The fabric enjoyed popularity upon introduction in the 1950s in response to its convenient 'wash-and-wear' properties. Crimplene was often used to make the typical A-line dress of 1960s Fashion. Likewise, it was popular amongst men in British Mod Culture for use in garish button-down shirts.
In the early 1970s, crimplene began to fall out of fashion. Lighter-weight polyester fabrics like trevira replaced crimplene for their ease of movement and ventilation. Crimplene is seldom-used today as fashion-preferences have drifted towards more "natural" cottons.