Historically, the right to wear it was strictly reserved for the highest members of society and in some cultures, the sensuous, delicate, figure-skimming nature of silk was considered to besuch “a sign of decadence and immorality” that some people were actually forbidden from wearing it.
Thankfully, the times have changed.
Now, every girl deserves at least one item of silk in her wardrobe and this summer is the perfect time to get it.
Despite the fact that silk has been long associated with luxury, it’s actually a very practical fabric and the hottest designers from London, Paris, Tokyo and Sydney have all been showcasing the versatile nature of this exceptional material in their summer catwalk collections.
As you might expect, established fashion houses like Prada, Burberry, Versace, Dior, DKNY and Dolce &Gabbana among others have all been including silk in their summer lines.
Meanwhile, smaller fashion houses like Winser London and VIPUL are making sure that this fabric, which has such universal appeal, is an affordable luxury which everyone can enjoy.
It’s easy to see what makes it so desirable, silk quite simply makes getting dressed a pleasure.
Furthermore it’s practical and can actually benefit the wearer.
Silk naturally draws moisture away from the body to keep you cool and some research has shown that its unique breathable properties can help to reduce the flare of eczema and menopausal hot flushes, while sleeping in it is said to have a “plumping, anti-wrinkle effect” on the skin.
What more reason could you need to treat yourself to a piece for your summer/autumn wardrobe?!
If you want clothing which feels divine and looks fabulous, then these are some staple pieces worth investing in:
Wide Leg Silk Trousers by Winser London
The texture of these lightweight silk crepe de chine summer trousers is silkily soft and the fluid drape of the fabric feels quite simply, sensational.
With piped pocket and button details and stretch material in the back waist they’re designed for absolute style and comfort and are available in sizes 10-16 in black or white.
Silk Shirt by Winser London
This decadent silk shirt has featured in many fashion editorials and for good reason; it’s exquisite.
In a choice of feminine, flattering colours including Dove Grey, Vintage Rose, Champagne and Midnight Blue, this shirt works perfectly with smart or casual trousers or a pencil skirt to make a subtle, elegant statement in the boardroom, over a romantic dinner or out and about pretty much anywhere.
Limited Edition Silk Maxi Dress by Winser London
If you want the silk item you have in your wardrobe to be something really special, then this limited edition silk maxi dress is it.
Floaty, feminine and flattering, it is the absolute pinnacle of silk design.
With button fastening detail and a sash belt to accentuate the waist, this stunning silk shirt maxi dress is an all-round winner.
To find out more about the affordable range of pure and blended silk fabrics available at Winser London, visit their website or call in to one of their pop-up stores in Harvey Nichols, Peter Jones, Rossiters of Bath, Gerrards Cross and selected branches of John Lewis.