Most people have wardrobes filled with all-year clothing combined with season-specific pieces that need to be stored when the season is over. Plus, there are also luxury or otherwise special clothing worn for important or grand events like cocktail dresses and designer gowns.
If you own high-end clothing, you must show these special pieces extra love and care, especially concerning storage. Improper storage can result in discoloration, clothing moth holes, and unremovable stains. Learning how to store your designer dresses properly will help you preserve their quality and looks.
Below are five storage tips that can help you prevent damages to your dresses and ensure that they continue to look new and chic:
Clean Your Designer Dresses Thoroughly
Thorough cleaning comes before storage. Also, keep in mind that worn clothes, even if seemingly clean, can contain body oils and perfume and deodorant stains. For this reason, you should never store your worn garments together with the clean ones, even if they are good for “another few nights.”
With designer dresses, you should only consider high-quality dry-cleaning. Take your time to find the right dry-cleaning shop, the one that understands the value behind luxury clothing and knows how to handle them. Otherwise, they could do a worse job of cleaning your dresses than you cleaning them using warm water in a bathtub.
Look for Steam Ironing
Most, if not all, of your designer clothes should be steamed and not ironed. Most dry-cleaning places use a steamer, but it doesn’t hurt to check with them before turning your clothes in.
Use Natural Moth Repellents
This one is a no-brainer. You can never know where clothes moths are hiding, so the best you can do is use a repellent from the start. It is best to use natural repellents. But you have to be careful where you place them as they must not touch your clothes.
Use Proper Storage Materials for Designer Dresses
Designer dresses and other pieces of luxury clothing need proper storage bags and paper. If you want to make sure your clothes last you a long time, you should use breathable fabric garment bags, like muslin.
The same goes for the paper wrap to protect your delicate dresses and gowns. Always use acid-free paper.
Ensure Proper Ventilation
If you have the luxury of choice, store your evening gowns and cocktail dresses in dark, dry, and airy spaces. However, sometimes, this is not feasible. So, you keep your special clothes in the corner of your wardrobe or another closed space.
If that is your situation, open the doors and let the clothes “breathe” regularly. Also, don’t leave your clothes in plastic bags because even those from dry-cleaning can trap gasses and cause discoloration.
Don’t Use Wire Hangers
Okay, first of all, wire hangers can cause “bunny ears”, and you definitely don’t want them on your luxury gowns and dresses. Secondly, they could also rust and destroy your clothing.
Therefore, the best you can do is get better-quality velvet hangers or high-quality wood hangers. Don’t be cheap with wood hangers as they can leave splinters in your clothing.
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