Zipper fashion trends remain strong, as they’re a fun way to express your fashion sense! Zippers have come a long way since making their debut at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. The basic zipper has evolved into a showpiece for designers to add pop to their garments and accessories. Knowing which types and styles to use is the key to a successful design so here’s a crash course to help you out.
Put a little “zip” into your wardrobe, as zipper fashion trends remain strong.
The type of teeth on a zipper dictates which purpose it best serves.
Individual metal teeth
Made of brass, aluminum or nickel, metal teeth are workhorses that provide strength to secure heavy materials such as jeans, outerwear, boots and handbags. As a decorative element on clothing, strategically placed metal zippers with wide teeth and large pulls convey a particularly edgy effect.
Plastic molded teeth
Strong and durable, plastic teeth are made of resin. They’re great for athletic wear, lightweight jackets and sweatshirts and gym bags. When paired with rhinestones, this type zipper makes an eloquent fashion statement on women’s flats and heels.
Also known as nylon zippers, consist of one continuous coil rather than individual teeth. They are sewn into a tape made of nylon or polyester so they are lightweight and flexible—great for fitting smoothly around a woman’s curves.
Very fine teeth are most often coiled and are more delicate. Placed on the backside of the garment, they can’t be seen. Frankly, we’re over the look of the exposed zipper running down a woman’s dress. To us it destroys the smooth lines of the garment, drawing attention to the wrong side of your body!
No matter which type of zipper you find on a garment, an array of colors is available to peak your interest. Tapes made of grosgrain, cotton, satin or synthetics now come in neon colors, patterns and can even be reflective. Decorative pulls add the finishing touch to any zipper.
A crash course in zippers wouldn’t be complete without knowing how to care for zippers:
- Use wax to lubricate the teeth to keep them working smoothly.
- Always pull a zipper straight up to ensure it stays on the track.
- Don’t forge ahead when a zipper gets stuck! Gently back it up and remove the threads or cloth that has prevented it from sliding.
- Close zippers on garments before laundering.
- When ironing a garment, close the zipper and cover it with a cloth to prevent damage from the iron’s heat.