Car­ing for your cloth­ing, by Bair­bre Power

Irish Independent - Weekend Magazine - - WEEKEND MAGAZINE COMPETITION -

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.

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