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Layer, layer, layer.

It’s not only the look for winter; it’s an easy way to get a fresh look from clothes you already own. Must have #1: skinny jeans in black or dark blue. #2 is a baby-soft cashmere sweater. The complete list, according to Glamour Fashion, is at http://goo.gl/EXA0uV

Collars and cuffs.

Time to take your business wear out of the closet for a bright-light inspection for signs of wear on collars, cuffs and pockets. Take a good look at the elbows, too.  Shirts, sweaters and jackets take a beating at the elbow, even if you’re not a professional arm wrestler. Mark trouble spots with masking tape and bring everything to us — we can patch, mend and reinforce, remove stubborn stains and get your business clothes ready to make an even better impression.

Cashmere deluxe.

While still a splurge, cashmere’s more affordable than ever. But it’s still an investment worth protecting. Wait for deodorant to dry before putting on your sweater or it can build up and create a stain. Don’t wear the same garment more than once a week. Remove wrinkles by ironing on low, inside out. And please, clean your cashmere before storing (folded in tissue) to avoid moth damage.

Silk scarves.

Silk scarves are always in style, and proper care will add years of life and wear. There’s nothing as luxurious as silk, or as delicate to clean. You can hand wash and press at home, but the experts recommend dry cleaning to avoid color loss, fabric damage or dye transfer, especially for crinkled (plissé) or brocades. To get the most from your investment, avoid bright sunlight – it will fade your scarf. Keep your makeup and perfume on your skin, not on your scarf. Always allow a scarf recovery time between wearings.

The big brush off

No doubt, your valet or lady’s maid thoroughly brushes and airs your clothing after every wear. What to do without a staff? Brush your good clothes before putting them back in the closet. Brushing removes dust, grime and surface soil before it can penetrate. Use short, quick strokes against the grain, then finish with long smooth strokes in the opposite direction. Airing gives the garment a chance to recover before squeezing back onto the closet rod. A bonus benefit, you’ll be able to spot stains, tears or damage that need cleaning or repair.