A few weeks ago I rounded up the best silk blouses I could find through research– and now I’ve actually tried one of them!
Full disclaimer: I got this blouse as a gift from the lovely owner of Front Room, Melanie Love. She did not give this to me for review, although she was aware of the existence of this blog at the time that she gave it to me, and it being a gift from her does not affect the honesty of this review.
This bust-friendly shirt review comes first because apparently, Front Room is closing their web storefront for the summer starting mid-June! They started a semi-annual sale for their mailing list subscribers on 5/15, and they’ll be extending it to the general public on 5/17.
Front Room, as far as I know, is unique among specifically bust-friendly clothing companies. Everything they make is not just office-appropriate, but appropriate for a very formal office. Melanie Love comes from a finance background, so she’s got experience standing uncomfortably next to men in $10,000 suits while “praying the double-sided tape on [her] shirt-front [was] going to hold until the end of the presentation.” Her clothing is designed for that environment.
Good news if you like silk: if you can pay $29, you can afford a top made of reasonable-quality silk.
But that top won’t work for everyone! Online reviews say Grana (the company that makes said $29 silk tanks) generally has a petite-friendly boxy fit, so if either of those don’t work for you, you’re likely out of luck. Also, Grana’s silk is the most affordable decent-quality silk on the market, but not the best silk at any price point.
So whose silks are the best on the market (in terms of quality, fit, ethics, and affordability)? Join me as I delve into esoteric topics that I might be the only one interested in!
I… I mean review.
When I bought my first shirt from Ureshii Design, the intention was to get a few versatile well-fitting basics to make my wardrobe more cohesive. What I ended up doing instead was entirely replacing half my wardrobe. Their clothes are so comfortable and so well-fitting that I couldn’t bring myself to wear anything else.
As I’ve gotten to know the brand, I’ve only gotten to like Ureshii Design more. The prices Emily and Amanda charge for their clothing are absurdly low for a made-to-measure service, especially one that only works with sustainable fabrics. But they do all the sewing themselves, so you can be sure no one’s getting paid unfair wages. Not only that, they do made-to-measure well: they consider measurements other companies don’t, and they use (optional!) self-submitted photographs to make sure your clothing really fits right.
They’ve got a wide range of designs, colors, fits, and fabrics. They’re constantly adding more, and they’re happy to make tweaks to their designs for you. Heck, they actually invented a design for me just because I wanted to dress like the inferior Batman. The main reason I haven’t reviewed Ureshii already is, honestly, I had no idea how to coalesce infinite fangirling and half my wardrobe into a review. This is my best effort.
I’ve struggled a lot with this review, because I feel incredibly positive about Wallis Evera but many of my reasons are intangible. Sure, Wallis Evera dresses are eco-friendly, durable, work-appropriate, ethically made, and beautiful. Sure, they have pockets. But what I really liked about Wallis Evera’s dresses, what outweighed the dry-clean-only and slightly-itchy-on-me, is that they feel natural on me instead of like I’m playing dress-up.
One of the things I feel crankiest about is that most basic clothing made today (especially women’s clothing) is flimsy, thin, and poorly stitched together, so that we’re encouraged to replace it every season or supplement it with more junk clothing. Besides being personally annoying, it has a terrible effect on the environment. So I’ve tracked down a few companies that make basic t-shirts that are way, way less likely to just fall apart on you, and way, way more likely to be comfortable for a long time.
The ‘basic, unadorned t-shirts’ part is a little reluctant, since weird asymmetrical shirts are my favorite, but I don’t expect them to be everyone’s. And I want to help!