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Dry cleaner tips, part 3.

Good Housekeeping advises in tip #7, “consider the price of maintaining clothes when you buy.” Dry cleaning extends the life of a garment and costs less than a trip to Starbucks. #8 Stop over-drying your laundry. The heat causes fading, shrinkage and fabric wear. #9. Keep your good clothes in the dark – light will discolor the fabric.  #10 Check your pockets for before bring cleaning, you’d be surprised how many pens, lipsticks and markers we find.

Dry cleaner tips, part 2.

You’d be surprised at what crosses our counter. Tip #4 from Good Housekeeping: watch out for jewelry, watches and pocketbooks rubbing against clothes and creating hard-to-fix damage. #5 Recycle our plastic wrap, immediately. Plastic bags are not intended for garment storage and can trap moisture, leading to mildew and discoloring.  #6. No wire hangers in the closet. They’re only for transporting your cleanin

Dry cleaner tips, part 1

Good Housekeeping offers ten tips to add life to your good clothing. #1. Hand the stains to the professional before your scrub, squeeze a lemon or bleach your way to a failure, #2. Inspect your clothes after wearing. Spills and drips will soak in, set up and oxidize without prompt action. #3. Avoid applying perfume, deodorant, body lotion or even sunscreen after dressing. The chemicals can pull color out of the fabric, just like perspiration.

Smart shirt buying.

The right shirt adds confidence, style and comfort. Five tips to help get the best shirt: know your neck, arm, chest and waist size for proper fit — not too baggy or tight. Look for subtle features like pleats, fit and finish. Spread, cutaway or club, choose a collar that goes with your suits, neck and face shape. Leave room for an index finger between skin and fabric. Pick a fabric that’s comfortable for the season, from twill to oxford. Avoid no-iron and polyster fabrics that trap heat and look cheap. And don’t be afraid of a little color beyond white and light blue. Plaid or gingham, pattern or pastel, liven up your wardrobe with the right shirt,

The bride’s bustle.

If your wedding dress has a train, you need a bustle — or you’ll be tripping over fabric instead of the light fantastic.  Brides Magazine offers expert advice on bustle styles. The American bustle, aka the Ballroom or Over bustle, uses waistline hooks to lift the train. The elaborate Austrian gathers fabric vertically with ribbons sewn through the gown’s back seam. The French bustle picks up the train and tucks it under the silhouette. Our alterations department can help choose, adjust and fine-tune the best bustle for you.