Today I want to talk about wearing
Back to my wardrobe. I came across this pistachio green silk shirt. It used to be one of my favourites yet I don’t seem to have worn it for a while. As we are all trying to buy less and maximise our wardrobes in the name of sustainability I thought I would revive my green shirt. Accessories are always an excellent way to zizz up an old favourite. This silk scarf co-ordinated perfectly with the shirt. Et voila the shirt is back in favour.
The shirt is looking a bit transparent in the photo above I think it may be just how the light has caught it. In real life the fabric appears thicker.
The wind definitely caught the shirt in this photo.
I hope that this post has inspired you to have a look in your wardrobe and discover some treasures there that you can reinvent by adding an accessory or two or wearing it in a different way. Do let me know and share your ideas in the comments box.
Tips on how to wash silk:
I think one of the reasons I have not worn this shirt very often is because it takes a bit more effort to wash delicate fabrics such as silk. In fact, if you are careful silk washes well. I tend to wash mine by hand. Always use a delicate hand wash liquid. Test for colourfastness with a wet towel before starting. Then immerse in tepid water. Do not rub just swish round basin. Rinse and then dry flat on a bath towel, definitely away from direct heat or sunlight. A trick I have used in the past
A trick I use for getting grease marks out is to sprinkle a little talcum powder on the stain and after about 10 minutes gently brush it off. This usually absorbs the grease. Disclaimer: Try this at your own risk I can’t guarantee that it will work on all silks. Test on an area that does not show first).
Silk can seem expensive however it is a luxurious fabric, feels wonderful next to the skin and if treated with care should last for many years. I have had some of my silk shirts for over ten years. It is worth investing in a good quality silk as it will hang better.
I found this useful site on how to wash silk if you want further information.
Do let me know in the comments section how you are wearing clothes already in your wardrobe
The photographs were taken by Laura Hines in Kew Gardens. Follow her on Instagram