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Not sure what to wear in the in-between weather? A silk shirt is your transitional saviour

A silk shirt is a perennial wardrobe staple and, if it doesn't already, here on the Telegraph Fashion desk we believe that you should have a few in your sartorial arsenal whatever the time of year.

A silk shirt is a perennial wardrobe staple and, if it doesn't already, here on the Telegraph Fashion desk we believe that you should have a few in your sartorial arsenal whatever the time of year.

Why? A silk shirt is flattering, comfortable and chic-but-not-shouty. It emanates a certain insouciance, while still allowing the wearer to look polished, which is perhaps the result of the merging of a traditionally masculine garment with a traditionally feminine fabric. It's no wonder, therefore, that the silk shirt is reinvented by everyone from Gucci, to Miu Miu, to Victoria Beckham season after season. 

Here's why we think a silk shirt is your transitional saviour...

They automatically grant you a polished edge

If you resort to jeans, a knitted skirt or jersey trousers at every chance you get, a silk shirt will prove invaluable when it comes to sprucing up your favourite pieces. Thought denim was out of the question for a drinks party? A printed silk shirt will take your jeans from mooching around on the weekend, to evening shindig as quick as you can say Asceno. 

In a similar vein, if you've previously ruled out slightly slouchy, elastic-waist trousers for work, the addition of a silk shirt and a block heel might make you reconsider. 

Olivia Palermo's ivory silk shirt could just as soon be paired with jeans as it could this yellow skirtCredit:getty

They're less sensible than their starchy counterparts

There's a time and a place for a cotton shirt, be it a white, striped or colourful variation, and these too are handy things to have in your wardrobe. We're also not denying they have their own allure, particularly when layered underneath a wide leg suit and teamed with a pair of heels. But a crisp white shirt adheres to a different kind of aesthetic, and there's no denying a silk alternative is both more playful and, arguably, sexier too. Ergo, the perfect piece to wear to a dinner party or on a first date. 

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Asceno's silk pyjama shirts are too lovely to wear solely at home 

They lend themselves very well to being layered

A silk shirt really comes into its own during the transitional period between late summer and early autumn: when you have had to reluctantly stow away you folksy blouses but are not quite ready to wheel out your winter coat. 

A silk shirt looks equally as fabulous peeping out from under a suede or leather jacket as it does a lightweight trench or oversize blazer, making it ideal for inbetween months. 

Isabelle Huppert dresses her denim up at Cannes with a silk shirtCredit:Film Magic

...but also look good on their own

Should we experience an Indian summer or even just the odd balmy day, the good news is a silk shirt looks very good worn on its own, and is an excellent option for times when a T-shirt will no longer do, but a bomber jacket leaves leaves you overheating on the tube. 

A slightly oversize pyjama style shirt in silk or a silk-mix, paired with tailored trousers, loafers, a cross-body bag and some XL earrings will be an outfit you can safely waft around in, soaking up the last of sun's rays. 

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Marina London's longline silk shirts look fabulous when paired with co-ordinating trousers 

They truly bridge the work-evening-weekend divide 

While fashion editors like to talk about pieces that are versatile enough to see you through all manner of occasions, whether it a swanky drinks party, a birthday in the countryside, or the school run, few items do so as seamlessly as a silk shirt. 

Pair yours with a silk skirt and you have a combo that teeters on the verge of high-octane glamour. Pair it with jeans and sneakers and you wouldn't look out of place in Waitrose. Not only does this mean a silk shirt is a more-than-worthy investment, but it will also provide the answer to many a dressing dilemma.

5 of the best silk shirts to buy now

Frame printed silk shirt, £295, Net-a-porter

Silk shirt, £59.99, H&M

Navy stripe silk pyjama top, £160, Asceno

Blake silk shirt, £134, Marina London

Diane Von Furstenberg callow-print silk-crepe shirt, £248, Matchesfashion.com

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