A fabric old as time, silk has always been synonymous with luxury. In the Times last week, fashion director Anna Murphy writes about the beauty, easy and longevity of the right women’s silk shirt, ‘Buy a good one and it’s the gift that keeps on giving.’ The ease and simplicity of a silk shirt is unparalleled; it is the top you will wear with tailoring, denim, wide leg trousers, midi skirts, in fact with everything. So while it feels luxurious, it is also brilliantly practical.
Of the key summer trends 2017, the silk shirt or silk blouse is the one that will last and last. We have rediscovered this fashion staple that is at once flattering, luxurious and miraculously tough. Crucially, it feels cool and fluid in all weathers. It can be pared down and elegant like ‘ME+EM’s standout plains’ or more feminine, ME+EM’s ‘pleat cuff style in blush.’ There is no easier way to dress up or add interest to a pair of jeans that to team them with a silk shirt. Throw a blazer, new season hoody or oversized jacket over the top and you will feel instantly on-point, dressed up enough, casual enough.
A boxy silk shirt for work, a cool silk tee with joggers and heels for the new smart casual this summer, the prettiest, most charming, pussybow blouse. These will be the hardest working of your wardrobe staples this summer 2017 and way beyond that, the no-fuss route to guaranteed chic and simply effortless femininity.