If there is one fashion trend we are constantly trying to achieve right now – juxtaposition – which is simply pairing two or more garments together that have a contrasting effect. And, you guessed it, we especially love creating juxtaposed ensembles with silk pieces! Here, we’ll explore some of our favorite silk looks, plus some tips for caring for your silk garments.
Our Silk Picks
First, we have this gorgeous green Cami NYC Everly Lace-Trimmed Silk-Charmeuse Camisole from Net-A-Porter ($160, shop here). The model shown is going for a monochromatic look, but to create a more juxtaposed style, try pairing this cami with a chunky knit sweater, jeans, and pointed-toe flats.
This Washable Silk Skirt from Quince ($59.90, shop here) is available in five colors. Whichever color you choose, we recommend pairing this delicate skirt with a dark, edgy band tee knotted in front, a distressed denim jacket, and a pair of all-white sneakers.
How chic is this Washable Silk Slip Dress from Lunya ($198, shop here)? The possibilities are endless when it comes to styling this dress, but our favorite way to create some juxtaposition is to pair it with a heavy knit duster cardigan and Doc Martens. If the top doesn’t give you as much support as you would like, don’t shy away from throwing a T-shirt or long-sleeve bodysuit underneath.
Caring for Silk Garments
Silk falls under the delicate fabric category, so we can’t stress this enough: Read the label! This will tell you everything you need to know about how to care for your garment. By nature, most silk clothing will be labeled “dry-clean only.” However, there is a way to wash your silk at home safely. Here’s how:
- First, make sure your detergent is labeled “safe for silk” or “suitable for delicates.” Then, soak your silk garment in cold water and detergent for about five minutes. Do not, under any circumstance, use bleach.
- Next, swish your garment around in the water ever so gently before rinsing with cold water.
- Ball your silk to get out as much moisture as you can without wringing it, as that can damage the material. Then lay it flat to dry.
- If your garment is wrinkly, give it a quick steam. If you don’t own a steamer, simply hang your piece in the bathroom while you take a hot shower, and the wrinkles should work themselves out.
- Store your silk by hanging it to avoid wrinkling or creasing. This way, it’s always ready to be worn.