What to wear? And how to care for your festive party wardrobe this Christmas
Christmas, although a time of celebration and enjoyment can take its toll on the best of us, never mind our beloved party wear. With crushed velvets, silk slip dresses, embellishment’s and beads long established as firm seasonal fabrics, we have offered up this guide on how to take care of your party wear.
Christmas and New Year 2016 sees the velveteen suit in festive greens, red and golds making a statement on A-listers such as Cate Blanchett and Cindy Kimberley. Beading and embellishments are never shy around the festive season, with celebrities wearing some of the more delicate and exclusive key pieces, and more paired-down versions appearing on the high street and at office Christmas parties. The silk slip dress or a light and airy silk red dress will always be fitting at this time of year, to give you that stand out, sumptuous Christmas look.
Here are some celebrities who are on the money when it comes to festive fashion:
Of course, you need to take good care of your garments, so here are 5 top tips to care for your party wear this Christmas.
- If your garment is dry clean only always hang and air your outfit immediately after use – this will keep its shape and also help any nasty odours to disperse before arriving at the dry cleaners.
- Embellishments and beading - You can hand wash certain beaded garments, but of course you should always check the label first. If you think it’s OK use lukewarm water and a little detergent, and very gently bring the garment in and out of the water. It’s only worth the risk of doing this about once or twice though to avoid any embellishments or fine beads detaching. Never iron garments with beads or embellishments – its best to hang them back to shape or use a steamer. Generally, a visit to your local Jeeves store is the only advisable way to get your delicate garment cleaned properly and carefully.
- Velvet – Velvet requires a similar care routine to sequins. It’s usually a safer bet to visit a professional dry cleaner, but you can sometimes wash yourself carefully, but again, always read the label first and be careful. If you have mud or food stains always wait for it to dry and use a brush to gently remove – never rub into the fabric and always be especially careful when rubbing velvet. Using warm water and washing up liquid immediately after any nasty spillages will help to lift a stain before you get chance to visit Jeeves.
- Silk – Some silk is machine washable whilst others are only suitable for dry cleaning. Always be careful to check if the colours are fast and do not wash if they are not as they will run and also can stain other garments and materials. You should always hand wash silk clothes in cold water as they will shrink in high temperatures. If thecare label advises machine washing, choose a gentle, cold-water cycle. If in doubt, contact your local Jeeves store.
- Freshen your delicate fabrics and always hang to retain their shape immediately after wearing. Using a fabric freshener spray will help bring your garments back to life in-between trips to your local Jeeves store.