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A wardrobe is an “edited” collection of pieces in your most becoming colors and styles, all of which fit your lifestyle and body type. If you take care of your clothing, it will last longer and look fresher. Here are some tips to assist you.
- Markdown Mania Get over it! If you wouldn’t buy it at full price, then you shouldn’t purchase it on sale. I see way too many closets with sale tags still on unworn garments.
- Size Buy pants or skirts to fit the largest part of your body and take in the garment where it may be too big.
- Be a Fit Fanatic Don’t expect a garment to fit you perfectly right off the rack. Often a simple adjustment like shortening a sleeve or tapering a skirt can make the difference between a garment looking sloppy or looking great.
- Hang It All You probably won’t wear what you cannot see. Items in drawers and boxes are easy to forget, so try to hang everything in plain sight.
- Home Dry Cleaning Dry cleaning is very costly. Try using a home dry cleaning kit like Dryel (available at Target). Put your soiled or wrinkled garments into a large plastic bag with a special moistened cleaner sheet. Tumble in the dryer for the specified period of time, remove promptly and hang. This process will also remove perfume and smoke odors.
- Shoulder Covers Dust can linger on the shoulders of jackets, blouses, dresses and rarely worn clothing. I recommend using clear shoulder covers from The Container Store. They are durable and clear, so you can see what they are covering. Each one can accommodate up to three garments.
- Always clean suit top and bottom at the same time so they continue to match.
- Button blouses and shirts; hang jackets on wooden or wishbone hangers; hang skirts and pants on clasp hangers; and fold sweaters and knits.
- Launder or dry clean seasonal clothing before storing. Store woolens and suits in garment bags; not plastic. And, when possible, store all off-season items in a separate closet.
- Keep shoes protected with frequent shining, and replace soles or heels when needed.