Hey, ladies! Since Ashley was jet setting this past weekend, I’ve decided to hijack this blog entirely. If you’ve read this blog before, you may have noticed my name way down there at the bottom. If not, formal introductions! My name is Kristy, and in addition to being one of Ashley’s cousins, I fully admit my closet and bathroom are full Ashley’s Chic Boutique goodies!
My one shot at Aunt Val's job! (And trying on fun hair colors!)
I’m a mom of an amazing three-year-old daughter, a full-time high school English teacher, and now a part-time blogger and life coach. I have never ever had less time in my life to shop for myself than I do now, and ACB has been an answer to a prayer I didn’t know I needed. So the way I see it, I’m not looking for fast fashion, I’m looking for pieces that will last. I’m looking to invest in myself and how I look, in order to help me be successful in all the craziness that is my life. And part of that, I’ve learned, is taking care of my investment.
If you’re also wanting to make sure your boutique items have a long life and continue to look as amazing as the first day you put it on, it’s important to know how to care for your favorite new pieces!
Here is a quick guide to getting the most life out of your boutique clothing:
First, it’s important to note that every type of fabric has its pros and cons. Shrinking, wrinkles, easily snagged, prone to stains, color bleeding, machine wash vs. hang dry - no wonder so many of us dread laundry!
We’ve got you though!
When you receive your beautiful new purchase, take a look at the tag. Take note of the material or blend and whether or not it requires dry clean only, hand wash or machine wash instructions. And honestly, follow those instructions!
Many of the boutique items are a poly-rayon blend, which means they’re best suited for hand-washing. I know it sounds time consuming, but it doesn’t have to be - multitasking is in our DNA, ladies!
One trick is to keep a small clothes basket or hamper around to keep those more delicate items separate. That way you prevent them from getting snagged on other clothing or absorbing more dirt, grime, or stains from other clothes.
Multitasking tip: I’ll throw a load of laundry in the washer and then take my hand washing to my bathroom. I’ll spray bathroom surfaces (toilet, tub, shower and sink) lightly with a cleaner and then move on to the hand-washing. I’ll go back to wipe those surfaces down before I change the wash over to the dryer. Now I’m getting three things done at the same time.)
So once a week or so, I grab a clean basin or small bucket and fill it with cool or warm water and a tablespoon or two of laundry detergent. Swish with your hand to mix well. Lay out a clean, dry towel beside you.
If necessary, pretreat any stains.
I start with my light colors to prevent bleeding. (Good thing, because I washed a bathing suit I bought this week and this is the color it left the water!)
Submerge each item one at a time, swish and lightly scrunch for a minute in the sudsy water. Then rinse for a minute or two under cool tap water.
Make sure you just lightly squeeze out excess water, but don’t wring tight. This is too damaging to rayons, silks, nylons and even spandex. Being gentle with the fabric will help prevent overstretching and keep the garment looking fresh and bright.
Then I lay the garment on the towel and repeat until each one is clean. The towel will help soak up more water and prevent a drippy mess all over when you hang to dry.
Next I’ll grab a few hangers and gently hang each piece. Take an extra minute to straighten and smooth each one and you’ll probably be able to skip ironing later. I’ll often do this an hour or so before bed and then hang them on my shower rod to dry or on door hangers. Amazon has some super cute space saver options too.
By morning, they’re dry and I’ll toss them in the dryer with a dry towel and a dryer sheet on a low heat setting or delicates setting for 10 minutes or so. This softens the fabric a bit without damaging it, and it’s ready to wear!
Taking a little extra time to hand wash your poly, nylon, spandex and blends is going to mean the difference between weeks and years of wear. Clothing can be an investment, not a waste of money! Ashley always stresses look good, feel good! And I have to agree. I work with teenagers every day, trust me, they have no problem letting me know when I must not feel good!
So a little extra care with your clothes, a little extra care with yourself and we think you’ll notice a lot more feel good!
On behalf of Ashley, Chic blessings friends!
Kristy & Ashley