Smooth As Silk: A Guide to Wearing the Most Luxurious Fabric

Written by Peyton Haahr
Photo Courtesy Patrick Demarchelier, British Vogue 

The most sensuous fabric in the whole fashion galaxy is silk. It’s a slippery, alluring fabric that slides through your hands with ease and drapes off the body like its liquid rather than material. While it may not have been a dominant trend on the runways of 2018, it was still seen peaking out underneath jackets through tops and dresses. Each piece brings a sultry intensity that no other fabric can ooze as well as silk – and we’re here to show you how to wear it as best as possible. You can thank us later.

We start with Louis Vuitton with their silk dresses. One of the best and easiest ways to work with a silk piece is to find a dress made of it. Some might be frightened of silk’s ability to show every curve and every turn of the body, but fear not. On the runway, models stalked around wearing mid-calf length dresses with jackets over them. One was long, the other boxy and structured. These coats add interest (not to mention warmth), and can help you feel more comfortable in the fabric. Go with something that hits at the hips or drops lower past the knee. Anything too cropped or one that lands past one’s hips will look ill-fitted and detached from the rest of the outfit. Watch the length of the dress as well – you don’t want your going-out, evening look to come off too bedroom-heavy.


Louis Vuitton Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear, Photos Courtesy of Umberto Fratini/

Valentino gave a master class in the idea that “less is more”, with flowing dresses in silhouettes with stunning lines and drapes. In yellow-golds and subdued pinks, these dresses may not have had any prints on them, but their structuring and the accessories they were completed with took them to the next level. The lace-up heels gave an edgy touch, along with Victorian-inspired jewelry and studded bags. If you don’t want your look to come off too feminine, try to emulate the style at Valentino. The alluring nature of the silk mixes with shining metals and creates the look of a confident woman with a taste for the finer things.  Don’t go too heavy with the accessories, though. Make sure the silk dress is the star of the show.


Valentino Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear, Photos Courtesy of Yannis Vlamos/

At Tibi, the brand channeled the nostalgia of the 80’s, pushing un-styled basics and simpler looks that were presented in saturated colors – like lime greens, tangerine oranges, and deep navy blues. Channeling power-dressing, silky separates were paired together in tracksuits, and in collared-shirt and skirt combos. The silky fabric did nothing to detract from the look, instead kicked the confidence and sensuality of the outfit up a few notches. Each one was paired with simple heels, and hair worn down and relatively unadorned. This combination with dressier clothing created an interesting vibe that brilliantly mixed relaxation with sophistication. Matching looks like this may seem daunting, but the result is well worth the effort. The proof on the runway is all you need. 


Tibi Spring 2018 Ready-to-Wear, Photos Courtesy of Marcus Tondo/

Silk should in no way be confined to either the bedroom or for the evening. It has the ability to transition from day to night, and should be utilized in more environments. Delicate can turn tough with the right styling, and vice versa. Picking the right style of piece in silk can add great interest to a look and elevate it to one that oozes sophistication and confidence. With all the trends swirling around at the moment, this one – with its classy nature and versatility – is a great one to follow.