Since the early days of fashion, silk has been associated with luxury, high quality and comfort. Silk slips resembling those from the 1920s have emerged out of the closets and onto the runways, and will be a trend for many more seasons to come. To become a bit more savvy about silk, look through our list and see just how many options you have when it comes to compiling outfits incorporating silk!
#1 Silk PJ Style Shirt
For those days when you want to look put together for the day ahead but the urge to stay in your PJs is overwhelming… get the best of both worlds by wearing a silk PJ style shirt. Don’t be afraid to opt for bold colours, embroidery or patterns, as these elevate from being day to night striking tops.
#2 Silk Bomber
Silk bombers have been one of the biggest trends to come around this last year. They’re the perfect blend of casual and luxe, as the bomber is a classic relaxed jacket, but the silk has that decadent sheen, making it perfect for both day and night too. It still retains that effortless vibe while being sleek and eye catching.
#3 Silk Slip Dress
One of the most va-va-voom ways you can wear silk is with a full-length slip dress. It has a classic Old Hollywood feel without being overtly, bold or retro. The silk hits the light in a way that will really flatter any curves you have, especially as the material drapes over the skin in a very feminine way.
#4 Veronica Lake 1940s Silk Style
If you do want to amp up the retro vibes with silk, channel Veronica Lake in all her 1940s glory. Flowing silk coordinates with a high neckline or structured tops are a great way to relive that era. Even the accessories you pair with it can really help evoke that era, as belts were usually paired with loose materials such as silk.
#5 As a Bracelet
If you want to dip your toes in the world of silk without wearing it in an obvious way, a small silk scarf is so multifaceted and therefore a must in every girl’s wardrobe. Tying the scarf around your wrist is a quirky and chic way to play with the traditional ways we wear it and funk up an otherwise basic outfit.
#6 As a Belt
Another inventive way to wear your silk scarf is by tying it around your waist as a belt! It draws the eye to your waist if worn with high waisted trousers or a skirt, accentuating the smallest part of your waist.
#7 As an Anklet
Similar to wearing the silk scarf as a bracelet, wearing it as an anklet makes it not only a part of your outfit but a really striking extension of your jewellery collection. Realistically, how many times do you get to adorn your legs with any form of jewellery?
#8 Silky Tracksuit
If you’re dying for comfort but hate the idea of just wearing the regular tracksuit you have shoved at the back of the closet, then opt for a silky version like Cara Delevingne & Margot Robbie in their matching sets. Instantly the trackie is transformed into something with 1970s sass!
#9 Silk Scarf Handbag Accessory
If you’re feeling a bit bored with your everyday handbag, give it a new lease on life with a silk scarf tied around it. Adding something small like this can make it seem like you’ve a new addition to your accessories wardrobe and make you fall in love with that bag all over again.
#10 Silk Choker
If we prove one thing in this article, it’s how multifunctional the silk scarf is above all else! Tie yours around your neck as a choker for that slightly rocker edge. It does look particularly good when paired with stripes, or with basics like a black bodysuit or white cropped tee.
#11 The Longline Silk Scarf
Wearing a long, skinny silk scarf like this can either evoke images of Steven Tyler or alternatively someone who owns a smoking jacket, elbow patches and velvet slippers. In other words, it can either look classic rockstar or ultra, opera-going level of poshness. It all depends on the pattern and what you pair it with. Any Oriental patterns match with the latter, whereas a classic black, ultra thin version are more 1970s rock legend.
#12 Silk Headscarf
Whether you’re having a bad hair day or want to branch out with the way you style your hair, a silk headscarf looks stunning and hippy chic with very little skill or effort involved. Gather your hair and tie as you like, preferably in a high bun. Going from the nape of the neck, tie the scarf around the crown in either a bow or tucked as you like.
#13 Silk Jumpsuit
This one is a personal favourite, as the silk jumpsuit combo makes for a very figure flattering finish. The silk version of the ‘adult onesie’ is really great for eveningwear or wedding guests, and is still slightly more informal than a full silk dress, while at the same time totally doable for casual attire.
#14 Silk and Cutouts
Silk outfits with cutout details are one of the sexiest and most summery ways to work the trend. In particular, a back cutout detail looks the best. The back is sexy without being excessive, especially if the silk trimming is frilled!
#15 Silk Wide Leg Trousers
Proving once again that workwear doesn’t have to become staid, Victoria Beckham wears wide-leg silk trousers with a basic shirt and sunnies to make a truly chic outfit. Easily a look worthy of FROW seating as well as office attire and getting on with daily life.
#16 Silk Camisole
Another staple every girl should have is the silk camisole. It goes with almost everything and will transform a basic outfit into something that screams ‘date night’. The clash of silk camis and chunky knits is particularly beautiful.
#17 Silk Kimono
Any type of kimono instantly gives your outfit an edge, but if it’s silk there’s that extra high quality feel to the piece. The beauty of the silk kimono is that it can be surprisingly versatile, paired with anything from jeans to a mini dress. But avoid wearing with a loose maxi dress or skirt.
#18 Silk Duster
In a very similar vein to the silk kimono, the silk duster is a great way to throw on something with an elegant touch. Unlike the kimono there are no traditional eastern undertones and they tend to be a bit more paired back in terms of patterns and design.
#19 Draped Silk
A draped silk top gives a peek-a-boo illusion as it falls and tucks in where your body curves around the decolletage area. It also reveals your collarbone, which is universally flattering.
#20 Silk Suit
Lastly, a silk suit is another timeless way to wear this staple material. Wearing it in a bold colour will really make it a standout outfit in your closet. Perhaps it’s the fangirl in me for Michelle Pfeiffer in Scarface but it just gives you that lioness strut!