Summertime fashions, particularly for women, often include embroidered camisoles, frilly peasant tops, lacy blouses, dainty sundresses, crocheted cover-ups, stringy tank tops, and other fragile garments. Warm and breezy summer days and nights call for such fun fashions. Still, these delicate garments may require a bit of extra care to keep them spotless and intact.
Smart shoppers can save plenty by caring properly for these special fashion investments, ensuring such favorites will remain wearable year after year. Try these seven tips for gentle maintenance of fragile summer fashions. Although these instructions are aimed at delicate summer dresses and blouses, the same principles apply to dainty hosiery, lingerie, skirts, sleepwear and many other fragile fashion items.
1. Wear delicate fashions carefully.
Dress gently. Unfasten and unbutton fragile blouses and tops to put them on and take them off. These items may tear quite easily, so extra care is needed during dressing and wearing. Be especially careful with zippers, snaps, lacings, and other fasteners.
Delicate fashions ought to be worn gently as well, rather than for athletic or strenuous activities. This may be particularly true with dainty vintage garments.
2. Keep fragile fashions clean and in good repair.
Delicate fabrics and ornamentation can break down easily, even with unapparent soiling. It is essential to keep fragile fashions as clean as possible. Using non-staining antiperspirants and avoiding cosmetic staining can help a lot.
Mending rips, tears, or snags promptly and carefully can help to extend the lives of dainty garments.
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3. Read and heed fabric care labels.
Most modern-day ready-made garments contain fashion care labels. Usually, such a tag may be sewn into an internal seam of a blouse, top, dress, or other apparel item. Read the instructions carefully to determine how to care for a delicate summer garment. Does the manufacturer recommend dry cleaning, hand washing, or machine washing on a delicate setting?
4. Consider dry cleaning delicate summer fashions.
If a special summer garment contains a fabric care label calling for dry cleaning only, then this is what must be done. One of the benefits of professional dry cleaning is that many cleaners will assume responsibility for the results of the cleaning process. However, some cleaners will not guarantee the safety of delicate garments. Check the policies of any dry cleaner before submitting your treasured delicate summer tops for dry cleaning.
5. Be careful with hand washing.
Hand washing is often the safest method of cleaning delicate summer tops. Each item must be washed individually, using a gentle hand-washing soap, such as Woolite. Keep in mind that colors may run, particularly in warm water. It’s best to try cleaning a sample first, such as a portion of an inner seam of the garment.
After washing, you can gently squeeze excess water out of your delicate summer garment. Do not twist or wring the fabric. Then lay your apparel flat on a clean, dry towel or a flat drying screen.
6. Set machine wash cycles to delicate, if permitted.
Some delicate summer tops may be washed in an automatic washing machine. However, these items must be cleaned individually to avoid tangling and tearing. Be sure to set the controls on the automatic washing machine for the most delicate and gentle setting possible.
It is never a good idea to machine-dry delicate summer fashions, even if the garments’ fabric care labels suggest it. These items may easily shrink, tear or otherwise become damaged. Drying delicate summer tops on a flat drying screen or even a snag-free drying rack is far safer. Be sure all items are fully dried before placing them on coat hangers.
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7. Store fragile summer fashions strategically.
Padded cloth hangers are the ideal choice for such special items, although smooth plastic hangers may also be used. Wire coat hangers may rust or even snag delicate textiles. Tuck special delicate garments away in a dry, storage spot, where they may hang unbothered for future use. If garments must be folded for storage, try padding them with clean white gift wrapping tissue paper to prevent deep creasing.
By caring thoughtfully for your delicate summer garments, you may ensure these favorite seasonal fashions will last for many summers to come.