Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Silk appeal

Last year saw us embracing the silk shirt trend with an enthusiasm and vigour not seen in the fashion world for a long time. Probably due to the fact that it's a very wearable, suits-all style which can find a part in so many outfit scenarios: work, play or evening.

I've long been a fan, and my feelings of vim and vigour for this look are showing no signs of fading. And the current trend for the silk pyjama look keeps the silk shirt current. In fact, in the past couple of weeks I've managed to add two new shirts to my collection. The best news about these shirts is that the charity shops are an excellent hunting ground - which is a relief because the leaders in the field for silk shirts is Equipment - beautiful shirts, but coming in at over £200. On the flip side though, you'll wear one of their shirts so much, on a price per wear basis they are certainly a good investment.

{Silk shirt, £230 by Equipment from ASOS}

{silk shirt, £275 by Equipment from ASOS}

But I've managed to find the two shirts below in the chazzies, for £3 each - and the rails are full of them. I've been wearing the green one with my grey skinny jeans and nude patent leather high-heeled pumps. And the short-sleeved grey shirt looks good with my dark blue straight-leg jeans and gold ballet pumps.

{green silk shirt with long sleeves}

{grey/beige silk shirt with short sleeves}

And I've given my old-faithful navy-blue Aquascutum shirt a new lease of life with these cream and gold buttons.

{navy-blue Aquascutum shirt}

{new buttons}

 Surprisingly, the high street hasn't got too many options in terms of a classic, 100% silk shirt, in solid colours. But if you are after a quick win on the high street, these shirts are lovely.

{colour-block silk shirt, £55 Oasis}

{Premium silk shirt, £45 ASOS}

{circle-cut shirt, £59 Cos}
 not silk but made from cupro,
which is a natural fibre that feels like silk
Changing the buttons on a shirt, rolling up the sleeves, or creating a small turn-up can completely change the look of a shirt, so play around to create a look that you're happy with. Even small thing like tucking it in, or leaving it loose can make all the difference - it's a very versatile item.

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