5 reasons to love the silk shirt

The perennially chic item is one of the most multifunctional in fashion.
December 6, 2017
  1. THE ANCIENT APPEAL OF SILK
    One of the oldest fabrics known to man, silk has been used in clothing for well over three thousand years, and is still one of the most luxurious materials around. According to legend, it was discovered by accident by the Chinese Empress Hsi Ling Shi, who was sitting under a mulberry tree when a cocoon fell into her cup. The cocoon unraveled in the boiling hot water and the shimmering threads were revealed. Following her supposed discovery, silkworms were cultivated in China, and with time the world would find out about the super-soft, shiny fabric via The Silk Road.

  2. MAKING A MENSWEAR STAPLE FEMININE
    The classic white shirt has been a fashion hallmark since the 19th century. The wardrobe staple, which is usually made of cotton, is given a feminine shape and silhouette when it comes in silk instead. In the 50s, when women started wearing pants, traditionally male items like the shirt gained acceptance as well. Iconic actress Katharine Hepburn – often credited as the first female adopter of pants – is one of the strong women who launched the trend, often sporting a uniform of silk shirt and high-waisted pants. 

  3. A KEY TO POWER DRESSING
    There are just a few fashion items that work for every occasion. The silk shirt is one of them. Consequently, it's one of the key ingredients in power dressing, meaning it's one of those items that was considered formal and suitable for women to wear to work. In the 60s and 70s, silk shirts, together with suit pants, were the rule rather than the exception for working women.

  4. REBORN IN THE PRINT-CRAZY 80S
    With fashion rules disappearing, the silk shirt broke new ground in the 80s and 90s, mainly thanks to Gianni Versace. The Italian designer legend introduced all-over printed silk shirts during a decade when people felt urged to show off individuality. No print was too bold or too wild, and in Miami, Los Angeles and Ibiza it was hard to walk a few feet without being exposed to one color-bursting silk shirt after the other. 

  5. BECOMING A WARDROBE STAPLE
    When the 80s ended, 90s minimalism became the leading trend. Hence, the printed silk shirt slipped out of people's minds, but the multi-functionality and versatility of a plain model made it into an iconic item. Sure, you can always wear it to the office, but the item oozes effortless elegance and is perennially chic – so it works just as well for a night out, or a lazy day at the beach. 

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THE TEAM

PHOTOGRAPHER Andreas Sjödin

DIRECTOR Andreas Sjödin

STYLING Lisa Lindqwister | Lund Lund

DOP Max Larsson

MODEL Alima Fofana | W360

HAIR Lok Lau | CLM Agency

MAKEUP Anya De Tobon | Link Details

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