A bunch of pretty silk tops

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I’ll just start out by saying that silk tops are not a cheap category. There’s nothing too outrageously splurgy here (at least by my—admittedly skewed—standards) and I did manage to unearth a couple of reasonably-priced choices, but for the most part, a nice silk blouse will cost you. But I think they’re worth it, because it always feels a little bit special to be wearing silk, even if you’ve got no bigger plans than lounging about at home. Why not let’s start with this divine leopard print?

vince silk top

I sort of wanted to save this red top for a “Things I bought, things I want” post, because I do want it a lot, but I haven’t bought much lately so it goes in here. Just such a good red, and nice slouchy fit.

everlane silk top

Well-priced, deeply office-worthy, covertly kind of cool.

equipment silk top1

This popover has all the crispness on a freshly-ironed white button-down shirt.

eileen fisher silk top

This shirt comes in a few colors—including always-handy black—but I like it best in this vibrant red.

veronica beard silk top

A pretty dark floral, just how I like them.

lagence silk top

Small touches—the deep cuffs, the covered buttons—make this an elegant option.

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Another pretty floral print—because spring will come, eventually.

joie silk top

I’ve thought about buying this easy top so many times: it just looks like a good solid option for those days when nothing else in your closet seems quite right.

vince silk top1

The gentle gathers on this blouse make it quite feminine.

rebecca taylor silk top

This top is a bit girlier than I usually go, but I like it.

green silk top

I just really love this green.

everlane silk top1

I saw a striped shirt like this from Isabel Marant recently that costs about twenty times what this one does.

eileen fisher striped silk top

I like the very subtle stripes here.

frame silk top

Another top I surprise myself by liking because a high neck like that is usually not for me. But I think the smocking is a cool touch.

vince silk top2

I love the graceful neckline here.

 

In case you missed it: my post last week on tops with great prints.

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19 Thoughts on A bunch of pretty silk tops
    Rae
    26 Feb 2018
    9:06am

    This is a great round-up! I too love silk shirts, they are so comfortable to wear but always look like one made an effort.
    Perhaps someone in the GOACA community could share how they launder their silks? I don’t dry-clean as some of the chemicals trigger my asthma and I have had very mixed success laundering silk at home.

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    Debra
    26 Feb 2018
    10:41am

    Not a fan of silk but these are all lovely to look at!

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    Heather
    26 Feb 2018
    11:15am

    Just FYI, Joie and Rebecca Taylor do tons of silk shirts every season and there’s always a decent supply at Saks off Fifth, Nordstrom Rack, Last Call, etc. When I worked in an office I wore various silk tops pretty much daily and I think I paid full price for only one of them.

    As for washing, I’d do a vodka spritz after a wear or two, and then once they really needed washing a swish-and-soak in cold water with a little shampoo or hand soap (Woolite if you’re paranoid), then hang to dry. If the shirt is patterned and doesn’t need to be perfect you can pull/smooth the wrinkles out of silk as it dries — the absolute best thing for this is a glass shower door, since you can just smooth the wet fabric against the glass and it truly almost looks like you ironed it.

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      Kelly
      26 Feb 2018
      6:13pm

      Totally!! Nordstrom Rack is a treasure trove of Joie (and Equipment.) I haven’t tried Rebecca Taylor’s silk but good to know.

      Ok, am I the only one who is NOT impressed with Everlane’s silk? I have no idea what makes quality silk quality, but I’ve had great luck with Joie, Madewell, even Ann Taylor — at the same general price point and yet Everlane’s silk always looks super wrinkly — the two Everlane silk shorts I have I also don’t really love because the fabric is sort of brushed silk which besides wrinkling also seems to show stains like exponentially relative to other brands. I’ve been thinking of goodwilling both since I never wear them — they’re both a couple years old, so is it possible they’ve made improvements to their fabrics? I’ve had good luck with other Everlane stuff, their silk just seems like the real weak point for me.

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    Rebecca Too
    26 Feb 2018
    11:52am

    Love them all! Dress them up, dress them down. Every outfit I wear starts with a blouse or button down. Add jeans and a hoodie for running errands or a sweater and trousers when required. It is such easy dressing and you get some visual interest from the pattern, the stripes, the leopard print or the texture. I also feel like you can get great tops for very reasonable prices. And they can stay in the rotation forever!

    My ballad to blouses is complete…

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    Eloise
    26 Feb 2018
    12:47pm

    About a month ago, Saks Off 5th had the first blouse (silk, leopard print Equipment) for, I think, $118. There pics include the removable bow tie (not one word because its a long strip you can tie into a bow) but its the same shirt. I don’t have time to include a link (I’m “at work” and all – oops) but it could very well still be available.

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    JSL
    26 Feb 2018
    3:07pm

    Just a note to say that Equipment shirts have a terrible re-sale value (maybe they’re a bit niche?) and pop up for super cheap on Ebay/ThredUp all the time. I picked up two on Ebay – one of them a Kate Moss limited edition, and the other one a fab leopard print for under $50 a couple of months ago. I also got an Equipment silk dress for $30.

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      Kelly
      26 Feb 2018
      6:17pm

      Thred up is so weird — I sent a bunch of them and this not particularly cute Rebecca Minkoff dress that I’d bought at a sample sale was listed on there for like $60 (probably more than I paid for it) and I think I got like $12 for much nicer brands that if I hadn’t been lazy should have sold on EBay myself.

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      Sammy
      27 Feb 2018
      9:47am

      The same w/ Equipment sweaters. As I was reading through the comments I was mumbling to myself to check ebay regarding the blouses.

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    Betsy
    26 Feb 2018
    3:53pm

    Everlane has a good selection of basic silks, but I have not bought one so can’t comment on the quality. Ecru also does several each season in the $150-180 range. Equipment always has beautiful options but beware if you have a large bust as I have found them to be tight over the boobs.

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    Tiffany
    26 Feb 2018
    4:28pm

    Silk shirts are part of my uniform – I just love them. That green one …

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    Darcy
    26 Feb 2018
    4:58pm

    Lovely but…How do you all stay warm in these? (Camisole/tank top makes not a whit of difference, IMHO.)

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    Lori
    26 Feb 2018
    9:26pm

    Love Everlane’s silk shirts and blouses! They’re flattering and affordable, and the fabric is lovely — not the same as that used in their old PJ shorts. Also love Cuyana’s silks. And Tucker NYC is amazing for beautiful, seasonal silk prints; watch for occasional markdowns! (They also stock classic ivory and black.) Their Classic Blouse is a thousand times more flattering in real life than on the models … BTW, I now stick to dry-cleaning silk (only washing it if a garment is custom-made, with the yardage washed before sewing), as commercial silk items always seem to shrink a full size, even when hand-washed in cold water. Some types of silk also lose their luster in water.

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    Lori
    26 Feb 2018
    9:32pm

    Love Everlane’s silk shirts and blouses! They’re flattering and affordable, and the fabric is lovely — not the same as that used in their old PJ shorts. Also love Cuyana’s silks. And Tucker NYC is amazing for beautiful, seasonal silk prints; watch for occasional markdowns! (They also stock classic ivory and black.) Their Classic Blouse is a thousand times more flattering in real life than on the models … BTW, I now stick to dry-cleaning silk (only washing it if a garment is custom-made, with the yardage washed before sewing), as commercial silk items always seem to shrink a full size, even when hand-washed cold. Some types of silk also lose their luster in water.

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    Jen
    26 Feb 2018
    10:10pm

    I have that Joie top in both black and ivory and LOVE them both. I’ve had them for years, but their style is timeless and I get compliments when I wear them. I wish I could afford more!

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    Mamavalveeta03
    28 Feb 2018
    2:39am

    I’m drawn like a moth to a flame to the leopard print blouse, but I have such a non-leopard lifestyle that it seems ridiculous to even consider it. To be continued…

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