According to a Chinese legend, silk was discovered by an empress who was sipping her tea under a mulberry tree when a cocoon fell into her cup. The cocoon began to unravel itself and the empress admired the beauty of the shimmering threads. As the legend goes, the young royal invented the reel and loom and began to teach the ladies of her court how to weave silk fabric.

This truly natural material has been a sign of luxury ever since — and is now more accessible than ever, appearing in every form from pajamas to pillowcases. It feels amazing to wear, is biodegradable, non-toxic and even has anti-bacterial properties.

Silk is spun from the long threads which make up the inner cocoon of a silkworm. These little critters keep a raw, gluten-free, dairy-free diet which consists entirely of mulberry leaves – the product of a hardy tree that is resistant to pollution and easy to cultivate. While silk is not a good choice for vegans, for others, silk can be a very ethical, sustainable fabric, due to the fairly low environmental impact of the production process. When done well, silk manufacturing can be a harmonious and low-waste process.

Looking for some easy and elegant ways to integrate more silk into your life? Populate your wardrobe, your bedroom and your online shopping carts with these pretty picks…

button down shirt Everlane The Clean Silk Notch Shirt | This breezy button-down, made of Everlane’s eco-conscious Clean Silk, is like your favorite PJ shirt gone luxe. It has an elegant notched collar and straight hemline to keep things modern. CHECK OUT

1930 bandana scarfOzma of California 1930’s Bandana | This oversized vintage-inspired bandana scarf is made with 100% silk and is hand-printed and dyed in Los Angeles. CHECK OUT

while cami cuyanaCuyana Silk Cami | An enduring essential, this sophisticated cami from one of our favorite sustainable brands, Cuyana, is crafted from premium 25mm silk crepe de chine. It is destined for day-to-night, work-to-weekend, big city or beachside. CHECK OUT

robeHelena Quinn Robe | This luxurious robe will melt when it drapes over your skin after a long day. It’s the perfect addition to your skincare regime, bringing a bit of decadence into everyday life. Wear it for evenings at home or even out on the town paired with jeans and heels. CHECK OUT

bandana scarfManner Market The Western Bandana | This scarf is a wear-with-anything accessory. Emulating Americana style and classic denim, this design was inspired by deadstock bandanas collected throughout the 90’s in Los Angeles flea markets. CHECK OUT

washable silk pijamasLunya Washable Silk PJ set | There’s a reason why Lunya’s Washable Silk Robe is their #1 best seller — and forever a go-to for our holiday and birthday shopping lists. Light and sexy, and miraculously machine washable, this set simply irresistible. CHECK OUT 

silk pillowcaseShhh Silk Pillowcase | A silk pillowcase is a miracle tool for improving your hair and skin, as it helps prevent frizz and reduces the appearance of those little lines that appear on your face after sleeping on other kinds of cases. CHECK OUT

black silk slip dressCuyana Slip dress | This slip dress has a perfectly fluid silhouette and is cut to flatter the figure. This piece is ideal paired with minimalist heels for evening affairs, and works just as well during day with simple sandals and a crisp blazer. CHECK OUT

Want to learn more about sustainable fashion? Explore this masterful guide.

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