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With the witching hour nearly upon us, you’ll be thinking about great costume ideas to impress friends and acquaintances. Whether you’re going all out in a spectacular costume or keeping things simple as a ghost or a cat, the special care required to keep Halloween costumes clean can easily be overlooked.
Costumes are often made of inexpensive materials, like acetate or acrylic, and feature basic structure and stitching that are designed for one-time wear. So what happens when you find a great costume that deserves some extra mileage in future years? Carefully cleaning and storing your costume will ensure it can be re-used for the next spooky party.
Our guide will help you properly care for your Halloween costume so that it continues to trick without getting ruined by any treat-induced stains.
Pre (trick or) treat
While you’re enjoying some candy, a melting chocolate bar or dripping caramel from a candy apple may make its way onto your costume. To take care of any Halloween food stains, pre-treat with a stain remover formula and let it soak for about 30 minutes. Costume fabrics usually aren’t particularly breathable, so you’ll also want to pre-treat areas where perspiration stains have occurred (such as under the arms and around the neck).
Check your costume’s label for recommended washing instructions. If your costume is made out of cotton, polyester, acrylic or nylon, and doesn’t have special embellishments, it can likely be machine washed in cold water on the delicate cycle.
Costumes made of tulle or spandex can be gently hand-washed at home, even if they have sequins or plastic attachments. However, careful consideration must be taken when you’re cleaning these items yourself.
- Flip the costume inside out before placing it in cold water with a gentle laundry detergent.
- Knead the material in the water for a few minutes, then rinse thoroughly.
- Gently squeeze the costume to remove excess water, but take care not to wring it, which can weaken the stitching.
Costumes labeled as “dry clean only”—especially with special embellishments or trims made of fur, leather, suede or feathers—should be taken to a professional, who will be equipped to provide a thorough cleaning.
Dry and iron
Avoid the dryer, which can shrink a costume made of inexpensive fabrics (like acetate and polyester) by up to two sizes or ruin the material altogether. The dryer can also loosen the elasticity in spandex or nylon. Most costumes should be hung to dry, but ones with a distinct structure should be laid flat to dry in order to preserve their shapes.
If you need to remove any wrinkles, iron on the lowest heat setting. High heat can damage fabrics like acrylic, rayon and polyester. Always keep the iron moving so that you avoid overheating and ruining the fabric
Next season storage
To ensure that your favorite Halloween costume looks just as good next year, be extra diligent about storing it properly.
- Delicate costumes with attachments or different parts should be hung so the material doesn’t stretch. Place them in a plastic garment bag and store in the closet until next year.
- If your costume is made of a durable material, fold it carefully and store it in a sealed freezer bag to keep dust and mold out.
- Costume accessories like broomsticks or wands should be wrapped in bubble wrap and kept safely in a box.
- Stuff hats with paper to maintain their shape.
- Place wigs on a styrofoam wig stand and keep them tucked in a sealed bag or box.
Halloween costumes aren’t meant to be worn all the time, but you might want to keep your favorite outfit on hand for future parties. By taking special care of your costume, you’ll make sure it gets a chance to scare again.
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Warmer weather means that wedding season is officially in full swing. While you want to look your best as a wedding guest—or as a member of the bridal party—purchasing a new suit or dress for every occasion this summer may not be practical. Regardless, no matter how many outfits you have to choose from, you want to keep them in the best shape possible. From wedding guest style tips to clothing maintenance, here’s a fuss-free guide to taking care of your best pieces so they last beyond the cake and champagne toast.
Invest in a timeless dress or classic suit
As tempting as it is to purchase a unique dress or suit for each event you attend, it makes sense to invest in timeless pieces that you'll use for other purposes. When choosing your wedding season attire, opt for a classic silhouette that will serve you well on date nights or other dressier events.
Style tip: For ladies, a classic choice like an LBD (little black dress) is always a great option to have in the closet, but the wedding season can be a reason to explore new styles, trends and colors that you may not wear as often. For the gents, most suits can be repurposed for all occasions—business or pleasure. Dress up each with unique accessories depending on the event.
Choose the right fabrics for a touch of personal style
Occasion dressing doesn’t have to strictly translate to formal wear (unless the invitation reads black tie). For a modern approach to cocktail attire, introduce a casual element to the ensemble through unconventional fabrics or accessories. Try mixing dressier silhouettes with more laid-back fabrics for cocktail-appropriate wear with a hint of cool. Choose fabrics that are durable, wrinkle-free and easy to clean. That way, you'll remain unfettered from the ceremony to the after-party.
Style tip: Consider an easy-care fabric such as acetate, jersey or rayon blends instead of pure silk for effortless style that will keep you feeling both polished and comfortable. These fabrics have the added bonus of being easier to clean, for either you or your dry cleaner.
Treat stains in a timely manner
Ernest Hemingway once wrote that Paris is a moveable feast. Weddings often translate to another kind of moveable feast, so the tricky part about formal dressing is tackling the various accidents that can occur during your fine dining adventures. Whether it’s an unwanted souvenir from the reserve wine or that niçoise salad, make sure you treat any stains as soon as you get home, as they become harder to manage once they settle into the fabric. Weddings are messy business, so don’t let those stains sink in!
Style tip: If you're concerned about letting something slip, it doesn't hurt to stick to white wines or champagne. (Even though these spills are less noticable, they do still need to be treated! Apply a damp towel to absorb what you can of the stain, and then have it treated professionally when you get home.)
Employ a dry cleaning service to keep your garments pristine
Even if you've managed to leave the reception stain-free, the best way to care for your choicest pieces are to entrust them to a professional cleaner before putting your clothes back in your closet. This takes care of any potential odors or wrinkles; it also ensures that your suits and dresses are in perfect condition for your next celebrated affair.
Style tip: For best results, store your clothing in a garment bag post-cleaning. Your timeless pieces will always be good to go with these simple steps. Stay stylish throughout the season (and be ready for the next) with these tips for wedding guests.
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