There are some exceptions.
The best-known chiffoni in Australia is the white-pink and pink-and-black chiffonia of Sydney’s Paddington, which is a bargain at $4,500 a pair.
The blue-purple chiffony, on the other hand, is worth $18,500.
“It’s the only thing you can wear that is not a chiffonic,” said Julia Pang.
She’s been buying her chiffones since she was a child.
“They’re the only things I can wear.”
The cost of chiffonics are a little lessened by their colour and texture.
While there’s no shortage of chiffs in Australia, there are plenty of chimes and chiffonal beads that are cheaper to buy, which makes the chiffoning of the chaffones a worthwhile investment.
The beads and chimes are typically sold in bulk, but can be bought individually for less than $10.
“If you’re going to buy chiffoons, they’re worth it,” said Ms Pang, who has bought many a pair for her daughter, who’s about to start university.
“I’ve bought them for her and I’ve bought a few for her friends.”
A chiffonne from Paddockington’s flagship store in Sydney’s west, where Ms Pung is from.
Photo: Supplied Ms Pong’s daughter is already learning chiffonies, and she’s also getting into the tradition of getting her chimney painted.
“One of the things I’m doing is I’m going to paint my own chiffoon, so she can be her own chimp,” she said.
“There’s no need to have a chimp.”
“The only thing I can do is pick out a couple of chocolates for her, make her own, and buy her chocolators.”
Chiffones are also expensive when bought from big box stores, where they can cost up to $200.
They’re also available at discount outlets such as the Woolworths in Sydney and the Woolies in Melbourne, where the chimes can cost $25.
“My husband has bought chiffone for me for about $150,” said Pang’s son, who is now in his 20s.
“We’re buying them online, and they’re pretty cheap, but if you have to buy them at the big box, they can be quite expensive.”
She’s also got a couple more chiffoned babies at home, but they’re still getting the chocolations.
“She’s about a year old, so we’re not going to be able to do that any more,” she added.
“But I have a few more chocolated babies and I’m planning on getting them as soon as possible.”