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Guide: How to Store & Take Care of Your Clothes




How-To Clean

•         The key to preserving your garments is by keeping them as clean as possible. Soiled clothes with food or perspiration stains usually have a tendency to attract moths and insects.

•         Choosing the right place to dry clean your clothes is the key to ensure that your expensive garments remain in pristine condition for a long time. For Indian clothes with intricate embellishments, make sure that the pieces are dry-cleaned by a special technique where the ornamentation is covered with net.

•         Remember to always read the instruction on the care label before washing any of your garments. Most pieces come with specific instructions on using the right washer setting, detergent or washing them inside out to preserve their life span. 

•         Separation of colours while washing garments is a must. As many of the custom made outfits have delicate embroidery, hand detailing and textures on the pieces, the best way to ensure that they are not ruined is to dry clean them. 

•         Steam ironing outfits is the ideal way to avoid iron marks, lines and creases especially on delicate fabrics like silk jersey. There are various options available for home-use steam irons which are very simple to manoeuvre and not particularly time consuming.


How-To Store

•         Remember to always use a chemical desiccant to absorb moisture and prevent dew before storing your clothes.

•         Woollen garments, cashmere or silk knits must be dry cleaned first and then stored in transparent air tight plastic containers or bags.

•         Storing your embroidered clothing in white malmal fabric ensures that the embroidery does not get tarnished or blacken over time. You could opt for plastic or fabric covers—the end-point for both is to keep dust, moisture and insects away. 

•         Leather and suede should be stored in a closet which is cool and well ventilated and should be stored in muslin or malmal fabric. 

•         Linen garments should be rolled first and stored to avoid permanent creases.

•         Knitted and silk jersey fabrics should be stored flat as they tend to hang and lose shape if they are hung on a hanger.

•         Metallic fabrics, which have been a big trend since the past few seasons, should be covered in soft butter or tissue paper.

•         Fur garments need to be stored in a cool place and covered in white Muslin or malmal fabric. 

•         Folding your heavy Indian outfits such as lehengas and saris is a better way to store them over hanging them.

•         Areas where the garments are stored should be dark and cool as light tends to fade colours and attract insects. The place of storage, the way it is stored and the treatment such as dry clean or wash done to the garment before it is stored are the three factors that need to be considered to preserve the garment.

Damage Control

•         Sometimes clothes have embroidery or tassels which may pull on the fabric, causing some threads to fray. The key is to cover the embellished part with plastic or butter paper while storing the garment and removing it only once you have worn the garment. Trimming the pulled thread and ironing the garment with a steam iron over the area where this has occurred will help to minimise the damage. 

•         The use of lime over a fresh food stain works like magic and removes the stain completely. Stain pens or markers are other ways to remove food stains immediately.

The Extra Mile

•         Moths are often drawn to the smell of perfume. A good way to keep them away is to ensure that your fragrance does not get into your clothing when your store it in your cupboard.

•         Adding moth balls, cedar blocks or sachets with lavender or rosemary in the storage area while storing your garments is also an effective way to avoid moths.



Fashion Quotient:How to choose the right ethnic wear



Fashion is something that is bound to change and people tend to follow the newer trends that come up. Women love to look gorgeous, which is why they tend to buy lots of clothes whether from shops or from online stores. There are many types of clothes available for women especially for ethnic wear. The question arises here as to which kurti types would be most suited for a particular woman. When selecting any ethnic wear, a woman needs to select the different cuts, colours, styles, lengths that would easily fit them. So, when choosing a kurti, it is necessary to check out the body shape of that person. There are five main body types namely, hourglass, rectangle, pear shaped, apple and inverted triangle body shape. Here, these body shapes have been highlighted along with the various kurti types that would be suitable for them.

Apple shape
Women with apple shaped body have more weight around their mid-part. 

What to wear

1) Dark coloured kurti
2) Cotton and silk made fabrics
3) Kurti with simple a-line
4) V-shaped and embellished neckline
5) Shoulder design having beautiful embroidery
6) Flare and cuff sleeves
What not to wear
1) Don’t wear shapeless or ill-fitted kurti.
2) Ensure that the kurti doesn’t fall away from the tummy or has a yoked style.
3) Avoid wearing patiala and salwars.
Pear shape
Women who have heavier hips and thighs are the ones with a pear shaped body. They also tend to have smaller shoulders. Most Indian women are known to have pear shaped bodies.
What to wear
1) Light coloured kurti with dark coloured patialas
2) Flare styled kurtis or anarkali kurtis
3) Printed and textured kurti
4) Bishop and rouched sleeves
5) Longer length kurtis
What not to wear
Avoid wearing body-hugging fabrics or the ones that highlight your lower half
Inverted triangle-shape
People having large shoulders, broad upper body, skinny thighs are the ones with inverted triangle shaped body.
What to wear
1) Kurtis with soft sleeves
2) Horizontal stripes and prints
3) Kurti that flares at the waist
4) Low U or V-necklines
What not to wear
It is preferable to avoid shoulder pads, high necklines and bulky collar patterns.
Square shape
Square shaped body characterizes same width on the upper body as on the hips. Such women don’t have a curvaceous body.

What to wear

1) Body and deep neck styled kurtas 
2) Define the waist shape with belted kurti
3) Kurti having tighter waist
4) Anarkali styled kurti or heavy fabric
What not to wear
Kurtis with loose fitting are best avoided for this particular body type.
Courtesy : globus blog

How to take care of your ethnic wear!!


Celebrating the remarkable return of the legendary silk fabric, many of you must have already stocked up a large number of silk sarees. But the main quest starts when you are supposed to maintain them. Well here are some tips that will help you maintain your treasured silk sarees.

  • Never try to wash them at home, always rely on an expert dry cleaner.
  • Always wrap silk sarees in pure cotton cloths, to avoid damp smell.
  • In case your saree gets wet, dry it under a shade not in sun, as this may lead to discoloration.
  • To remove stains like oil, lipstick you can apply some talcum powder to the affected area and then clean it with a paper napkin.
  • Do not follow the grandma’s remedy of placing naphthalene balls in the folds, in case of silk sarees. As they may leave stains while evaporating.


Care for Crepe/Georgette/Chiffon Apparels

Next on the list, are the most delicate and ethereal fabrics – Crepe, Chiffon and Georgette. Nothing can beat the grace and royalty that flows through these fabrics. Be it the elite sarees or the contemporary suits- chiffon, crepe and georgette rule the zone. Here are some quick tips that will help in keeping them new as ever.

  • Never wash these fabrics as they may either shrink away or loosen up.
  • Try to always get them dry cleaned.
  • Do not get them steam pressed as these fabrics require very low heat.
  • Try to refold them from time to time, in order to avoid ripping on creases.
  • Avoid using too many pins as it may tear up the delicate fabrics.


Care for Sherwanis

Taking care of western and formal apparels might seem easy as they require the 3 step care- washing, drying and ironing but what about ethnic apparels like sherwanis. After shelling out huge sum of money on these, no one can actually afford the thought of getting them spoiled.

  • The foremost thing is keeping them clean. Before locking them in to the cupboards, check if they are clean.
  • Do not wash them at home, opt for dry cleaning.
  • Do not fold them, hang them straight and keep in covers.
  • Depending upon the type of fabric, get them ironed at optimal temperatures.
  • Hang them up on broad hangers so that the shoulders remain stiff.




Kundan jewellery and how to clean it



Image  Kundan jewellery is very delicate, and are often intricate in design So, one has to be very gentle while cleaning them:
Use a soft piece of suede cloth to wipe the surface of the jewellery clean. 
Take a small piece of common eraser (rubber), and again wipe all surfaces clean using it, to remove stains and marks.
Take a baby brush, dip it in a bit of face powder, and give the piece a brush-over, and then, air it for a while.
Always keep a silica pouch in the box you keep kundan jewellery in. It keeps it from tarnishing and cracking.



elegant neckpiece of Kundan jewellery

A Green style


Green is turning out to be a popular colour for Indian wear as well. Kajol paired her beige Sabyasachi sari with a green full sleeves blouse at a recent function, Esha Gupta looked great in a high neck Anand Kabra green-gold lehenga and Raveena Tandon wore a deep green Manish Malhtora Anarkali with blue trims to the Filmfare nominations bash.

The key to looking good in the colour of the moment, is to pick the right shade and pair it with neutral accessories- grey, beige, black or white. Remember to keep rest of the look clean and let the colour stand out. What is great about the colour is that it transitions very well between seasons as well. Look out for lighter shades for Spring-Summer and deeper, rich tones for Winter.

How to Carry Printed Pants well


We all just got used to wearing brightly colored jeans, and already there’s another trend that’s here to stay: printed pants. Printed pants are definitely a tough trend to pull off as you don’t want them to look like PJs! But, there’s nothing to be afraid of. With the right amount of confidence and a little bit of creativity anyone can carry off this trend.


Play it safe: If you are new to this trend, play it safe with subtle prints like pinstripes and polka dots.

Cut is crucial: Patterned trousers can look preppy and even business-casual when styled correctly. While printed harem-style pants are hot on street style blogs, they can be hard to pull off in real life. The easiest and most flattering way to rock this trend is with a skinny cut.

Elongate your legs: This can be done in many ways, but wearing heels or wedges is probably the easiest. Ballet flats will look great with cropped styles.

Keep your top simple: Solid colours and slimming silhouettes will nicely complement the boldness of your pants. Sometimes patterned bottoms have a tendency to look like pyjama pants. Pair them with a neat dress shirt and blazer to accomplish the perfect look.

Remember, leggings aren’t pants: Always pair your printed leggings with a tunic or a simple dress that covers your butt.

Be confident: As with almost every fashion trend, those around you can sense whether you feel good in something or not. Carry yourself with confidence and people will admire your bold sense of style.]

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