Tricks of the Trade: Keeping Clothes Fresh

There’s nothing worse than having to part with your favorite blouse because it simply looks like it’s seen better days. But by the same token, it’s also not a good look to be wearing clothes that clearly look like they’ve seen better days.

In an effort to keep clothes looking fresh and new as long as possible, here are a few quick tips that I’ve found helpful over the years:

  • Dry clean delicates: While it can at times be tempting to try to wash a delicate item yourself, it really never ends well that way. I’d highly recommend letting the experts do what they do best and taking your nice pieces to the dry cleaners.
  • Wash denim sparingly: This might sound gross to some, but I try to only wash my jeans when they need to be shrunken and/or have gotten visibly dirty. They maintain their wash far longer if you try to wash them as sparingly as possible.
  • Spot treat instead of doing a full wash: If and when I spill something small on denim, for instance, I’ll always attempt a spot treatment before throwing them in the hamper. With a little elbow grease, the spot usually comes right out.
  • Choose your laundry products wisely: I learned the hard way that fabric softener is noooo good for your clothes—well, if you want to keep them feeling crisp, that is. Some detergents have fabric softener included in the formula, so be sure you read the label carefully before picking up your next bottle.

Winter Wardrobe

It’s officially, officially cold in the Bay Area now, and that means no more pretending I can get away with light layers and open-toed shoes. Here’s what I’ll be wearing this season—advance warning: expect nothing but black, gray, and cream.

Leather jacket by IRO

 

Slip dress by Vince 

Gray tuxedo coat by Zara

Metallic sneakers, comfy sweaters, and a leopard Clare V. clutch

Falling for Scarves

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been reaching for a scarf nearly everyday—not only is it pretty chilly out, but I love how they complete an otherwise bland outfit. Typically, my scarves are tucked away in bins just like my purses, but I’ve been craving for a seasonal solution to accommodate my frequent needs.

 

Because I can’t create additional storage in my closet, I had to work with what I already have on this. I recently installed these beautiful hooks in both of my closets and while I was once using them to plan out outfits, I’ve been loving using them as a catch all for scarves at the moment. They make it so easy to hang my favorite scarves and because I have an extra set in my other closet, I can still prep my outfits in advance—win, win!

Peek into My Purse

While I’ve never really been one to tote around a “Marry Poppins” bag filled with everything under the sun, I am very careful about never leaving the house without any one key item. Because everyone’s key items are different, and because it’s so fun to see what others keep in their bags, I thought I’d share what’s in mine!

On any given day, you won’t find me without the following in my purse:

Depending where I’m headed and how uncomfortable my shoes are that day, I may also stuff some bandaids in my bag. Oh, and a Lara bar, too!

What are the items you always have in your purse? Share in the comments!

Fall Wardrobe

Every year when fall rolls around, I get uncontrollably excited for all that it marks—pumpkins, pumpkin spice lattes, boots, knits, plaid, etc. So even though it’s not yet officially fall (the first day is this Friday!), I’m getting my favorite pieces ready to go. Keep scrolling to see what kinds of creams, clogs, and corduroys I’ll be donning this season.

Psst: My Bryr clogs are one of my most prized possessions. I custom designed them and couldn’t love them any more!