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2014 Fashion Trends for Pants

fashionPantsCigarette pants.  Sailor trousers.  Capris.

Ever since it became socially acceptable for women to wear slacks, they have become an integral part of everyone’s wardrobe.  This year, there is a wide array of fashionable styles to choose from, from cigarette pants to high waisted and wide legged trousers, but the style is only part of the fashion equation. The right fit and selecting the right length is equally important.  Mostly, length depends on the style of pants you’ve chosen to wear, and here are a few tips we gleaned from the Fashion Week runways.

1. Cigarette pants should NOT touch the shoe.  The ideal length is around the ankle – above, top, mid or bottom depending on your personal taste.

2. High-waisted and wide legged pants, which will be very popular in 2014, should almost fully cover the shoe heel and have at LEAST a full break (if not more) in the front.

3.  Capris should be worn with a shoe that has a bit of a heel, and the pants themselves should be tapered.  The ‘right’ length depends on the shape and length of your calf. Remember, capris will always make you appear shorter than you are.


Tips for Dads (& Moms) Who Golf

GolfFor the golfers among us, there is nothing that compares with a beautiful sunny day spent on the golf course.  It’s the perfect opportunity to let the sun rejuvenate us, get a bit of a tan and put the worries of the world out of mind while we focus on the game.

The bad news is while the sun is doing wonders for your state of mind; it is also bleaching the color from your favorite golf shirt. This is especially true in the shoulder area and above the waist. (Just think about all that time you spend hunched over your ball getting ready to take your swing.)

And that’s not the only problem created by Mother Nature.  Tree sap (which will undoubtedly find its way onto your clothes when you find yourself in the rough) turns acidic with time, and the resulting chemical reaction also pulls color.

Salts from your perspiration and deodorants will also affect the dyes, sometimes turning them an ‘orange’ hue. 

That’s why it’s important to professionally clean or launder these garments quickly to remove the offending acids and chlorides.  While fast action is no guarantee, it is the best chance your shirt has!

Ironically, these color loss problems don’t usually manifest themselves until after the shirt has been washed/processed.  So while it might look ‘okay’ to you before hand, the invisible damage that was done shows itself after the fabric has been exposed to heat in the washing or drying process.

Wedding Gown Preservation Tips

Once the wedding is over, there are few tangible reminders.  The food and drink were consumed, the flowers have died, the music has stopped playing… all these things that the bride anguished over are just sweet memories.

But there are a couple of things that provide a concrete reminder of the day: the photographs and the wedding gown!

WeddingTaking the time to preserve that wedding gown means it will remain a tangible reminder of the day for many years to come.

Perhaps another generation or two of brides will even wear it!

According to textile and costume conservation specialists, the first step in proper preservation is beginning with a CLEAN item.  You should never store anything that has been worn or is stained, unless you clean it first.  The next preservation step includes protection from: light, (which means never put the gown in a box that has a see-through plastic window), dust and insects, fluctuations in temperature and humidity, storage in plastic, and remember always professional cleaning before storage (this is especially true if the dress in question is silk)!

The storage box should be big enough to accommodate the dress with a minimum of folds, and archival (acid free) quality tissue and box should be used.  Any cardboard  (box, bust forms, etc. should be lignin-free, so that the item isn’t vulnerable to oxidation and turn yellow with age.

Never store your boxed dress in an attic or basement.  The heat and humidity will eventually cause irreparable harm.

If you want to know more about the proper handling or storage of wedding gowns or other potential family heirlooms – feel free to ask us.  We’re here to serve and share.

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