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Not so scary.

You’d be surprised how many costumes we clean every year. Before you jump into that skeleton suit or Godzilla’s bridal gown from last year, let us make sure it’s clean and fresh. Or take the easy way out, wear your favorite pajamas, stick a thermometer in your mouth and hold an ice pack to your head: you’re Sick and Tired!  And for the cleanup after, we can easily remove candle wax or makeup smears.

Classic jeans.

When you buy new raw denim jeans, aficionados recommend wearing for six months before washing. Why? Wear will break down the super-stiff denim, the fabric actually conforms to your shape. When you’re ready to wash, turn inside out, use cold water in a gentle cycle, hot water if you want fading. Lay flat or hang upside down to air dry. Lay flat, fold in half from left to right. Grab the stacked legs and fold up in half with bottoms up to the waistband. Fold in half again and store in an uncrowded drawer or shelf.

The classic white button-down.

Men have known for generations that a fresh-from-the-laundry white long-sleeved shirt adds style and dresses up any outfit, even jeans. Women have caught on to this quick and easy way to add panache: in crisp cotton or soft silk, the tailored shape of the shirt adds elegance to distressed denim or conservative suiting. Smart women rely on this true wear-anywhere closet staple for the office, a night out or a weekend stroll. Tuck it in or let it hang loose, you can’t go wrong with a white shirt. Throw it over a tee and worn jeans, tuck it into a black pencil skirt or top it with a tweed blazer. 

Button, button.

Let us know if you have a loose button or a falling hem. Our staff will make repairs so you can keep wearing your favorites time and time again. Hemming a new pair of pants? Let us know if you want to keep the original hem. And don’t forget to call ahead for a fitting on special cold-weather and dress-up garments – our expert seamstress/tailor will keep you looking your best.

Clothes feeling snugger?

Before you blame stay-at-home snacking, check your dryer settings and remember the last 15% of drying time is when shrinkage occurs, and it can be permanent. Dry your clothes on delicate to avoid shrinkage and set the timer for a shorter period. You can always add time to dry, but can’t reverse it if you have dried too long. Another hint – don’t mix lightweight silks and rayons with heavier cottons and polyesters – they will dry out faster and are the most prone to heat damage, while the cottons stay wet and keep your dryer spinning.