Fall is in session! One of my absolute favorite materials to wear in the fall is silk. Silk is perfect for the fall weather because it’s heavy enough to protect you from the chill, but it looks extremely delicate. Most people like to wear silk in the summer, but for me it tends not to be as breathable in the fall. The summer heat and sun will cause me to sweat, so I wait until the weather drops to the low 70’s-60’s to pull out my silk pieces.
Silk is literally plastered in every store you can think of, so you will surely be able to find some pretty amazing pieces to add to your wardrobe. BUT I am ALWAYS trying to find ways to save a few bucks. I own several silk pieces and amazingly I found them at the thrift store for less than $5 each.
Yes, silk is easily accessible, but if you are looking to save some money…DO NOT go to the mall. Stores have a tendency of overpricing items that at currently trending and it isn’t worth the strain on your wallet.
Where to Look
Shopping at the thrift store can be a headache sometimes, so there here are a few places you can look.
Women’s Pajamas/ Night wear
Many people tend to stray away from this isle, but this is wear the magic happens. Majority of the slip dresses you find at the mall can be compared to a negligee you find at the thrift store. I own so many of these and have found so many colors and patterns over the years. These tend to have higher splits, but there’s nothing that a needle and thread can’t fix.
Men’s and Women’s Business wear
These sections are filled with collared shirts and about 40 percent of these collared shirts are silk! I tend to go for the men’s shirt because of the looser and longer fit. I love a good oversized shirt you can wear with leggings or as a dress. Women’s silk shirts are perfect for tucking in to a pair of mom jeans.
This is the perfect guide for finding those silk pieces for a cheaper price, so what are you waiting for ladies…get to shopping!
By Brittanie Sturdivant, Sophomore, Open Campus Parsons School of Design