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Tried and Tested: Pure Collection Washed Silk Shirt

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A silk blouse is the modern wardrobe’s most revered item. It repels ‘It’ status by being an investment in any print or colour, without having to reinvent itself to align with current trends, and looks equally chic paired with a leather pencil skirt for work, as it does with jeans for off-duty style.

Having been on the hunt for the perfect silk shirt, and fully aware that it would come with a rather extravagant price tag, I searched high and low for the perfect option that wouldn’t break the bank but would reward me with some serious style points!
Not keen on spending upwards of £200, I came across the washed silk shirt from Pure Collection - a go-to brand for luxe wardrobe essentials – during my frantic search. Priced at a reasonably budget-friendly £89, I instantly wanted to put its silken credentials to the test!
I opted for the washed silk shirt in Indigo and wore it for two different occasions. Here’s what I thought…
A day of meetings

Naturally a day that consisted of  frequent and frantic travelling, back-to-back meetings really tested this sandwashed silk crepe de chine beauty! A dream to slip on; the washed silk shirt felt breezy and light, and surprised me by how little it had creased at the end of the day.

I styled the washed silk shirt with my latest winter coat purchase, skinny wool trousers, pointed pumps and a tote that doubles up as a lifesaver!

Drinks with the girls

One of the reasons I would advise anyone to invest in a high quality silk shirt is its sheer versatility.  Effortlessly transferable from the office to an after hours event; a silk shirt is an instant glam update to a casual look.

Not a fan of overdressing for an evening out with friends, I found the muted tone and block colour of the washed silk shirt worked wonders for my love of statement necklaces, without overpowering my look. And it looked fabulous paired with jeans – style bingo! I gave outerwear a miss to prevent the look from teetering on workwear in a bar!

Verdict: A super-soft, almost delicate feel, the washed silk shirt from Pure Collection was comfortable to wear. I particularly liked that my heavy necklace and the chain-strap of my shoulder bag didn’t damage the fabric (something I’ve heartbreakingly experienced in the past). Indigo is the perfect pared down colour candidate for day, and looks uber-glam dressed up with eye-catching jewellery for an evening look.

The only downside to my experience was that I expected the fit to be a little more louche, given the second-skin quality of the silk crepe de shine fabric, and found the shirt slightly pulled at the shoulders. I opted for a size 10, but maybe going one above your actual size would be a good idea.

Washed Silk Shirt in Indigo, £89, available at Pure Collection.

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