My favourite clothing brand, Grana, have recently launched new colours and styles in their silk range.
To coincide, I thought what better way than to put a spotlight on silk and talk a little bit about the fabric, how to wear silk, and how I use their silk in my wardrobe.
Real silk is a natural fibre harvested from silk worms. It’s a light and breezy material once spun and woven into cloth. You already know that I’m a great fan of silk in the winter time as it makes for a surprisingly effective insulating layer.
Grana have two finishes – Crepe de Chine and Georgette Satin.
Crepe de Chine
Crepe de Chine is the matte eyeshadow of the family. It’s lightly textured (due to sand blasting) with a little bit of velvety grip. Grana’s product developer, Samantha Reid Wong, explains the whole production process and how they achieve the results in this great interview here. A single layer in light colours is quite sheer, but Grana’s racer back tank tops are ghosted (i.e. double layered) so there is no fear of your bra showing through.
Grana silk tee shirt in dusty orchid
Georgette Satin is the satin finish eyeshadow of the family. It’s not highly reflective although there is a definite sheen to the finish. The weave is very different as well, resulting in a thicker hand feel and a distinct smoothness, similar to old fashioned lingerie from the 20s and 30s.
Grana silk v neck camisole in off white
The main caution I would give when wearing either of these silks is to beware of food spillage. Not only do the matte and satin finishes show up liquid marks very apparently, if you mix oil into that concoction, the resulting stain will not dry back to the original colour of the material. You’ll have to either spot clean or give the whole article a quick wash in the sink before drying. Similar story with pit stains – if you sweat profusely in a cut that is slightly too tight for your arms, you are not going to be able to hide the resulting evidence!
Having said that, because of the nature of silk, after washing it’s very quick to dry. The other day I had to give my olive shorts a quick once over in the bathroom sink after becoming the recipient of a present from our pet birds (read: poo). After hanging outside, they were dry within 2 hours.
How to wear
Silk has been pumped up to be a luxury material, and while it’s certainly more fancy that your standard viscose/nylon mix, you don’t have to treat silk completely with kid gloves.
You can wear silk casually and don’t need to save it for special occasions. The beauty of silk is that it seems to adapt to whatever you’re wearing – paired with a slouchy pair of jeans, a silk tee doesn’t look out of place or too formal. Paired with a pencil skirt and that same tee makes you look competently put together and is perfectly acceptable in the office.
A sleeveless shirt can be worn with a fun skirt for a night out, and combined with a pair of structured trousers gives you that power look for work.
You can feel cosy with a silk tank layered underneath a cardigan with jeans, or equally comfortable with lounging pants when you don’t have to leave the house.
And if you’re interested in the jumpsuit/romper trend but don’t want to commit to a full body piece, silk pants or shorts paired with a top in the same shade gives you the appearance of being totally with it but without the risk of peeing yourself when it comes to bathroom breaks. Just saying.
If you’re interested in checking out any of Grana’s silk (and they’re having a ‘no mark up’ sale at the moment to make way for new styles and designs), don’t forget to use the code ‘cindyxgrana’ at the checkout to receive 10% off and free shipping!
This post is in collaboration with Grana.