Silk Blouses

"Bring Chic Luxury to Your Wardrobe With Dressy Silk Shirts"


Every fashionista should own at least one or two silk blouses. These dressy tops add some glam and shine to your wardrobe - which are perfect for creating a chic juxtaposition of casual and classy. With these gorgeous babies you can achieve a stylish luxe look without the stiff price!

Womens silk blouse from Macy's
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Including silk shirts to your closet is a great way to expand your style. They look great with just about anything - from jeans, skirts, dress pants to shorts - both casual and tailored garments.

Have You Ever Imagined How Silk is Made?

Two words: Silk. Worms. Small creatures who work their magic when creating cocoons.

But it doesn't stop there. The silk goes into a process called softening. Since silk strands are too thin, the makers put each strand together so it can be used. So silk garments are supposed to have a higher price tag than the usual cotton and polyester.

And the beauty with silk clothes? They can be worn in both hot and cold climates - the feel of the garment adjusts to the temperature. So wearing silk feels warming during the winter, and cooling during summer :)

How to Look Good in a Silk Blouse

Secure them in neutrals

Nude beige silk blouse shirt via Tobi
Courtesy of Tobi

You'll get more out of the blouses if you buy them in solid neutrals such as black, whites, dark blues and browns. These basic colors go with absolutely everything so that you can easily create different looks and color combinations. Neutrals are also classy and can be worn with your trendy bottoms.

After securing the neutrals, feel free to build on them with bright colors and prints.

The right fit

You can find stylish silk shirt styles on the market - from the oversized to sexy party top. However, if you're aiming for a chic and pulled-together look, the shirt has to sit perfectly on your shoulders and arms. The shoulder-line should be slightly structured and not too-tight or loose on your arms. Click here to find your exact body measurements.

Take some risks

Casual brown silk blouse paired with cargo pants
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Like I mentioned, you can find them in a wide array of styless. That said, if you love looking classy but want to experiment silk with your casual pieces, experiement with various prints, button details, garment shape, sleeve and collar styles. For example, a loose-fitted silk shirt looks amazing with sleek cargo pants or denim jeans without looking too "buttoned up".

    Tip: Swap out the buttons! If you find the right silk blouse with buttons that don't strike your taste, you can easily replace them with nicer ones. If you want the garment to look expensive, try silver, gold or pearl buttons.

How to Take Care of Silk Shirts

One tip of warning when it comes to cleaning your silk garments. Always read the label instructions. Usually some silk pieces must be washed by hand but there are other that needs dry-cleaning.

Here's how you wash silk clothing by hand:

    How to wash silk clothes
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  • Use lukewarm water and a neutral soap. Soak the silk blouse for around 5 minutes - and then gently swirl the garment and blot stains. You can soak for a longer time if the blouse is very stained.
  • Rinse the garment with some cool water. When squeezing out the excess water, roll it between two towels. Remember never to wring out the blouse.
  • Never dry your silk blouse in a dryer, unless the label says otherwise (some allow low tumble dry). Drying in a dryer will damage the cloth and ruin your silk blouse. Also, never hang your silk blouses out in the sun as the heat will damage the natural fibers of the garment.
  • Always lay your silk pieces flat to dry (there's an exception. Read further below)

Ironing your blouse? Then be careful about it as silk is a delicate fabric that can be easily ruined. Choose the correct temperature (which should be one of the lowest ones) on your iron machine.
    Tip: Want to remove creases from your silk blouse? Hang it on a hanger in a room with humid temperature. Like for example when you take a shower or in front of a hot fire or radiator. The creases will drop.


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Shop Silk Blouses Online

Are you looking for blouses by high-street designers like Stella McCartney, Dolce Gabbana, Miu Miu, Vanessa Bruno? Then I recommend two stores online stores which are: Net-a-porter and My Theresa. They're two of the best who ship worldwide.
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