For an effortlessly elegant and sophisticated look for men there is nothing quite like silk. Here are some pro tips by BOSS on why to invest in real silk and how to build it in your daily looks.
Elegant look and feel
For over 5,000 years, silk has been prized as a particularly refined and exclusive fabric. Its lustrous sheen, soft drape and ability to take on rich colours ensure that garments and accessories made from the material have a uniquely luxurious appearance. It’s also smooth and soft against the skin and is naturally breathable, making it extraordinarily comfortable to wear as well.
Silk was originally cultivated in China, and much of it is still produced in Asia. The fine, strong fibres are found in the cocoon of the silkworm, which are then carefully processed into threads and ultimately woven or knitted into pieces like shirts, ties or scarves. Silk can also be found blended with wool or cotton, adding smoothness and sheen to knitwear or suits.
Reasons to invest:
Even very good synthetic fibres cannot capture the quality of the sheen or the smoothness of the drape of real silk. Whether woven or knitted, it is always flattering, and its ability to take on strong colours creates bold, elegant pieces.
Silk works for any climate: in the cold it traps the heat and will help insulate the body. In warmer weather, it wicks moisture away from the skin, keeping you feeling fresh and dry.
Silk is an entirely natural material. The structure of its proteins makes it one of the most non-allergenic of all fabrics, and it can safely be worn directly against many skin types, even sensitive skin.
Silk has a similar tensile strength to steel, and it resists stains and odours well. Don’t be fooled by the delicate look of the fabric. Silk is incredibly durable and long-lasting.
How to style:
Entire garments, such as shirts or dresses, can be made out of silk for a particularly sophisticated look, and the fabric can help you transition from business to evening attire flawlessly. For an elevated appearance, add silk accessories to any outfit, such as with a knitted or woven tie, a pocket square or a lightweight scarf. It can also be found blended with other materials such as wool or cotton, making the fabrics lighter and more lustrous in the process.
How to clean:
Always follow the care instructions on each product. It is possible to dry clean most products containing silk, and this is usually the preferred option to protect the fabric. Certain silk products can be washed at home. To do this, wash your silk pieces by hand using lukewarm water and mild detergent. Soak them for up to five minutes before rinsing with cold water. Do not wring silk to dry it. Wrap it in a towel and gently squeeze, leaving to air dry while flat. Silk should always be ironed at a low temperature.
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