Machine-Washable Blazers

Majestic Linen & Silk Blazer | CorporetteWashable blazers: are they worth buying to avoid making frequent trips to the dry cleaner?  How can you keep your non-washable blazers fresh and clean?

Reader S wonders:

Would you please consider doing a piece on washable blazers? (The goal is to avoid dry cleaning costs). Thanks.

We’ve talked about how to cool down quickly, whether short-sleeved suits are appropriate, and the best washable trousers — but not this.  I’m really curious to hear what the readers say here, because for my $.02, I would not spend time or money looking for blazers that are machine washable.  You may occasionally FIND a great blazer that is machine washable, but IMHO, I’d say you’re doing something wrong if you NEED a blazer that is machine washable. (Pictured: Majestic Linen & Silk Blazer, $305 at Nordstrom.)

Some thoughts:

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Bra Care: How Often, and How, To Wash Your Bras

How often do you wash your bras — and how do you care for them? Which bras are best for under work clothes? Reader C wonders:

Could you please do a post on best bras for under work clothes, and also on how often one ought to be replacing bras? I have switched to (what I thought, at least) were high quality bras from Natori (size 32D), which I really like and also take moderately good care of (handwashing only; hang to dry; washing every 1-2 wears; rotating every day among 7-10 total bras). But they still only last about 1 year. Is this the normal lifespan? Or is there something I’m doing wrong in my purchasing and/or care? Many thanks!

We haven’t talked about this in a few years (here: a few of my favorite t-shirt bras, a poll on readers’ favorite lingerie brands), and we’ve never talked directly about how to wash your bras — so let’s discuss. (Pictured: Nothin’, as per previous reader requests on our lingerie discussions…)

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Coffee Break: Slimline Over-the-door drying rack

Quirky SlimlineI always enjoy clever little gadgets, and I’ve now made a few purchases from Quirky (where a blend of community members, inventors and product influencers bring new products to market; the Crunchbase profile is an interesting read). My latest obsession: this Slimline drying rack. Yes, a drying rack. If you’re like me and airdry your lingerie, tights, workout wear (really, anything with Spandex is going to last a lot longer if you keep it out of the dryer), you may feel like your house or apartment is constantly a battle ground for half-dry clothes. So I was excited to see this drying rack, which goes over a regular door, and can fold flush with the door (or be removed very easily).  I ordered two, ostensibly to give one to my mother the next time I see her — and honestly we like them so much here at Casa Griffin that I may keep both.  (Sorry, Mom!) They aren’t huge things — they’re ideal for a space to dry a sweater or two; I think I’ve draped 3 pairs of workout pants over it at once as well — but the alternatives, such as huge drying racks, pop-up sweater dryers, or ye old shower rod. They’re $34.95 each at Quirky.  Quirky Slimline Over-the-door drying rack


(Update: I was chatting with my husband about this post (fine, full disclosure: I couldn’t remember the word for “shower rod”) and he said, wait, you’re writing about our new drying racks? Which I just used? And are awesome and I love them?”  High praise, ladies; high praise indeed.)

Which Fabrics Dry-Clean the Best

Which Fabrics Dry Clean the Best? | CorporetteWhich fabrics dry clean the best? Are there any to AVOID at all costs because they don’t launder well? Reader A wonders:

I noticed that some of my dry clean only clothes seem fine to wear for a few times without dry cleaning and others look (or even small) bad after wearing them once so I feel I need to take them to the dry cleaners. What can I look for before I buy something to know if I’ll be able to wear it a few times between dry cleanings? Any fabrics, colors, cuts or brands that help with this?

Great question, and I’m curious to see what readers have to say.   We’ve talked a lot about laundry (and I still like our guide to drycleaning suits), but we haven’t talked about this particular question. For my $.02:

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How to Reduce Static Cling

How to Get Rid of Static Cling | CorporetteHow do you reduce static cling in pants and skirts?  Reader K wonders…

Wondering how to deal with unlined pants & trouser socks (or long underwear, for that matter) such that the pants don’t get all bunchy and sticky, especially for wider-leg trousers. Are you just going to have to resign to have a certain amount of clinginess to your lower legs if you’re wearing trouser socks, or are some silkier than others/are there other products out there that function the same as a slip? Static is one issue, but fabric on fabric is what seems to be causing me the most trouble.

Wow — I had no idea before I looked into this a bit how many interesting techniques are out there.  For starters, I will say that I haven’t had this problem too much in the winter, perhaps because I’ve often worn silk long johns beneath unlined wool pants (with trouser socks, if any, below those) — in these nasty days I have to sing their praises again; they’re super warm when you’re outside but not noticeable at all when you’re inside.  (I also often tend to wear boots in the winter with pants, and generally switch from trouser socks to regular (often silly) socks such as those from HotSox and HappySocks.)

A few tips from the interwebs:

Readers, do you have problems with static cling in the winter?  How do you handle?

Pictured: Yarn Cake Static Cling, originally uploaded to Flickr by cakersandco.


Shoe Care for Women

shoe care for womenI’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: shoe care and upkeep is very important when it comes to your appearance and general presentation, for both women and men.  Yet why is there so much more information directed at men?  Today I’ve brought in The Fine Young Gentleman to give us a few tips on shoe care — welcome, FYG!  While pondering these tips, you may also want to check out The Corporette Guide to Comfortable Heels and the Newbie’s Guide to Buying Designer Shoes. – Kat

Care for men’s and women’s shoes (including high heels) is not that different.  Which is why you have a guy menswear blogger talking about the subject.  Don’t believe me?  Think about it like this; both men’s and women’s shoes are made primarily from some menagerie of leather, cotton, rubber, and plastic.  They are even made using some of the same techniques and methods.  And they are worn the same way by both sexes; that is, they are used, abused and often neglected.  The unfortunate, and inevitable, result of such negligence is that the shoes expire well before they should.  No doubt resulting in varying levels of emotional and monetary harm.  Yes, as a guy, I also hate it when I have to throw out my favorite pair of shoes because they are no longer wearable; weird, right?  No, in fact, few things cause me more anguish when it comes to my wardrobe.  But, fear not, there are ways to properly procrastinate the inevitable.

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