The worst part about trying a new clothing style or brand is when you find your new favorite shirt, blouse or dress damaged too soon by regular wear. Maybe it shrinks in the dryer, fades in the wash, or rips at the seam–whatever the case may be, it’s usually linked to the quality of fabric used in the clothing design.
Silk, with a pound-for-pound tensile strength greater than industrial steel, is one of the most durable fabrics you can choose for your wardrobe. Here are our top 4 reasons to add silk to your weekly wear.
Silk fabric doesn’t fray or rip easily.
Because silk fabric is made from long, tightly woven strands of individual fibers, silk clothing is naturally resistant to rips and tears. Since the fibers are so long, the fabric doesn’t experience the same type of micro-tearing most common to weaker textiles like cotton and many man-made materials. Over time, the strain of everyday wear can weaken the strength of a fabric, which makes it much more susceptible to broken seams, frayed hems, and a worn appearance.
The strength of the fiber alone adds years to the lifespan of your favorite silk dresses, pants, and long underwear.
Silk takes and retains color well.
Silk absorbs color quickly and holds that color for many years. This means your silk clothing can showcase rich, vibrant colors and patterns, and that those colors will last a lifetime.
Silk resists soil and odors.
The protein structure of silk makes the fabric very hardy against dirt, mold, and other odor-causing compounds. These natural soils can erode the quality of lesser fabrics–leading to stains, smells, and wear patterns that simply won’t go away. Because silk is more similar to your own hair than other forms of plant-based fabrics, it is much easier to clean and keep clean.
Silk won’t pill.
It happens to all of us. Our favorite sweaters, pullovers, shirts, and socks lose their soft-to-touch texture over time, and one of the worst culprits is pilling. Pilling occurs most often in areas where fabric is rubbed a lot–on the sleeves, elbows, and undersides in particular where the fabric has collected small balls of dust, lint, and textile fragments that “pill” together into small balls on the cloth’s surface. However, silk’s smooth, flat surface means pilling is far less likely to happen, so your favorite silk outfits will stay soft and smooth for years.
Shop your favorite silk styles for women and men, or learn more about strong, silk long underwear for every season.