Now that it's getting chilly outside, we know we have to bring our Autumn and Winter clothes out of storage. If we stored them correctly, is there anything else we should do to be sure they're ready to be worn again? We cant believe summer is over. But it's time to get excited about the clothes you haven't been wearing for the past few months, and pulling them out of hiding is like discovering a new wardrobe.
For tips on how to get sweaters and boots back into fighting shape;
1. Inspect all of your knits. Look for any moth holes, especially in wools and cashmeres, which are insects' favorite food. Ribbed knits will be easier to repair, but unfortunately some damage is not reversible. Consult your local drycleaner to see if the holes can be patched up. If you'd prefer to DIY, we recommend a wool filling kit by GreenerGrassDesign.com.
2. Puff life back into down coats. If you've found that your puffy coats have lost their natural fullness, hang them in the bathroom during a really hot shower to let them reinflate. If you're in a hurry, toss them into the dryer with a few (clean!) tennis balls will quite literally knock them back into shape.
3. Get rid of musty smells. Taking things to the drycleaner is the quickest way to de-mustify your winter gear, but we also recommend this handy trick picked up from vintage store owners: "Spray it with a mixture of one part vodka and two parts water. If you mist it and just let it sit for a while that actually kills a lot of the odor."
4. This is also a great time to reorganize. You want to put everything back in the order you would wear it: your more favourite things and lighter colours to the front (of your wardobe)] because you might want to transition to darker colours as the season progresses.
5. Store your summer clothes properly. Though much simpler than your winter things, it's still important to care for the warm weather clothes you'll be putting away. Delicate fabrics and lighter colors should be dry-cleaned, even if you don't think they're dirty, to remove any body oils or perfumes. Those kinds of fabrics are notorious for getting those gradual stains that pop up later on. You know, you could look at a white shirt or silk dress and say, 'Oh that's great, I didn't spill anything on it,' but then weeks later, a yellow stain will start to form that you didn't necessarily notice at first. Don't store anything in the toxic plastic bags dry cleaners hand out, and pick a storage place that's free from water, bugs and dust. You want to wrap everything really well and be sure nothing is exposed at the top of your wardrobe. Dust tends to get into finer fabrics like silks.