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In this case, seeing spots is really a good thing. Leopard print is having a great renaissance this Spring, and we love the pattern on dresses. It's surprisingly versatile: you can easily dress the look up or down. Shop through our favorite leopard print tops and skirts, and treat yourself to something new.
Few fabrics feel as luxurious as silk and you may be surprised to find out that dry cleaning may not be your only option for washing them.
The following is a guide on how to wash silk clothes.
1. Read the care label
When a fabric care label says "Dry Clean", this is the cleaning method recommended by the manufacturer, but it may not be the only method available.
Washing silk clothing by hand is often an acceptable alternative.
However, the "Dry Clean Only" should be strictly adhered to.
2. Test for color fastness
The rich colors of silk can often bleed. So test before washing: Dip a cotton swab into mild laundry detergent and water, and dab it on a hidden seam to see if any dye comes off on the swab. Bright prints or bleeding colors should be dry-cleaned.
3. Never Spot-treat Silk
Rubbing one area of silk can cause lightening in just that spot. To remove stains moderately, especially in the middle of a pattern, wash the entire garment. Dark or unsightly stains should be taken to a dry cleaner.
4. Wash silk clothes by hand in cold water
Fill a clean sink or small tub with cold water and some liquid detergent. Gently stir for three to five minutes and rinse thoroughly.
If the care label advises machine washing, choose a gentle cycle with cold water.
5. Handle with care
After rinsing, gently squeeze out excess water. Never twist or wring out silk garments, as this may damage the fabric.
6. Avoid the dryer
Lay wet silk clothing flat onto a clean, absorbent towel and roll it up in the towel to rid excess moisture. Unroll and repeat the process with a second dry towel. Lay flat on a drying rack or dry towel.
7. Use a low setting on your iron
If the care label indicates that the garment can be ironed, use a low setting on your iron. Iron while garments are still slightly damp. Hang on a padded hanger to dry. If the care label indicates otherwise, do not iron the item.
If you like the beach, you probably spend as much time in your swimsuit as your street clothes during the summer months.
Like any garment that is worn many times, the swimsuit is subject to wear and tear, but it will last much longer if cared for properly.
Unlike your normal clothes, swimsuit is immersed in water, exposed to chlorine and spends more hours in direct sunlight. Due to these harsh conditions, you must be extra careful when washing and drying.
Most swimsuits are made of spandex, which also requires more attention than a generic cotton shirt.
If you have found the perfect swimsuit that fits your curves perfectly, you don't want it to deteriorate after just one summer. Follow these easy-care tips that will keep your favorite suit going for many summers to come.
Be sure to wash your swimsuit after each use, even if it does not go into the water. "Sunscreens contain ingredients that can damage the fabric and can lead to the eventual breakdown of the material," says Marysia Reeves, designer of Marysia Swim (marysiaswim.com). To top it off, some SPFs are more detrimenntal than others, warns Lindsey J. Boyd, co-founder of The Laundress, the all-natural laundry detergent line. Mineral-based lotions and oil formulations can, over time, cause yellowing or gradual stains if swimsuits are not washed well. Another reason to be meticulous while washing your suit, particularly if you’re taking a dip in the pool? Chlorine is harsher on swimsuits than fresh and salt water and can leave bright colors especially susceptible to discoloration.
However, do not throw your swimsuit in the washing machine or use just any old detergent. For best results, wash your swimsuit by hand and use a detergent specially designed for sensitive or high spandex-content fabrics. Fabric and safely removes oils and chemicals without damaging the fine fibers. In a pinch, Boyd also swears by white vinegar because it has deodorant and antibacterial properties instead of detergents. If you are away from home and don't have detergent or vinegar readily available, Reeves recommends that you at least rinse the swimsuit in fresh water. The men's swimwear is durable enough to be machine washed as it contains less spandex.
Washing your swimsuit by hand also makes a big difference. Start by filling your sink with cold water and adding a cupful of mild detergent or white vinegar. Soak the swimsuit in the solution for up to 30 minutes, then rinse with cool water. To dry, roll your suit lightly in a clean, dry towel. Press lightly to remove excess water. Although it can be tempting, you should never wring out your swimsuit as this could damage the spandex fibers. When done, lay the suit flat to dry.
To keep your swimsuit in perfect condition, also keep in mind to avoid the following don'ts:
Don't soak a swimsuit overnight. This can loosen the fibers.
Don't allow a swimsuit to dry directly in the sun. This may cause fading.
Don't put a swimsuit in the dryer. The heat weakens the elasticity of the spandex. For this same reason, you should not wear your favorite bikini in a hot tub.
Don't hang a swimsuit on a metal bar to dry. The suspension can change the shape of the garment, while the metal bar can leave traces of rust that can not be removed.
Don’t sit on rough surfaces while wearing a swimsuit. The concrete next to the pool or wood from the lounge chairs can hook in the swimsuit material. Always lay down a towel before you sit.
Follow this brilliant formula to double your closet space immediately.
Finding out how to organize your closet can be almost as difficult as (finally) making a commitment to the task. Regardless of the size of your closet, there never seems to be room for every jacket, shirt, and pair of high heels you've collected over the years. This may indicate that it is time for a full-on closet purge, but it may also mean that you are not using all the space you have available.
Four Key Areas Every Organized Closet Should Have: A smart closet covers four key areas: hanging clothes, folded clothes, shoes and accessories. There is no uniform way to organize your space, but to determine the configuration that best suits your needs, be realistic about the size of your home and follow these guidelines.
Consider the Closet Doors
Fully-opening or folding hinged doors provide full access, while dual-hung sliding doors prevent access to the center. If every inch counts, you should consider replacing sliding doors with hinged doors or doors that open completely on a rail.
Add an Additional Clothes Rail
If the ceiling height of your closet is at least 7½ feet, there will be room for two rails (one hanging three or four feet above the other), which can maximize space. A clothes rail should be at least 42 inches above the ground so that the clothes do not drag. Position the rail at least one foot away from the back wall if possible. There should be at least 3 inches beyond the ends of your hangers.
The lower rail can hold skirts and pants; a pole at eye-level can hold dresses and tops. If you can, leave room between the clothes to breathe: If possible, at least 1/4 inch with fabrics barely grazing one another. Again, the seasonality and frequency of use can be a major factor in the delegation of space: It may be necessary to store that taffeta dress in a large clothes bag somewhere else.
Pro Tip: Make sure you measure your space accurately (to the nearest sixteenth of an inch) before buying bars, racks, or other material.
Make the Most of your Shelves
Make room for shelves in your closet, which are indispensable for storing sweaters and delicate fabrics (or garments that will deform on a hanger), accessories (bags, purses), storage boxes, and shoes. The shelves should be open and no deeper than 14 inches, so you never have to dig through a pile to find what you are looking for. When it comes to material, wooden shelves are sturdy and elegant, while metal and plastic-coated wires are durable, but can potentially "rib" clothing. The acids in wooden shelves, especially cedar, can damage fabrics, so line them with shelf paper. Don't have the budget for expensive shelving? Consider adding a few affordable hanging shelves instead.
Don’t Forget the Drawers
Whether mounted to the closet wall or part of a chest in the closet, the drawers help you organize small items such as underwear and accessories. If the drawer installation is too expensive or too complicated, substitute with baskets placed on shelves.
With these mini moves, your clothes washer can run for many years.
1. Leave the lid open between uses. Air-drying slows the growth of mildew growth.
2. Pop in a chlorine-free washer cleaner once a month to remove any debris that causes a bad odor. Run the machine empty on a hot cycle.
3. Make sure your washer is level. Otherwise, vibrations can damage the floor and prematurely wear out key components, like the shock absorbers and the tub bearings. (There is also that terrible noise.) Place a level on top of the machine and adjust the feet, which are usually screwed up and down. If this does not help, reinforce the floor with a 3/4-inch-thick plywood, slightly larger than the base of the machine, to absorb vibrations.
4. Washers are usually supplied with black rubber hoses that may blister and tear over time, causing a flood. Replace them with sturdier stainless-steel ones, even if they look nice. “I tell everyone to do this because the steel ones will live as long as the washing machine, but rubber hoses typically last only two or three years," says Chris Hall, the president of RepairClinic.com. “All you need is a pair of pliers.”
Believe it or not, suit pants and pencil skirts are not your only options for professional workwear. Consider jeans — we know you already do. We know you eye them every morning, wishing you could get away with wearing jeans to work. The good news is that you can do it (just a few styling tips). Continue reading to learn how to wear denim to the office without getting a raised brow from your boss.
Pay attention to the cut: If your workplace is conservative, opt for a dark wash that is not distressed. Change your weekend skinnies to a trouser style that mimics the polished wide-leg pants.
Top it off: Sure, one button-down is enough, but a graphic blouse with statement sleeves will win more fashion points (without getting the side-eye from HR).
Step down: You don't need heels when you have fabulous flats. Go for a subtle touch of color (the navy always wins) and pretty touches, such as ribbon ties.
Treat your clothes and accessories with care and they will keep you looking amazing for years to come. Here we explain how you can take care of your favorite pieces.
Do not hang them, they will stretch and lose their shape. Fold the sweaters instead.
Wash them by hand several times a season (instead of after each wear). Use a mild soap. Dry the sweater by wrapping the in in a towel and pressing lightly. Allow to air-dry on a level surface. Direct heat and agitation are the enemy.
Do not store off-season shoes in plastic containers that trap moisture and weaken the leather. Stay with breathable shoe boxes or a shoe rack that is out-of-the-way.
Make polishing a habit. Clean them first, as shoe polish can seal in dirt. Daily maintenance - for example, a quick swipe with a cloth to remove dirt and dust - can significantly extend the life of your leather.
Do not bleach your dirty white shoelaces as it can weaken the fibers and cause breakage. Instead, soak the laces in warm water with a general-purpose bleach solution.
Treat the insoles with a deodorant and use a manual spray to remove stinking bacteria. For dirty mesh, scrub with a soft-bristled toothbrush dipped in a cup of warm, soapy water.
Don't fear the washing machine. Cotton and linen are incredibly durable fibers and stains are best avoided by thorough cleaning.
Pre-treat sweat stains with a specialty soap or a paste of baking soda and water; let it sit on the discoloration for 30 minutes before washing.
Don't just throw them in a drawer. The cups will keep their shape best if stacked in a row, as you see it in lingerie stores, or hang them in your closet.
Wash them three to four times by hand or in a mesh bag with a detergent designed for delicate items. Air-dry instead of using the dryer, which can destroy the stretch of the bra.
Cheap out when you purchase. First, consider the opacity: The more transparent the tights, the more brittle the material. Note the denier (weight unit to determine tights' thickness). An 80-denier knit, for example, will probably be much more durable than a pair of 35-deniers, which is more transparent and may be more susceptible to runs. Look for a sheerness-price combination that offers optimal durability at an acceptable cost. Size up if you’re at the higher end of the range to prevent stretching.
Give tights the same care as you give your bras: Wash them by hand or use a mesh bag in the washing machine, choose a detergent for delicate products, and skip the dryer.
Boatneck: Ideal for offsetting wide hips, but can make broad shoulders look broader.
Cowl-neck: Adds dimension to a small chest but may magically downplay the well-endowed.
Crew neck: A classic, but it can highlight a large bust, a short neck, or a double chin.
Scoop neck: Beautifully shows the collarbone and extends a short or thick neck. The curvy neckline, however, emphasizes a round, full face. Those with broad shoulders should avoid a wide scoop.
V-neck: Universally flattering, but keep the cut in mind: A very high V can give the impression that a large bust is saggy, while a plunging V can be too revealing. A wide V compensates for the pear shapes.
The useful life of a T-shirt is probably not as long as you think it is ― or wish it were. Once a tee has crossed one, maybe two, summers, it's ready for under-sweater-only status. However, a few simple tricks will help you keep it as white and shapely as possible.
Most T-shirt manufacturers recommend washing in cold water. However, according to Jane Rising, a manager at the International Fabricare Institute, laundry detergents work best when the water temperature is high. So if you dare to question the label: Wash it with warm water; hot water can cause shrinkage. Use the permanent-press cycle to dry.
Use a fabric softener to prevent wrinkles, and remove clothes as soon as the dryer shuts off.
To keep whites whiter, do not overload the washing machine. Only put white ― prints or pastels.
To restore original whiteness, try a blue agent that neutralizes yellowing.
Are your jewelries tarnished? With this simple primer, you can make sure all that is gold glitters again.
How to clean
Jewelry experts swear that this homemade combination works just as well as chemical cleaners: In a large bowl, mix 2 parts of dish soap and 10 parts of warm water. Soak the jewelry for 3 hours, then lightly scrub them with a soft, clean toothbrush. (This method is also safe for any pieces with diamonds.) Rinse in warm water. Thoroughly dry with a microfibre cloth and then polish with a jewelry cloth (available from most jewelers). Repeat as often as needed. You can not clean gold too much.
How to maintain
Ideally, you should take gold pieces to a jeweler every year to check for loose parts. And while you are there, get them steamed and buffed until they are super shiny.
How to store
Your jewelry should be the last thing you wear in the morning and the first thing you take off at night. This way, your necklace will not get spritzed with perfume and your earrings will not get stuck in your clothes. To avoid scratches and tangles, separate pieces on velvet-lined trays, in compartment boxes, or in small plastic bags with zippers.
3 common problems - Solved
1. A knotted chain: First you undo the clasp. Then apply olive oil to the knot and lay the chain on a flat surface. Using two pins, set to work untangling the knot. Then clean the chain using the method described above. 2. A broken Chain: Take it to a specialist who will weld the parts and add more gold if needed. The price depends on the complexity. 3. Scratches: Cleaning and polishing with a jewelry cloth reduces the appearance of scratches. To eliminate a deep mark, look for a professional.