London weather has been a scorcher the past few days, and dressing for work can be more of a challenge than ever.
Office wear for hot weather
My own answer to this particular wardrobe issue, is pure silk shirts. I have a small (but beautiful, if I may say so, collection of satin (pure) silk tops). One for every day of the week, I’ve labelled them even, in French, because it sounds better. Lundy, mardi, mercredi.. etc The Friday one is in rose silk and a little bit risqué, even by the standards of my libertine office environment. To overcome the problem of looking inappropriate, (and avoid distracting the weak, male mind) during the day I wear it, with a featherlight cashmere shrug – ballet wrap style, from my beloved BRORA.
Cool satin silk
My silk shirts are mostly high street buys, top shop boutique being a favourite. I generally don’t like to have to spend too much, because they only have limited lifespan. CHANEL, DIOR and Givenchy have superior quality satin silk shirts, for those of you with bottomless pockets, but I’ve never felt the need to remortgage to buy one.
The secret to wearing cream, satin silk, shirts
First of all, let us be clear that life is unkind to cream silk. Sacrifices will have to be made. I never wear them for messy dinners, and do NOT ever attempt to take a swig of red watermelon juice out of a bottle, while wearing your cream silk shirt. I learned that the hard way… That’s just asking for trouble!
Spaghetti puttanesca, lobsters, juicy cheeseburgers or chocolate cream donughts are also out of bounds.
Changing the photocopier toner is a job best left to someone else and so is carrying my dirty bike up the stairs…
When I go out, I opt to drink vodka rather than red wine and only pick single bite canapés. Other than that I behave as normal.
I wear them with loose “denim look”, linen mix trousers. Pure linen is best but linen blends are better for keeping themselves un-crumbled for a little longer.
Stay cool everyone!
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