthetic

Tulle is such a fantastic way to add texture to your wedding aesthetic! Tulle is a fun fabric that adds a soft texture that I promise your guests will adore and will look absolutely stunning in pictures! 

Reason #2: You want to be a little unconventional

Tulle bridesmaid dresses are still considered unconventional since most bridesmaid dresses are made out of chiffon. Tulle is a fun way to be unique and to express yourself! 

Reason #3: You love volume

Tulle bridesmaid dresses tend to have more volume and shape than chiffon dresses, and we adore that! Tulle is the perfect fabric to use to add some fun shape to your bridal party! 

Let Our Favorite Tulle Bridesmaid Dresses Convince You

Now that we've established some good reasons why you should consider both fabrics, with the recent release of our tulle bridesmaid dresses, we’re more than excited to show you the dresses we designed with you mind! Check out these beautiful tulle bridesmaid dresses. We know you'll love them as much as we do! 


Elliot Kennedy Blue Bridesmaid Dresses | Tulle Bridesmaid Dresses

Elliot in Slate Blue

Not only is Elliot a universally flattering bridesmaid dress that looks absolutely fantastic on everyone, it also is incredibly light and comfortable. And trust me when I say that comfortability is so, so important when choosing a bridesmaid dress. This long tulle bridesmaid skirt will make you feel as beautiful as you really are while leaving room to get DOWN on that dance floor! Complete with a v-neckline, v-back, and ruched waistband, this dress leaves room to be dressed both up and down for any wedding theme!


Dory Kennedy Blue Bridesmaid Dresses | Tulle Bridesmaid Dresses

Dory in Ivory

We love a good one-shouldered number! Illusion tulle overlays a soft sweetheart neckline and fades into a beautiful tulle bridesmaid skirt. Flowy, elegant, and comfortable, we promise you’ll love everything about this skirt! As if this dress weren’t perfect enough, this dress even has pockets. And don’t forget about that unique back design!


Joelle Kennedy Blue Bridesmaid Dress | Tulle Bridesmaid Dresses

Joelle in Bourdeaux 

The ruching on this dress makes a very unique tulle bridesmaid dress you’re not going to want to miss out on! The illusion tulle overlays a subtle sweetheart neckline that is flattering on everyone who wears it! We are loving the tulle layers this dress has as well as that gorgeous v-back! The waistband on this dress accentuates those curves, girl. We promise you’ll wow everyone in this dress!


Cora Kennedy Blue Bridesmaid Dresses | Tulle Bridesmaid Dresses

Cora in Sapphire

We are adoring how beautifully unique this off-the-shoulder tulle bridesmaid dress is! Tulle off-the-shoulder sleeves, a sharp v-neckline, and fitted bodice make this dress incredibly flattering on everyone. All of these characteristics add a whimsical element to this dress that is unbeatable!

Tulle Inspiration

Want some inspo on some cute ways to incorporate Kennedy Blue tulle bridesmaid dresses in your wedding vision? Check out our collages below for some serious inspiration! 

Tulle Bridesmaid Dresses | Kennedy Blue Bridesmaid Dresses Bourdeaux

Dress: Cora in Bourdeaux

 Photographers: (top) Emily Fritz Photography (left) Allison Slater Photography

When it comes to the color Bourdeaux, it's a well-known fact that Bourdeaux makes me weak in the knees. I honestly cannot get enough of those deep red hues. Lucky for all of us, we offer our tulle bridesmaid dresses in a stunning Bourdeaux! Bourdeaux is a color that is often associated with the colder months, but I believe that it can be used year round, especially in one of our tulle bridesmaid dresses! Bourdeaux adds a touch of sophistication and elegance to any dress that we cannot get enough of! 

Joelle Kennedy Blue Bridesmaid Dress | Tulle Bridesmaid Dresses

Dress: Joelle in Ivory

Photographers: (top) Emily Fritz Photography (left) Justine Louise Photography

When it comes to ivory, it's a controversial choice to have ivory bridesmaid dresses featured at your wedding. Why? Because a good portion of brides believe that having bridesmaids in ivory would take the limelight from them. That is a completely valid, and if you're not really down for ivory, you are under no obligation to push yourself to like it! As the bride, please do whatever the hell you want! But for those are interested and intrigued by ivory bridesmaid dresses, we vouch for ivory bridesmaid dresses so hard! Ivory is such an easy color to work with and adds a sense of bold elegance to any bridal party. We love pairing beautiful greenery and hues of red with ivory tulle bridesmaid dresses! What a stunning look! 

Dory Kennedy Blue Bridesmaid Dress | Tulle Bridesmaid Dresses

Dress: Dory in Slate Blue

Photographers: (top) 3 Cats Photo (left) Cat Alkire Photography

When it comes to the color slate blue, our dresses have amassed a cult following due to this color. We're not very bashful when we say that slate blue is an absolutely stunning color. It looks fantastic on everyone, pictures beautifully, and can be worn during any time of the year. Yeah, slate blue really is all that. We're so excited that we'll now be offering slate blue in tulle bridesmaid dresses! Slate blue pairs so beautifully with greenery and creams. We love a good contrast, too--consider pairing hues of orange, red, or pink in your wedding palette! 

Elliot Kennedy Blue Bridesmaid Dress | Tulle Bridesmaid Dresses

Dress: Elliot in Desert Rose

Photographers: (top) Kaila Sarene Photography (left) Stephanie Kase Photography

We are totally loving this desert rose, purple, and blue combination! This wedding palette is so incredibly beautiful. Look how beautiful and happy all of those ladies look in their dresses! We are so excited to introduce our tulle bridesmaid dresses in desert rose. Looking to have a whimsical, fairytale wedding? I honestly can't think of a better color other than our desert rose. Desert rose is an elegant, sophisticated hue of pink that pictures so well and looks great on everyone! We love the dusty undertones found in this color! 


Are you loving tulle bridesmaid dresses as much as we are? Which dress is your favorite? We'd love to hear from you! Check out our full collection of tulle bridesmaid dresses here

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June 08, 2020 22:31

Great comparison and helpful.

June 04, 2020 11:18

It’s great to see a comparison between the two!

May 30, 2020 23:26

I love the tulle dresses. Very helpful!

May 29, 2020 13:09

I love me some chiffon, but I never thought I’d love tulle until I tried it on myself!

April 10, 2020 11:27

I don’t know anything about fabrics so this was really helpful!

Carolyn Arndt
April 07, 2020 17:01

I like the chiffon better than tulle! More formal!

Maria Todd
March 04, 2020 22:27

Definitely a huge fan of chiffon!

February 25, 2020 11:05

This is actually super helpful, since I know nothing about fabrics!

February 22, 2020 21:46

Love the rose and blush chiffon.

Monica M.
February 20, 2020 14:39

Just ordered a chiffon dress for a wedding coming up— the french lilac color is super elegant!

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