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Linen, the summer classic.

Linen’s looser weave allows air flow and circulation. Absorbent and conductive, linen wicks moisture back into the air and naturally feels cooler. The wrinkled, rumpled look of linen is a side effect of the flax fiber’s inherent structure, considered by some to be a sign of comfortable elegance. Linen’s long-lasting quality costs a bit more, and takes a little more care but linen can be a summer pleasure. We clean and finish linen garments to your specification, from crisp to relaxed.

Avoidable summer stains.

Sweat happens. Temperature, humidity, stress or activity can trigger perspiration, it’s natural. But stains aren’t. Moisture combined with deodorant can create hard-to-remove yellowing or white residue. Too much product is often the culprit – apply one thin layer and allow it to completely dry. A little is enough to do the job. Old-fashioned dress shields contain perspiration and protect your garment. Men’s cotton undershirts absorb dampness. When a stain does happen, bring the garment to us for professional stain removal. Our experts use specialized products and techniques, specific for fabric type and finish.

Flattering the bride, part 3.

In “Choose the Perfect Wedding Dress for Every Body Type,” Real Simple offers advice for brides of every shape, from pears and apples to busty and plus-size. Talls should wear a simple silhouette, petites look for trumpet, sheath and high waisted A-line. Using the design of your gown to accentuate your figure is made really simple in this 8-part bridal guide. Don’t forget to take full advantage of the bridal services we offer, from alterations to last-minute pre-ceremony fixups. After the I dos, we’ll clean and archive-pack your gown.

Flattering the bride, part 2.

An apple-shaped figure will look best in a dress that cinches in at the smallest point of the waistline, then flares out in a gradual A shape. Choose a bodice with lots of texture — ruche or lace detailing — that will camouflage and fit snugly, creating a corset effect. The most slenderizing neckline, a deep V, will draw eyes towards the vertical. Real Simple suggests avoiding trumpet-shaped gowns that emphasize wideness. Our bridal department is ready to help before and after the wedding to make sure you and your party look the very best.

Flattering the bride, part 1.

Choosing the right gown for a pear-shaped figure starts with a skirt that gradually flares out from the natural waist to the floor, highlighting the narrowness of the midsection and floating away from the hips and thighs. Real Simple advises sturdier fabrics that won’t cling like duchesse satin or taffeta. Showcase a thinner upper body with a spaghetti-strap bodice or V-neckline.  Add the finishing finesse of our alterations experts for a perfect fit for your special day.