Spring has finally sprung in Australia, and I could not be more happy. The labour day long weekend proved to be the perfect opportunity to head up to the Adelaide Hills for a beautiful lunch with great friends, and check out the new wines on offer at The Lane Vineyard.
This spectacular winery is set amongst rolling hills which makes you feel as if you’re so far removed from the rest of the world. So much so, [almost] three years ago my husband and I got married there!
And any venue that has an onsite tree swing has my vote! There is something so Spring-like about swinging on a wooden swing in the hills wearing a flowy silk skirt! And after what seemed like an extremely long and cold winter, being outside in the fresh air wearing light and breezy clothing felt amazing.
And much to Miranda Priestly’s disgust, silk (like florals) is not that groundbreaking! haha. But Spring really is the perfect time to wear silk shirts and skirts due to the unpredictable weather; the days can be warm and the nights can still be quite cool. I find silk shirts to be the most practical not only on the weekends, because they are effortlessly chic, but during the week at work.
Make sure you take the time to read the material on the tags when purchasing a silk top. Many retailers will use the term silk but quite often they are made from cheaper materials such as polyester, rayon and viscose. And please note, there is nothing wrong with these materials, they just don’t breath as easy as silk and therefore not as luxurious. After all, Coco Chanel did say “Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury.”
When reading the tags on silk garments, it often says ‘dry clean only.’ But I for one have had no problems washing my silk garments on a delicate cycle (cold wash) in the washing machine and letting them hang dry. I do, however have a washing machine with a smooth honeycomb drum which reduces the risk of garments catching when being spun. Another way to avoid this is to use a lingerie bag (I usually buy mine from department stores such as David Jones & Myer). I wouldn’t, however put silk garments in the dryer.
I think it’s very important to understand your lifestyle and what you have time to do in terms of washing. If you are really pressed for time or don’t have the appropriate tools to wash your clothes properly then you may not get as much wear out of them. And quite frankly, that’s a waste of money. For example, I am going from a house with a backyard to an apartment on the 6th floor with a very small balcony in a completely different climate. That will affect my ability to wash and prepare the clothes I have and the clothes I wish to buy in the future.
Practicality aside; always buy items you love. When you feel good, you look good. Most often than not, it’s the simple things in life such as wearing your favourite outfit, that can totally transform your psyche. The more content and confident you are, the more you will get out of life. And that positively impacts those around you. And my God, do we need more of that in this world.
Thanks for dropping by. If you have any other tips on how to wash and maintain silk garments, as well as any other comments – leave a message!
P.s The wine tasting was superb! The Lane ‘syrah’ was our favourite.
K- Leather & Soie
What I wore:
Silk top – Jay Godfrey via Amazon
Skirt – Fashion BNKR
Boots – Scanlan Theodore
Bag – Chanel