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Unzipped: How to.. Slay in silky sets


With the first of the holiday festivities in the bag, I’m sure we can all now breathe a bit easier. So after having several days to sit, stuff and buy stuff, I’ve developed a whole new appreciation for loungewear. If done tastefully, I really don’t see why sitting around in silky separates is a bad thing. What else would you really rather be doing on a cold winter afternoon? For Resort 2017, one of the dominant trends this season was pairing separates to create pajama style looks meant to be worn in or out. Between my desire to stay cozy and comfortable at home and the need to be presentable when I do leave the house, I find this to be a suitable mash up.

One of the best things about resortwear is that it provides a sort of middle ground between current styles and Spring looks that will hit stores in another month. That being said, many of us will also be looking to take flight in search of some sun drenched fun, so these easy layers are bound to hit the mark. To keep it fresh, I began pulling inspiration from the Off-White Resort 2017 collection from tastemaker, Virgil Abloh. His trademark ability to juxtapose even the wildest of silhouettes helped play a role in his pairings of delicate silks and heavier bottoms or outerwear. I look forward to seeing his work captured all over Art Basel during the coming days. In a much more minimalist tone, contemporary looks at Tibi hit all the right notes with subtle hues and glossy finishes. The subtle slouch yet apparent femininity of Amy Smilovic’s silken pairings are in a word, dreamy. Complete with a flat sandal or covered mule, the effortlessness of these pieces reigns true.

Whether you’re still knocking out your wishlist or looking to splurge on yourself, it’ll be hard not to end up with some silky pieces in the shopping bag this season. Sets are an easy giftable item, like the creamy Chloé silk-satin blouse and shorts. Or feel free to mix and match a bit with an array of separates starting with the Reformation silk wrap maxi dress. This particular item can stand alone or be worn as a top layer over a slip, for instance the Altuzarra Moonshine asymmetric dress. It’s the best of both worlds. Equally appealing are the Stella McCartney Landscape trousers which tell a story all on their own. Keep the pairing simple with a solid top from Equipment or Tibi and let the bottoms speak for themselves. All in all, there’s a whole lot of silk to love.

I can fully embrace the idea of boudoir styles being pushed to the forefront and reworked in a way that’s appropriate for day or night. In this case, silk inspires a luxury and decadence that mirrors the glittering spirit of the Holidays. Tis’ the season to be chic.

Brands we love: Reformation Silk Wrap Maxi Dress, Altuzarra ‘Moonshine’ Embellished Tulle-trimmed Asymmetric Dress, Chloé Silk-satin Blouse, Chloé Silk-satin Shorts, Tibi Pleated Silk-satin Culottes, Balenciaga Silk Crepe de Chine Shirt, Stella McCartney Landscape Wide-leg Trousers, Galvan Silk-satin Trench Coat, Raey Tulip-hem Silk Slip Skirt, Raey Deep Scoop-neck Silk-satin Cami, Tibi Asymmetric Silk-satin Top, Equipment ‘Layla’ Lace-trimmed Silk Cami, Equipment ‘Signature’ Washed-silk Shirt


By Ariel Serano

Tags: Off-White / Resort 2017 / retail / runway / Shopping / silk / Tibi

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