Silk’s less tapped cousin satin is having a moment. Sported by contemporary it-girls like Alexa Chung (in a divine night gown-look vintage satin dress), Zendaya and Chiara Ferragni, satin has enjoyed a new seal of approval from fashion followers all over. Its smooth, lustrous surface is the result of a complex weave with fewer interlaces. It is a type of weave, constructed by floating several warp yarns across the weft before going under one weft thread, and beginning the cycle again. As for silk, satin is strongly associated with luxury and pleasantly versatile, but slightly more accessible – this is reflected in the great offering of casual pieces, like jackets, made with satin. Out for a black-tie summer party where cocktail dresses will make do? Try a 1990s-flirting floaty satin slip dress teamed with barely-there vintage jewellery in sterling silver. At work? A satin top will add a subtle accent to your everyday office uniform. For breezy summer says – dress down a vintage satin shirt by tying a knot to accentuate the waist and teaming it with your favourite pair of denim shorts, and finish off with a pair of vintage sunglasses for an eternal leisured look. Feeling daring? A pair of flared vintage satin trousers will up your 1970s disco ante. Just after a subtle satin accent? Try a vintage satin handbag to dress up an everyday look or accentuate a sleek evening dress – our selection of vintage Chanel handbags in quilted satin offer an unexpected twist and exciting update of the immortal shoulder bag.
OfV says: When it comes to satin, who will ever forget Kate Hudson in THAT yellow dress? Like liquid gold, satin flows like water and can make any woman feel like a goddess whether it’s in the form of a vintage maxi dress or a pair of silk pyjamas. With jewel colours and clever drapes, we’re expecting to see a lot more of this slinkiest of cloths as we move towards the summer. Still missing out on that perfect satin wardrobe staple? Whether you want to take on a full frock or just add a sleek touch to an accessory, browse the Open for Vintage collection of satin pieces and get your slinky style fix.