Not Silk But Kinda Like It: Satin Loungewear for Everyday
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Not Silk But Kinda Like It: Satin Loungewear for Everyday

Y'all know how I feel regarding making a clear distinction between silk and satin, but just in case you haven't seen me talk about it, let me screenshot a tweet.



That said, I understand why a lot of folks conflate the two. Even retailers and brands (who really should know better) often use silk and satin interchangeably. Unfortunately, this folly can result in misplaced expectations.

Alas, it is the truth that when you see something exceptionally inexpensive (say, under $50) that professes to be silk, it probably isn't.  I don't want to say anything with 100% certainty, but it is likely - very likely - that the item is in fact polyester satin. And that's fine! There's nothing wrong with not-silk satin. In fact, one of the perks of artificial fibers is that they're comparatively easy to care for. You can just pop polyester into the washing machine (cold cycle only, please), and then it's good to wear again! Easy peasy.

I love all brands in this article for offering loungewear options that are washable, easy to wear, almost always less expensive than real silk, and easy to care for. Most importantly, they still feel lovely against the skin (if you've read my book, you know I'm talking about the "hand" of the fabric right now).

Every piece listed here is under $100 (in fact all of them are under $80), and several are on sale. While the items have been selected for not being silk (and, in one case, being a silk/poly blend), you'll always want to check the care instructions for yourself. If there are any doubts at all, handwash. Also, since lingerie doesn't have an expiration date, who if something from last season is on sale?

Hope you enjoy my picks! And, as always, if there's a company you feel we should know about, please include them in the comments!


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Cora Harrington

Founder and Editor in Chief of The Lingerie Addict. Author of In Intimate Detail: How to Choose, Wear, and Love Lingerie. I believe lingerie is fashion too, and that everyone who wants it deserves gorgeous lingerie.

3 Comments on this post

  1. dreamsr says:

    Thanks for this!

    Can you take it one step further and always mention fiber content in your reviews, please?

    Looking at lingerie online, I think sellers make it even harder to find the fiber content than other clothing retailers do. To me, satin is not the same as satin. I understand that polyester satin is as smooth and silky feeling as satin from silk, but I don’t like to wear it. Polyester, even in this configuration (though not in some athletic fabrics), makes me break out in a sweat. Just tiny little beads of sweat, but very uncomfortable. Silk, of course, is an amazing temperature regulator, warm in cool weather and cool in the heat. I’m not saying anything you don’t know, just griping and being glad for the virtual commiseration in the article.

  2. Cecile says:

    I’m so sad Kilo Brava doesn’t ship in Europe :( that slip is a beauty!

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