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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Everything You Need To Know About Dry Cleaning Your Suits

everything you need to know about drycleaning women's suitsHow often should you dry clean your suits? Is dry cleaning bad for suits, and something to be avoided?

If you had asked me before last Thursday’s post on whether you can create a black suit from different black pieces, I would have said that we had absolutely, totally talked about this before on the blog, at least once or twice.  (At least in our Guide to Interview Suits, right?) But going through the archives, I couldn’t find any post really on point.  Since I do think these are important basics — particularly since it’s the end of the season and many readers are likely considering what to do with their winter suits — let’s talk about it today.

Here are a few simple propositions:

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How to Deal with Deodorant Marks on Suiting

deodorant-marks-on-clothesHow do you deal with deodorant marks on your nice work clothes?  Reader A has a great question:

My question is about sleeveless dry clean shift dresses underneath suits. I don’t dry clean mine every time I wear them, and I notice pretty significant deodorant marks on the bottom of the armhole. Is there any way to prevent this? Or a good way to remove after the fact?

I’m excited to see what the readers say here.  Personally I’ve always preferred to wear something with sleeves beneath suits, in part because it “protects” the suit from your deodorant and sweat, and in part because it’s much easier to toss a t-shirt or blouse in the wash than it is to take it to the drycleaner.  (Remember, ladies: frequent drycleaning is bad for your clothes.)  You could always look into a different deodorant (we’ve actually talked about the best deodorants for women — I’m curious if anyone has any new favorites?) or a “dress shield,” which you could tuck into your dress.  Failing that, I think I might try a deodorant sponge, such as the one above (Hollywood Fashion Secrets Deodorant Removing Sponge, available at Amazon for $5.97, or Miss Oops Rescue Sponge, available at Amazon for $12), to try to remove the deodorant stains.

Ladies, how do you remove deodorant marks on suiting and other nice fabrics?  Have you found a better way to prevent them?

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