What is plissé?

What is plissé fabric and what's it used for?
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Plissé fabric is often used to make dresses, jumpsuits and skirts – but what is it?

For those that don’t know what plissé looks like or what it’s used for, read on. You’ll recognise it in no time.

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What is plissé?

Plissé is a cotton fabric that has been chemically treated to give it a puckered or crinkled appearance.

It’s often woven with a striped pattern and can look similar to seersucker, but more on that later.

What kind of fabric is plissé?

Plissé is a cotton fabric. It has a pleated texture through being chemically treated. This shrinks part of the fabric.

Read more about the process here.

What is the difference between seersucker and plissé?

Like plissé, seersucker is a puckered, cotton fabric. It’s often striped or chequered.

It can look similar to plissé, particularly when it’s woven with a striped pattern, but seeksucker’s texture comes from how the fabric has been woven, while plissé’s is through its finish or how it’s been treated.

When ironed, plissé may be damaged but seersucker withstands the heat.

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What is plissé fabric used for?

Plissé is often used for lightweight clothing, such as dresses, skirts, blouses, jumpsuits and sometimes underwear.

How to wear

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