Anytime I am struggling with what to wear, I always reach for a silk top, jeans, and heels. It is easy and is appropriate for almost any occasion. A silk blouse is dressier than a t-shirt, but just as easy. I have several clients that won’t but silk because they find it too hard to maintain. I disagree. I find that silk is pretty easy to maintain. When I get home, the blouse immediately come off and gets hung up. After my second wear, I usually spray it with Febreze and toss it in my dryer on the “freshen up” cycle. After the third time (sometimes four or five) , it usually goes to the dry cleaner. I have also hand-washed many of my silk tops with great results.
The only time I ever ruined a silk blouse was when I had a bag of greasy tacos sitting on my lap. I think the bigger question is here is why was I holding a bag of greasy tacos? The grease from my husband’s chorizo taco never came out. Sadly, that shirt had to be retired. Of course, lucky for me, not before I got the opportunity to wear it all day. That was fun. Besides that time, I have always managed to clean my silk blouses with out much effort, so they remain a staple in my wardrobe, and in my opinion, a wardrobe basic.
The Blythe blouse by J. Crew is pretty fantatstic.
If you have more money to spend, you can’t go wrong with an Equipment blouse.
A couple of years ago I bought a Joie blouse in a gorgeous turquoise color. I can’t tell you how many times I have worn it. I love how bright this blouse is.
On a budget? I have found plenty of great silk blouses at Forever 21 and find many, many silk blouses while thrifting. So, what are your thoughts on silk blouses?