Caring for your clothing, by Bairbre Power
Weekend’s Fashion Editor Bairbre, who travels a lot for business, says her go-to is always a jersey jumpsuit, which folds up small and which she hangs up in the hotel while she has a hot shower, letting the wrinkles fall out of it. Here are her insider tips:
Wire hangers are for breaking into cars, they are not for you storing your good clothes. For that you should invest in proper wooden hangers and treat yourself to lovely padded ones for delicate luxury fabrics like satin and silk.
Now the winter has arrived, keep those tennis balls and use them in the dryer to fluff up the duvet lining in your coats/jackets.
If you are worried about moths in your wardrobe, invest in cedar balls.
If you’re a cashmere fan and you think you might have a dreaded moth issue, try freezing your cashmere in a plastic bag overnight and defrost slowly. I prefer to de-pill my cashmere with a small battery-operated hand-held device I buy in dry cleaners, rather than the razor option.
I’m a big fan of lavender. I use it in ittle sachets around my hangers, in drawers, and my own personal hack is a bottle of Bien-Être ’Naturelle’ cologne, which you will find in most French supermarkets beside the deodorants, for around €5.50/250ml bottle. I use it directly on my skin and hair most mornings. I add some water and spray it as a room freshener and put it on my clothes and damp sheets when I set up my Chinese laundry on a Monday night. I stick on a good movie and pour myself a glass of rosé. Every domestic goddess deserves rewards!
When it comes to a clothes edit, I have a spare room with two rails where I dip into seasonal and transeasonal pieces and accessories. I have a wooden fitting with five cup hooks where, on a Sunday evening, I hang newly returning dry cleaning that I might need for any events I might be attending that week and I assemble outfits and their accessories for immediate use — which saves on 8am meltdowns because there’s always one shoe you can’t find in the morning. .
I always turn jeans inside out when washing and for knits, I use a delicate liquid soap in tepid water. Then I roll it like a sausage in a towel to remove moisture and let the jumper dry flat (but not directly beside a radiator).
A quick spritz of hair spray to your tights will stop your dress from clinging.