Here's How To Properly Care For Your Delicates | Clozette


The term ‘delicates’ kinda sounds archaic in this day in age where words like fit and kicks have become a part of everyday conversation when it comes to fashion. However, it doesn’t just refer to your unmentionables. Delicates such as slips, camisoles and dresses are often made of lace and silk, as well as linens and cashmere — materials that are not suited for an arbitrary spin cycle. They also come with a hefty price tag if you’re a girl who likes to live the luxe life. So it's only fitting that you know how to take care of them so you can enjoy them for long. Ahead, our best tips for keeping your delicates' longevity.


Pay attention to the fine print 


Not every piece of clothing is made equal, and those tags aren’t there to irritate you. The most important symbol you need to know is the big X on the washing machine which means a spin cycle is a no-no. Following the directions, especially those that tell you explicitly what not to do, has already made washing your delicates that much easier.




Invest in a lingerie detergent (or make your own!) 


You may be wondering: how is this different from regular detergent? Well, normal laundry detergent is formulated to remove stubborn stains and is meant for heavier loads. Lingerie needs to be pampered with a gentle solution to maintain their texture and longevity. On the other hand, if you don’t feel like spending extra, you can make your own blend of detergent using a cup of hot water, a teaspoon of baby shampoo and a couple drops of your favourite essential oil.


Let them have a good soak in the tub


No, you can’t just chuck everything into the washing machine. Some things need time and a gentle nudge onto a cleaner path. In this case, a five-minute soak is what all your delicates need to loosen up any grime that may have been collected, and a light hand wash to remove any stains. Let your garments soak for another five minutes for good measure before gently squeezing them out. Add a little distilled white vinegar into your wash to soften the fabrics and remove any soap residue.




Tumbling down the rabbit hole 


Unlike Alice in Wonderland, your expensive clothing can’t just go for a tumble in the machine because they’ll be twisted up, stretched out and over wrung when they don’t have to be. Leaving these fabrics on a drying rack is more than sufficient as they tend to be thinner and absorb less water during the wash, especially since you’ve already given them a head start with a gentle squeeze.



Keep them in shape 


As they say, different strokes for different folks. You can’t handle lace the same way you’d handle cashmere although they both require a gentle hand. Don’t hang your cashmere on a drying line and allow its shape to be ruined by stretching. Lay it flat as you would a lace garment to eliminate the issue of wrinkles. A little care and diligence will easily make these gorgeous items last you a lifetime.
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'Tis the season for gatherings, parties and travelling. If you're off to do all three, remember to stay in style while you dance your heart out in your new favourite destination. Don't have plans yet? Well, let your guiding stars show you the way. For a destination party style that matches your birth-given personality, here's a guide.


Aries



Your sensibilities are strong, and that's why a trip to Shanghai is the perfect choice for a vacation. As bold as your personality, the party scene in this city is something books are written about. You're not one to do subtle, so an outfit that's as fiery as your personality is just what you need to strut and dance in.


Taurus



With a natural flair for anything feminine, there's no surprise you've booked a trip to Kyoto. For a place that's bursting with elegance and old world charm, it's only fitting that you wear a print that's just as classic, like houndstooth.


Gemini



You're a style chameleon whose mood dictates your choices. Although decided on a whim, we're sure you'll have no regrets booking a trip to Singapore. The city's as versatile as you! As for exploring it in style, we say go for something sensible and can be dressed up or down depending on your need... or desire.


Cancer



It's all about comfort for you. And it definitely won't be compromised even though you're partying it up in Bangkok. For the ultimate outfit, go for something casual but not overly so. Add a few accessories to liven it up and you're good to go.



Leo



You're a true blue stylista no matter the situation or destination. Dancing all night and socialising in Colombo? No problem. You already have your bold outfit prepared and ready to take on the night and turn heads with you.


Virgo



Polished through and through, you're never one to be caught wearing a piece of clothing that looks out of place. Even while out partying in the streets of Manila, you're wearing nothing but a streamlined outfit. We're not complaining though!



Libra



Always striving to find balance, you're someone who's naturally drawn to neutrals with a twist. Your outfit choice for a rave in Hanoi is no exemption. Whoever said neutrals are boring will change their mind after seeing your sartorial pick.


Scorpio



You're not one to be put inside a box. Experimenting is definitely right up your alley, and it's evident in your choice of outfit for a night in equally eclectic Kuala Lumpur. You're fierce and open to anything without trying too hard.



Sagittarius



There's no doubt that you love to move. Dancing on the floor for hours at a bar in Macau doesn't seem to make you feel tired at all. Make sure you're dressed just right by incorporating your favourite athleisure pieces to help you move with ease.


Capricorn



Sophistication is the goal for you at all times. Partying in Melbourne is no different. You're a minimalist at heart who's not a fan of frills so it makes sense that your party outfit is just as coordinated and elegant.



Aquarius



You're in tune with your inner laid-back child and you're not afraid to dress the part. Drinking and clubbing like a '70s child in Bali is exactly the kind of vacation highlight you've planned for. Your outfit? It matches your vibe, of course.


Pisces



Simple with a hint of quirkiness is just what you're about. Whether you're walking inside museums or partying it up in Delhi, you're most comfortable with a classic outfit... but always with a touch of something unique, like a pair of statement earrings or a bag, as a nod to your creative side.


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'Tis the season for holiday trips. If you're travelling somewhere cold, now is the perfect time to take out your coats from the far end of your wardrobe. You probably don't get to wear them as often as you’d like, but when the time comes, know that there are new ways to style them. From a new take on a classic to something that will up your street style credit, here are fresh ways to wear coats.

Vest, the best


Acne Studios Wool-blend felt coat, USD977 (net-a-porter.com); Karl Donoghue Reversible Paneled Shearling Vest, USD588 (theoutnet.com); Saint Laurent Distressed Skinny Jeans, USD684 (net-a-porter.com); Mango ribbed high neck t-shirt, USD28 (mango.com); Alexander Wang Gabi suede akle boots, USD333 (theoutnet.com)


Take advantage of the cold and take advantage of your layering dreams. On top of your coat, layer on a vest for a more streamlined look. It can be a short one for a more casual take or one that’s as long as the coat you are wearing under for a more sophisticated spin. Scarf as a cherry on top, optional.

Cinch it 

NICHOLAS Brushed wool-blend coat, USD342 (theoutnet.com); ZARA Jacquart top, USD22 (zara.com); Chloe leather belt, USD712 (net-a-porter.com); APL Athletic Propulsion Labs Techloom Pro Mesh Sneakers, USD165 (net-a-porter.com); UNIQLO Women Ezy ankle length pants, USD19 (uniqlo.com)


If the bulkiness and heft of coats is not exactly your style, cinch it with a belt. Go for a thin one for a barely there appeal or invest in a logo belt to stay on-trend. Pull up the top part of the coat, just above the belt to give the outfit a chicly undone vibe.

A cool lining

Alaia Bombe 110 studded suede sandals, USD1,214 (net-a-porter.com); Burberry striped cotton-garbandine trench coat, USD2,375 (net-a-porter.com); Agnona striped metallic cashmere-blend midi dress, USD1,170 (theoutnet.com)


Not literally, of course! We say look for a coat that has a lining with patterns or a bold colour. The detail gives an otherwise neutral and utilitarian-looking garment a fun twist. If you’re not bold enough to go print-frenzy, a clean plaid pattern might do the trick for you.


Go bold


Ellery Aggie embellished leather skirt, USD1,648 (net-a-porter.com); Valentino wool-blend coat, USD1,258 (theoutnet.com); Iris & Ink Terri blouse, USD130 (theoutnet.com); Stuart Weitzman Lowland suede over-the-knee boots, USD1,073 (net-a-porter.com)


Instead of dressing as glumly as the weather feels, don a bright, bold-hued coat to liven up the mood. You can go for jewel tones for a more sophisticated approach or go bold with a bright pink or green for a good contrast with the overcast.


Double it up

Toteme Bergerac oversized double-breasted wool-blend felt coat, USD1,011 (net-a-porter.com); ALEXACHUNG embellished PVC-trimmed velvet Mary Jane ballet flats, USD475 (net-a-porter.com); W118 by Walter Baker Carletta houndstooth jacquard midi dress, USD130 (theoutnet.com)


Instead of a sweater or t-shirt under your coat, go for a classic shirt. The double buttons will give a nice uniform look to your outfit. You can even get playful and zero in on the details – make sure there’s a contrast in colour or size in your shirt and your coat’s buttons.

Bag it


Amanda Wakeley Wrap-effect cropped crepe jumpsuit, USD346 (theoutnet.com); OFF-WHITE Mirrored-leather belt bag, USD376 (theoutnet.com); Prada ombre patent leather pumps, USD777 (net-a-porter.com); Gucci Hooded wool coat, USD3,468 (net-a-porter.com)


Up your street style cred by wearing the It accessory of the past couple of seasons on top of your coat: the belt bag. Wear it on your hips, as is customary, for a sleek look, or take a cue from street style savants and wear it like a body bag. Go for a bold-hued bag if your coat is on the neutral side.


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