I hope there are still some of you out there after my radio silence. I’ve been missing my styling work and inspirational outfit posts (I use the word inspirational for myself), I felt a craving to slowly get into it again. And what is inspiring me at the moment is silk. I don’t get much opportunity to wear it with three little boys to ferry about all day but I do enjoy playing around with ideas, and should the opportunity arise to leave the house without sticky hands in tow to something fun then I would grab it and wear silk!
I love the versatility of the fabric. The softness against the skin is an obvious attraction, but the floaty and weightless feel is heavenly. I also find that the illuminating sheen of the fabric can make dull skin look radiant and bright. Thanks to the “anything goes trends” of the last couple of years, whilst there certainly are trends to follow, it really is anyone’s game as to what you do with that trending item. Silk is being paired with anything from chunky knits and blazers to sneakers and sandals and that’s how we can bring it into our daily wardrobe when there isn’t a heap up of fancy invitations filling up our inboxes.
My photos (as always) have a long way to go (as does my writing), but I am totally out of practice, photos are less than average (apologies) not to mention I am on serious time constraints these days when I do anything, so the quicker I can get something done the better, the idea of perfecting anything goes out the window. These poor photos are just to show you what I have done with some of the silk pieces in my wardrobe to dress them down. I sadly didn’t have time to do shoes and accessories but I will add notes below to advise what I would have done, followed by more professional and aesthetically pleasing shots taken from various sources.
In the first two images I am wearing a metallic leather dress which I also LOVE and never get a chance to wear. Metallic, plunging necklines (back and front) and leather are all prominent features that you would normally only have one of per garment, so throwing three into the mix means I have to tone it down. Ive popped a charcoal silk blouse on underneath, I am wearing it back to front to give me a higher neckline with a bit of a frill for an added touch of femininity to an otherwise slightly grungy look. Whilst I wouldn’t wear this for the school run I would wear it to a special birthday lunch or an upmarket restaurant during the day. Depending on the venue I would either wear plain leather pumps, espadrilles or an understated pair of biker boots to finish this look off with a very simple and small bag.
Here I am wearing silk on silk, mixing pink tones together. I love wearing the same colour in different tones as an outfit. This raspberry or watermelon pink blouse is the same style as the charcoal one above. (It also looks beautiful with blue denim jeans). Ive put it together with this pale pink skirt that I bought from Jigsaw about 5 or 6 years ago and still love it just as much, it was such a great purchase and I sometimes wear it during the day with a t-shirt and sneakers. This outfit I would again wear to a smart lunch with flat sandals or converse to dress it down and to keep it simple I would add a neutral or tan coloured bag. To dress this look up I would wear pointed flats or heeled sandals and I love the idea of bringing teal into the equation. So I would either look for a colourful printed shoe or a patterned bag combining at least one of the pinks with teal or ochre for a fun contrast.
I adore these earrings that I thought would be fabulous with this outfit to add a bit of contrast.
Next up is a fluffy jumper worn over a silk dress in the same colour. The picture of my fluffy knit really didn’t come out well but this is a silk dress that I would only really have the chance to wear to a wedding or a formal evening function, so to give me another opportunity to wear it, I recently wore this chunky knit over the dress to a friends birthday drinks with casual tan coloured slides and a leopard print clutch. I would also wear sneakers with this look and an informal style raffia bag such as the one below. I love the exact colour match of the two garments here but different textures. To keep it all matchy matchy I would wear the teal earrings above with this outfit too. This beautiful green can also be seen coming through in some of the raffia tassels on the bag below.
Lastly I love this slightly rock ‘n roll look below. Here I have worn the silk dress again with a leather biker jacket on top. This would definitely work in cooler weather so I would put high top sneakers or ankle boots with this combo to round it off perfectly. A small black bag or something vibrant from Missibaba would be my choice of accessory depending on the day.
And now for the professional pictures to give you much improved visuals of how to do silk.
That’s it for now friends and followers, hope you have a fabulous Sunday evening and week ahead, hopefully I will be back again soon!