Hi everyone, just letting you know that I’m not being paid to write this… I wish!
I’ve recently become very interested in investing in a range of silk camisole tops for my wardrobe.
I have 3-4 silk shirts from Equipment (two I bought off eBay!), 2 silk tops from Tibi, 1 silk shirt from Isabel Marant, 1 silk dress from Zimmermann, 2 silk tops from Country Road (very old, with ruffles!), 1 silk top from Forever New (very old with a digital print), a few silk dresses from Sass and Bide and Aurelio Costarella. I think that’s about it.
So far, the silk I like from most to least is: Equipment, Isabel Marant, Tibi, Zimmerman, then lastly Country Road and Forever New (their silk feels more like a kind of stiff polyester silk).
(I didn’t rank the designer dresses, because I only wear them occasionally).
Now that I think about it, this scale possibly reflects the price of each garment too. I guess it rings true… you get what you pay for.
Anyway, I was keen to buy a silk racerback top from Grana, for AU$65.
I’ve heard nice things about their silk, plus their silk items are SO AFFORDABLE!!
When I was in Singapore, I was in a cafe, I saw this tall, gorgeous, young Asian woman, wearing a bright orange silk racer-back camisole and it looked AMAZING on her. I knew it was Grana, because her tag was sticking out! I wanted to let her know about the tag, and ask her if I could FEEL the silk of her top, but um, that would have been waaay too creepy!
SO what is the quality of Grana Silk like?? Where does it sit on the scale of all my silk items?
I bought these two tops above and here are my thoughts.
The Grana Silk V-Neck Camisole in Marzipan for AU$71.00 in XS.
The website describes the top as a “structured V-neck with the beautiful relaxed drape of Georgette Satin”.
For me, I didn’t like this Georgette Satin. Even though it was 100% silk, it felt more like a slightly stiff/slippery satin than silk. And it had a satin shine to it, which I didn’t like.
This “satin-look, slip top” may be on-trend at the moment (worn over a white t-shirt), but I felt that the material made the top look a bit cheap.
Having said that, it looks and feels like a high-quality polyester top from Witchery, which would probably cost you around $70-$80 anyway.
I liked the “structured” shape and soft drape of the top, but the XS was slightly too big for me (I’m usually a standard Size AUS/UK 6). It flared out slightly at my arm pits and it didn’t sit nicely on my chest.
I chose the size based on my equivalent AU sizing, but I should have chosen based on the measurements supplied on the site, which indicated that I should have bought a XXS.
I loved the colour though! It was a muted ivory and would work really well with the rest of my wardrobe.
I also loved that it was lined (double layered).
Unfortunately I decided to return this top.
I had to pay $10 for return shipping. I might buy some black shorts instead.
The Grana Silk Racerback Camisole in Rust, for AU$65.00 in XS.
The website describes the silk as “100% silk Crepe de Chine”.
I LOVE the silk for this price. It feels softer and more “buttery” than my Tibi top. It is DEFINITELY a winner, I’m very happy with it and I think it is super-duper good value for a silk top.
However, the silk does feel a little… delicate. It feels so soft, like it might tear or snag it on something sharp, where as my Tibi top feels a little more stronger and robust.
Basically I feel like I have to BE CAREFUL with the Grana top, where I simply don’t even think/notice that I’m wearing my Tibi silk top.
The Size XS fits me perfectly.
The top is lined (double layered).
The colour is OK. I was hoping for it to be a little darker (as shown in my shadowy photo above), but in fact it is more like on the photo on the website: a bright burnt orange.
I decided to keep this top, instead of swapping it for another colour, like navy, because I think I’ll get a lot more use from this colour than the other colours offered on the site (plus I already have a black, white and grey top in a similar style).
I’m trying to wear a bit more colour!
Take home message:
Read the fabric description carefully.
Buy the 100% Silk Crepe de Chine. It’s beautiful!
Look at the supplied measurements on each individual garment.
10% Discount Anyone?
I have a 10% discount code 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! Just type in www.grana.com and you won’t get the 10% discount sent out to you.)
Happy shopping or browsing!!