3 Plant-Based Fabrics With a Sheen + Luster

Current fashions produced that have a sheen and luster are predominantly made from synthetic materials. A lot of synthetic fabrics have a sheen and luster, and that is partly why we wear synthetic fabrics-- for its aesthetic surface appearance. Fabrics with a sheen and luster, like silk from worms, or satin from polyester are very pretty, so it makes people feel good. Yet, we can find this same surface appearance from those fabrics and the characteristic of them-- satin and silk from fabrics made of 100% plant-based materials.

One reason plant-based fabrics with a sheen and luster surface appearance are important is that they are physically and mentally luxurious in an ergonomic and healthy way. The look and feel of the fabric are mentally soothing, and therapeutically healing physically.

Below you will find 3 plant-based fabrics with shine and luster, and some great ways of styling or designing with these fashion fabrics. These three fashion fabrics can be made into both dressy or casual looks. Their sheen and luster add a lot of style to a look.

1.) Cotton Sateen

Photo: Mood Fabrics

It is the satin weave that makes the sheen of cotton sateen. The satin weave is made of 4 or more warp threads going over a weft thread. Cotton sateen is a lovely fabric, and it can also be made with plant-based lycra for stretch.

A few ways to wear fashion made from cotton sateen:

  • The material is great designed as a blazer and as a skirt suit

  • Cotton sateen works great designed into a quilted winter coat

  • It is a perfect fabric for men’s shirting and women’s blouses

2.) Cotton Velvet

Photo: KBT Fabric UK

The soft texture of cotton velvet is called the “pile.”

Cotton velvet fabric has a sheen, with a lustrous appearance to it. It is soft and very plush. This makes the fabric feel and look luxurious.

A few ways to wear fashions made from cotton velvet:

  • This fabric works great made into sleep apparel

  • Cotton velvet looks great made into sweatshirts and sweatpants

  • It will look nice designed into a men’s or women’s bomber jacket and men’s and women’s shorts.

3. Pina Sylk

Photo: THISco // Etsy

Pina"sylk" is like a stiff, yet lightweight, organza-like fabric. It is used in a lot of ceremonial events. It has a beautiful sheen and luster.

A few ways to wear fashion made from cotton sateen:

  • Pina sylk looks lovely made into a scarf and designed in other fashion accessories like scarves, wallets, travel bags, and hair accessories.

  • Pina sylk has a great structure to the fabric, which makes it perfect for dresses

  • Pina sylk used in formal wear makes it a perfect way to dress up in a men’s button-down shirt.

Stay tuned for more plant-based fabric inspiration!

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I am Alyssa Couture, f/o of Healthy Fashion Campaign. Welcome to my blog.♥ I am a fashion author + fashion entrepreneur. I offer methods of fashion for mind + body health and well-being.

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