Thought You Couldn’t Wear This Fabric In Hot Weather? Think Again…

Move aside, cotton. We're having a summer fling with no-sweat satin

summer satin

by Laura Antonia Jordan |
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Vitamin D is potent. Just a hint of sun is all it takes for even the most resolute jeans-and-tee wearers among us to dive head-first into frills and florals, pastels and pompoms.

But where do you go if you want something special but have tastes that are more sleek than sweet? You turn to summer satin. Yes, you may read that as an oxymoron but just hang on a second.

Rihanna wearing Fenty in New York
Rihanna wearing Fenty in New York ©Getty

Seen on the catwalks at Bottega Veneta, Burberry and Balenciaga summer satin is glamorous, glossy and thoroughly modern. It’s more grown up than lace; less garish than sequins. Just look at Nicole Kidman in a hot pink Olivier Theyskens dress at the Taormina Film Festival last week, and Kate Moss rocking a languid silver shirt at the Dior menswear show. Or see Rihanna, sensational in a little satin dress that was big on sass for the New York launch of Fenty. ‘She made it look easy,’ says Laure Heriard Dubreil, founder and creative director of The Webster, where Riri unveiled the second drop.

Indeed, ease is all part of the appeal. Although the wedding guest charm is obvious, don’t think of summer satin as only an invite-required or after dark option; it’s also a gift for daytime. ‘I’m wearing one of our slip dresses in our 40 degree showroom today,’ says Charlotte de Geyter of Bernadette, whose floral satin dresses are fast becoming a fashion favourite. ‘Our bias-cut satin dresses drape loosely around the body, it feels like you aren’t wearing anything at all’. That's literally the stuff heatwave dreams are made of.

Nicole Kidman in Olivier Theyskens at the Taormina Film Festival
Nicole Kidman in Oliver Theyskens at the Taormina Film Festival ©Getty

To give summer satin daytime momentum opt for mannish, oversized silhouettes like Zendaya in her roomy Peter Do PJ set – a clever choice, the ex-Céline designer's own brand is already hot property among fashion insiders. ‘Satin feels really modern when you wear it with more casual fabrics like cotton,’ says the designer Catherine Quin. ‘To me, it’s the ideal time to pair a fluid satin skirt with an oversized T-shirt.’ And don’t be afraid of colour. ‘We love satin in bold saturated brights in oversized silhouettes; the fabric takes colour so well,’ says Net-A-Porter’s global fashion director Elizabeth von der Goltz, who’s currently crushing on Sies Marjan’s fuchsia Bermudas.

There is one non-negotiable, however; a good steamer is essential.

SHOP: The Best Summer Satin


SHOP: The best summer satin

Bernadette satin dress1 of 15

Bernadette, Elle Floral-Print Stretch-Silk Satin Wrap Dress, £795

Reserved satin skirt2 of 15

Reserved, Satin Maxi Skirt, £44.99

Le Monde Beryl mules3 of 15

Le Monde Beryl, Pointed-Vamp Satin Mules, £375

Kitri satin dress4 of 15

Kitri, Lana Red Vintage Dress, £145

Benoit Missolin headband5 of 15

Benoit Missolin, Helene Silk Headband, £135

Nanushka satin shirt6 of 15

Nanushka, Retro Shirt, £354

Nanushka satin trousers7 of 15

Nanushka, Wide-Leg Satin Pants, £386

Arket, Green Satin Slides, £698 of 15

Arket, Green Satin Slides, £69

Self Portrait, Leopard Print Satin Dress, £3609 of 15

Self Portrait, Leopard Print Satin Dress, £360

Maje satin playsuit10 of 15

Maje, Printed Satin Playsuit, £239

Warehouse satin skirt11 of 15

Warehouse, Satin Midi Slip Skirt, £29

Zara satin camisole12 of 15

Zara, Satin Camisole Top, £12.99

Sophie Hulme satin bag13 of 15

Sophie Hulme, Black Satin Nano Knot, £495

ASOS, Satin Shirt With Batwing Sleeves, £2814 of 15

ASOS, Satin Shirt With Batwing Sleeves, £28

Ganni, Printed Satin Maxi Dress, WAS £320, NOW £9615 of 15

Ganni, Printed Satin Maxi Dress, WAS £320, NOW £96

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