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Fabulous Fabrics

When we were little girls we were told to keep our very pretty clothes for special occasions, so the satin party dress, the velvet skirt or the lace trim blouse would only get an airing every now and then. So, the current trend of wearing our ‘fancy’ clothes during the day as well as the evening, at work and at play, may seem a little extravagant. However, in the spirit of getting the most value out of our wardrobe, it makes a lot of sense.

Before you start adding sequins to your look or wearing a velvet dress to the office you need to know which fabrics look good on you and how to work them.

Silk and Satin

The easiest way to wear silk and satin for day wear is probably with a blouse and to keep the glamour factor it should have a nice detail like a bow or ruffle or a hint of a puffed sleeve. A simple satin blouse teamed with jeans or under a shift dress gives you an easy luxury look for daytime. Fluid silks and satins also glide nicely over curves so they are flattering for full hourglass and rounder body shapes. Be careful if you go for stiffer or layered versions though as they can add bulk.

The light reflecting quality of these fabrics will make them the focus of your outfit so think about where and how you wear them. A satin skirt in a bold shade will attract the eye to your lower half, so beware triangle shapes; you should be drawing attention to the top half of your body instead. Silk trousers can work for some but the styles are generally pegged so ideally better on leaner and/or taller figures.

Great for: Adding classic glamour; flattering curvy figures; layering.


Velvet is available in a range of guises and looking much more stylish than we might remember it. You will still find dramatic floor length evening dresses and evening coats but there are some more versatile pieces too. Its rich texture gives the wearer a feeling of real luxury.

Velvet is a more substantial material so think about how it fits with your body. A structured velvet jacket will work best on neat hourglass figures, rectangles and inverted triangles. The ‘swing’ jackets will look good on curvier figures. A knee length (or just above) dress is perfect for day wear with tights or leggings and boots. The great thing about this seasons’ velvets are the colours, so don’t just go for black, find one of your great colours and it will have more impact.

Great for: Giving a luxurious feel to your look; both structured and softer lines; jackets and coats.

Sequins and Shimmer

This will bring real ‘wow’ factor to your day wear so enjoy, but don’t overdo it. If you feel it’s appropriate, the sequin jacket is a favourite and easy to slip over a dress or jersey and team with trousers or skirts. There are also ‘body conscious’ dresses, glittering trousers and fun tops in various colours. For more discerning tastes choose a top with a subtle all over sparkle effect or just a smattering of sequin in parts.

As with the satins, this fabric is going to be the attention grabber in your outfit so consider what you can really get away with; over the top shimmer for daytime certainly wouldn’t be appropriate for your job in the city but don’t be afraid to get your shimmer on at the weekends!

Great for: Out-and-out feel good glamour, brightening your day, getting attention!

Other textures

There are other luxury fabrics to consider this Autumn including cashmere, chiffon, brocade and leather. Cashmere is not just for your grandmother’s twin set, treat yourself to a quality piece of knitwear and it will last you for winters to come. Neat knits or slouchy, it’s a luxurious way to keep warm.

Chiffon is feminine and alluring – and generally transparent – so do be careful For daywear the ideal options are garments with a little chiffon mixed in, say in a sleeve or as an overlay to another material. Brocade textures have a classical feel but can be worked with modern fabrics to keep them current. Leather has been given new life this season seeing modern twists on trousers and skirts and fabulous dresses. Most of these will be super soft leathers but can still be restrictive on curvy bodies so try and try and try before you buy!

Great clothes may not always look great on you if they don’t suit your body shape and scale. feron clark style will give you all the tools you need to make sure that you shop wisely and look fabulous, always with our style consultation session.
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