Before I had an Equipment silk shirt, I desperately wanted to know what was the quality like, what did it feel like, and most importantly… why did it cost so much?
So I bought a near-new Equipment Signature Blouse (in Natural White, XS) and I completely fell in love with it. After that I bought an Equipment SLIM Signature Blouse (in Nude, XS).
Lately, I’ve been looking for more affordable silk pieces for my wardrobe and I came across Grana.
I bought TWO tops and a few weeks ago, I wrote an honest review on my blog about how I loved one and disliked the other.
I returned the top I disliked, and with that refund, I bought a long-sleeve button down shirt.
Now I was keen to do a head-to-head comparison of my Equipment Silk Shirt vs Grana Silk Shirt!
This post isn’t sponsored or paid by Grana at all, soooo I guess can be totally honest and say things like wow this is shit! Haha only kidding. However I do have a 10% discount code for all new customers at the end of my post.
This black top is the Grana Silk Classic Shirt (AUD$71) in Black, Size XS.
This is the Equipment SLIM Signature Blouse (AUD$348) in Nude, Size XS.
The Equipment shirt has pockets at the front and exposed buttons, which gives the shirt a casual look.
The Grana shirt has NO chest pockets and it has a flap that covers the buttons, so the front of the shirt looks very minimal and sleek. I’d say it has a more “polished, smart and formal” look, and would work well with office attire, smart outfits, or evening outfits.
I’d honestly say that I wouldn’t wear this Grana style (even in a different colour) with denim shorts, because the shirt just doesn’t look casual enough! But that’s just me. I’m sure other people would enjoy the juxtaposition.
The Grana shirt is slightly shorter.
The cuffs and collar of the two shirts are pretty much exactly the same.
The “slim-ness” of the two shirts are pretty much exactly the same too. I really like this slim size and think it fits me really well. It’s not too loose, not too baggy, not too fitted or tight either – both are peeeerfect!
The Equipment silk is lighter and a tiny bit thinner. The silk feels lovely and soft, yet strong and smooth… and there’s even a slight slippery feel to it. Yet at the same time, there’s a very, very slight velvety texture that sets it apart from silk you buy from high street brands.
The Grana silk is slightly heavier and it has more of a velvety and furry texture to it. The velvety texture gives it a nice softness, which makes it drape very luxuriously. According to the website, it is called Grana’s “100% silk Crepe de Chine” and it used for most of Grana’s silk items.
The velvety texture also gives it a kind of velvety shine, so the black doesn’t look like a pure, dark, black. You know how velvet changes tone when you swipe it up or down? There’s a subtle hint of that effect with this shirt.
The Grana silk feels delicate and luxurious, however the 3 times I wore it, it did tend to build up a slight static and stuck to my body.
The Equipment shirt feels light, soft, luxurious and there’s no hint of static.
If I had to CHOOSE ONE, I would choose the Equipment shirt.
I’m sure most of my decision is an emotional one, based on my perceived value from its big price tag, my years of stalking after the brand and the cult following around the brand. However, I do like the casual look of the pockets and buttons more and I prefer the less-velvety silk.
However having said that, there’s actually nothing wrong with the Grana silk.
It’s different and it’s BEAUTIFUL!!
This Grana silk shirt is absolutely amazing value for AUD$71. I am super-duper happy with it, it feels gorgeous on my skin, I’m planning to buy a few more simple tank tops in different colours (hello, at $42 each???)
10% Discount Anyone?
I have a 10% discount code (for new customers only) if you’re keen to buy something from Grana!
Just use this link, create an account and they’ll automatically send you the 10% discount code to use on your order. (If you do make an order with the link, I will get some credit added to my account, so if that upsets you, sorry!)
Since publishing this post, Grana got in contact with me and has given me a promo code to share with you guys! (Still not getting paid though haha!)
The offer is for EXISTING CUSTOMERS to get 10% off by using the code “KARENxGRANA”. Valid until 1 November 2016. (I don’t get any credit for this promo, but that’s fine with me, happy to share!)
Happy shopping or browsing!!