As bloggers and fashion lovers we spend time browsing, lusting after and not to mention our hard earned cash on some pretty fab pieces. I'm all for taking care of what you've got - if you love it why not? So this begins a new series of offering solutions to some common fashion dilemma's. I'll be sharing some of my favorite tips for taking care of your favorite pieces. Since it's January and many of us are rocking the daylights out of some sweaters at the moment let's start there.
Caring for Sweaters:
- Always fold, never hang.
- Remove pills frequently. Pilling (those tiny lint balls permanently attached to elbows, armpits, hip area) are caused by friction. Remove with special tools like a lint shaver, sweater comb or even your fingers. This is the single most issue that makes sweaters appear old.
- Repair holes quickly. This is important so the holes don't "grow". The beauty of many sweaters is that the texture somewhat absorbs any repairs anyway!
- Hand wash. Regardless of the instructions (unless Dry Clean Only) I hand wash all of my sweaters using Woolite in cool water. This helps them retain shape and cuts down on pilling (less friction!). Additionally, don't wring them out, simply squeeze and roll in a bath towel to absorb more moisture. Lie flat to dry on a ventilated drying rack.
- Avoid 100% acrylic or high acrylic blends. Though technology is much better than it used to be, I still find acrylic to be one of the worst culprits for pilling.
- Allow deodorant, lotions and perfumes to absorb completely before putting on your favorite cozy.
- Avoid moth attacks with cedar blocks or moth balls (be ready to re-wash after removing from storage though - pee-yew!)