The allure of silk never fails to make us swoon. Much to our delight, it seems that the luxurious fabric is having its shining moment in the world of fashion: silk scarves were the freshest micro-trend to emerge from the last runway season; silk slip skirts and dresses are shimmying down every high-street; and our favourite bloggers are making sure they’re adding a dash of sheen to all of their looks and showing us that silk is more daytime-appropriate than ever! The boundaries between formal and casual have truly been blurred and right now, it’s all about nailing that effortless, off-duty silk look; slipping some sophistication into your outfit.
Bali-based designers have long been feeding our silk obsession and reinventing ways to wear the delicate fabric, once reserved for evening and intimate wear. Taking advantage of the island’s optimal environmental conditions for silk production to incorporate the high-quality textile into their designs, their pieces showcase the natural glossy character of the fabric and its ability to drape every body in a beautifully flattering way – and we love them for it! Simply for the fact that silk has been seducing designers around the world for quite so long – and its charm doesn’t look set to fade any time soon – they offer us a wealth of timeless updates to our current wardrobe – and timeless is surely the name of the game if we want to slow down the production and consumption of fashion!
What’s more, with silky fabrics comes looser silhouettes that are breathable and easy to wear, while silk’s natural protein structure imbues it with hypoallergenic properties that ensures it is compatible with all skin types. In other words, silk makes a perfect ‘second skin’ – even more perfect for the summer’s warmer weather, (and a stylish resort getaway at the first opportunity we can get!) We couldn’t think of a better time to let silk become a major workhouse in your wardrobe! So, we’ve narrowed it down to 8 of the best silk pieces to help you look that touch more radiant this summer.
The Statement Shirt
We couldn’t write about silk without featuring one of our favourite sustainable brands, Origin of Hearts. All of the pieces from their ‘Island Life’ collection offer an incredibly unique, fresh twist on silk designs with vibrant prints and unisex pieces, including flowing kimonos, shirts and shorts which transport us to the haven of a tropical paradise. But the real reason Origin of Hearts merits our mention and a place in your wardrobe is for their ethical consciousness and commitment to fashion with a cause. They actively involve Bali’s local craftspeople in the design and creation process to ensure that collections don’t just look like the places that inspire them, but are truly made by the people who originate there. A particular favourite of ours is the Maui shirt, if not for the fact alone that it can be traced back to a family in Ubud who lovingly handmade it in an environmentally conscious manner.
The Sheer Shirt
The sheer gracefulness of Rimmba’s design has landed it a deserved spot in our top 10. The chic use of silk chiffon in the Zena Top best exemplifies the flowy, breathable nature of the fabric and its ability to complement the female figure in a softer, subtler manner. Perhaps one for the more daring, the entirely see-through chest area has a sensual effect, while the crop fit is cute and flirty. It is giving us all the Grecian goddess vibes – and we’re here for them! Wear it over a bikini beach-side or with a pretty lace bralette underneath bar-side if you’re not quite ready to go fully exposed.
Item: Zena Silk Chiffon Top
The Maxi Skirt
Now we’ve got the top half robed in silk, it’s time for the bottom half! Taking the comfort of loungewear and reimagining it in the most glamorous way, a silk maxi skirt makes it possible to feel laid-back and oh-so-stylish all at once. With spandex for a stretch fit, the Meeko Maxi slips on over any figure to offer the most flattering of fits. And crafted in a beautifully shiny silver colour, you'll be glowing. Pair with some heels for a quick evening transformation or some flats for a chic day-look. Dreamy!
Item: Meeko Maxi Silk Skirt
The Slip Dress
Undeniably flirty and feminine, the silk slip dress is a firm favourite and we’re thrilled it’s been revived from the 90s. Just like the cami, its simple and elegant design is easy to bring out for any occasion and its stylish shape floats softly over every figure. We particularly love how Rimmba have stayed true to the classic – no overly complicated design details, just the divine simplicity and exquisite luxury of silk which speaks for itself.
Item: Lily Silk Dress in Yellow
The Essential White Dress
A white dress forms one of the basics of any capsule summer wardrobe. Take the classic white summer dress and make it silk and you’ve got yourself a truly luxurious piece. That's exactly why we're lusting after the Lily Silk Dress. Channelling French elegance, it exudes femininity in a sort of ‘boss girl’ manner. Sophisticated and beautiful, this dress speaks for itself and we love just how put together it makes us feel in an instant. Inject some elegance into your boho wardrobe with this simply stunning piece!
Item: Lily Silk Dress in White