My Work Wardrobe: Cool as Silk

My Work Wardrobe: Cool as Silk

The humidity has well and truly set in around these parts lovelies.

I’m no longer lusting after my jeans when I’m getting dressed in the mornings – in fact, the mere thought of reaching for my skinnies makes me break out into a sweat and feel all ‘hot and bothered’.

Give me a few weeks though, and I’ll probably be lusting after them that much that I’ll be brave enough to attempt wearing them  – even if it means melting into a puddle 😉

For now though, all I can think about is making sure I stay as cool as possible.

Fabrics play a huge part in this for me.

In fact, I would happily call myself obsessive when it comes to what fabric I wear…if you missed this post you’ll realise I’m only half-joking when it comes to my obsessions!

Synthetic fabrics have never been a favourite of mine, but when the humidity hits – I just want run a mile. With the exception of viscose and rayon – they are both good to go in my eyes.

But there are certain fabrics that make me down-right cranky.

POLYESTER and NYLON are the cranky culprits…unless of course, this comes in the form of fabulous shapewear, swimwear or exercise gear that sucks me in enough to look like a stick insect. Just call me fickle!

No matter how good the polyester may be – I just can’t bring myself to wear it in the form of a dress, pants or top though.

Of course, I’ve had plenty of those ‘god I must buy this now’ moments. Only to get home and realise I’ve ended up buying a polyester, because I been blown away by design/colour.

It actually happened to me this week. Yes, I was caught-up in the moment and ended up grabbing my size in a new dress that arrived at CR.

The design was utterly fabulous – it was a real me dress, but it couldn’t stay.

Oh no Siree.

The label read: 100% Polyester.

Thank goodness I have educated myself to be fixated by care labels…it’s a failsafe for me, my sort of get out of jail card, if you like. My back-up for when I have a lustful moment.

If lust takes over and stops me checking the care label in store, my in-built fabric obsession jumps to attention as soon as I get home.

If it say’s polyester – it goes back. Stat.

Simple as that.

If you pop by here often, by now, you will all have heard me go on  wax lyrical about my favourite threads though.

In particular I adore silk and linen – mix these two together and I’m in fabric heaven!

Spending 3 and a half years in the UK Bridal Industry, taught me so much about fabric. It made me realise that fabric is equally as important as design.

Yep, honestly it is.

You can have the most stunning dress, but if its in the wrong fabric you will never wear it – especially through an Aussie summer. Think clingy, staticy, sweaty.

The fabric back-story:

My fabric obsession really kicked in when I started designing my range of bridal gowns. Sketching ideas and playing around with quality silks became the norm.

I had always loved silk but during this time I began to really appreciate its beauty.

I was also shocked to the core at how many brides simply coveted a dresses that looked good in a mag. I’m not talking designer bespoke artistry gowns when I say this, I’m talking humongous poorly made frocks in heavy synthetics that brides did not hesitate paying BIG bucks for…

Can you imagine how many  brides get  fixated caught up with a picture in a mag?  Without even considering the weight of the dress, fabric or coping with a dress in stinking hot temps for 8-10 hours.

Loads, I tell ya. Loads.

I could write a book…How does Confessions of a Bridal Boutique sound eh?

Anyway, as per, I digress…

So, imagine my delight when I saw this silk dress arrive at CR.

My favourite fabric, a great length and easy to wear.

IMG_3862-650 My Work Wardrobe: Cool as Silk IMG_3870-650

Strappy Sundress $249.00 Country Road (I’m wearing a 12) Wide Link Belt $79.95 Country Road  |  Shoes: Witchery from a year ago  | Sunnies: Ray Ban Wayfarer

Only problem was the colour. I’ve never really worn green before.

My biggest question: Could I pull if off?

After studying it for all of 30 minutes I decided to give it a go.

I tried it on and instantly loved it…Maybe I need to be a bit more adventurous when it comes to colour.

The dress has elastic around the waistline, making it a dream in the comfort stakes and perfect for this time of year.

It’s also the type of dress that would be perfect for any occasion from a Christmas party (festive green) to a day at the races/polo/ or even a wedding.

Super-flexible a good shape, and perfect if you’re a curvy pear like moi!

This dress would look AH-mazing with black heels and accessories, or even gold. But for something more on the casual side, I thought a touch of my favourite tan might just work…

The rest, as they say, is history!

 Do you run a mile from Polyester? Favourite fabric?

Is green your colour?


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