Photography_ Jon Ervin

Styling_ Gabrielle Marceca

Text_ Hanna Canham

A simple starting point to anchor any look. Silky and refined, shiny or sheer, a silk shirt is a timeless essential for a classic wardrobe. 

Keep the shapes simple and let the fabric be the focus, explore button downs, crewnecks, pussy-bows and mandarin collars. The 1990s- early 2000s are a starting point for minimalist silk shirts in satin or charmeuse, or look to the 1980s for oversized raw silk shirts, for more delicate and feminine silk shirts, venture back to the 1920s and 30s. 

Brands to look for: Bill Blass, Calvin Klein, Chanel, Celine, Cacharel, Giorgio Armani, Gucci (Tom Ford era), Jil Sander,  Louis Feraud, Prada, Ralph Lauren, Yves Saint Laurent

key decades: 1980s, 1990s, 1920s & 1930s

Fabrics: 100% Silk. Satin, charmeuse, shantung, organza, raw silk, crepe de chine. 

Colors: Start with white/ off white, neutrals and black then venture into colors and prints you’ll love forever. 

Style notes: It’s all about the fabric, look for 100% silk and take note of the condition.

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