One of the premium natural fibers,
exceptionally strong and can be made into fine,
thin fabrics. Consequently, it is a
popular choice for both special occasion and
It's unique properties of being lightweight and
warmer in the winter and cooler in summer makes
it useful in both hot and cold climates.
Available in both wovens and knits, the
latter are frequently winter items such as
sweaters and long underwear. Silk tees
make exceptionally fine layering pieces adding
warmth with very little bulk. Lustrous satins
are made up into luxury lingerie and sleepwear,
blouses and dresses. Matte natural and
shantung silks are more likely to be used for
items such as
blazers and jackets.
Some velvets are
also silk based. Silk cocktail dresses
are especially sought after for weddings both as
bridesmaid dresses and for guests. Silk kimono
toppers have become especially popular as bohemian looks
have trended into mainstream fashion.
Shopping Resources for Silk Plus-Size Fashion
Still fairly difficult to find in
larger sizes, silk is most frequently available in modern classic
and BoHo or art-to-wear style designer and
luxury brand lines such as Johnny
Was, Melissa Masse, Tolani, Lafayette 148, Ralph
Lauren, and, Eileen Fisher
which are regularly carried by upscale
such as Nordstrom, Lord & Taylor, Neiman
Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue. The
best selection in extended sizes is regularly
in both contemporary and boho resort styles.
Luxury formalwear from designers such as St.
John, Theia, Carmen Marc Valvo, Carolina
Herrera, and Teri Jon is
more likely to be in silk than less pricey
counterparts. Although sizes larger than
12 are rare in upscale designer wear,
regularly offers options in the size 12 to 18
range for those that do have extended sizing.
Marina Rinaldi, the full-figured line from Max
Mara, also regularly offers both day dresses and
evening wear in silk for size 14 to 24W.
The deepest selection is often at
Saks Fifth Avenue.
For simple silhouettes in everyday wearable
Eileen Fisher is the eco-fashion leader.
Silks are regularly featured in the collection
in both knits and wovens. Available at
many of the better department stores, Eileen
Fisher offers most pieces in their full size
range of XS to 3X.
Bargain shoppers will also find options at
discount designer spots such as
Off 5TH and
Neiman Marcus Last Call.
* Upscale department stores mentioned in the
The natural fiber collection at plus specialty
will often include silk and silk blends in both
wovens and knits for size 12 to 34W.
Styles range from career separates to more
casual options, sometimes with a more BoHo
flavor. Meanwhile, contemporary plus
will sometimes include silk blouses in their
tailored career options for size 12 to 28W.
Natural fibers, including silk and silk blends,
continue to play an important role at the newly
for size 4 to 24W.
carries many natural fibers, including silk,
with artisanal detailing that is perfect for
both resort and more relaxed lifestyles.
Sizing is particularly diverse here with many
styles available in their full size range of 0
to 24W, with petite and tall sizes to 18.
Those who prefer more classic or tailored styles
both for work and weekend wear can find natural
size 0 to 24W for both average and petites.