A flattering, straightforward silhouette in a very special fabric makes for a foolproof dress-it-up-or-don’t-dress. It’s made up in an intricate guipure lace from Spain (which creates a natural, floral scalloping along the hem) and finished with subtly puffed, unlined bracelet sleeves.
We often hear a little trepidation in the shops around polyester, but let us set the record straight: not all synthetics are created equal. Fast-fashion polyester does not go through the same careful refinement process as the fibers used here — this charmeuse is woven in Italy and requires a finer micropoly yarn with an even smaller diameter than natural silk yarns. This gives the finished product a soft, graceful drape and a lustrous finish. And polyester has a few unique advantages: for starters, it’s machine-washable and super quick to dry. It has excellent color retention, so it takes dye beautifully and won’t fade with washing, wear, or sun exposure. It’s naturally resilient and abrasion-resistant (read: keeps its shape and doesn’t pill). And it has low absorbency, so it resists water-based stains and dries quickly… good news for anyone who’s fallen victim to a cocktail party spill or gotten caught in a spring rainstorm. In short: give polyester a chance.