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NEED HELP PACKING A SUITCASE?

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The holidays are upon us, and with that comes lots of travel.  I am often asked what’s the best way to pack clothes to keep them from wrinkling.  Below are a few tips that will have you packed up and wrinkle free upon arrival.

  1. Select the appropriate piece of luggage.  Don’t try to fit a week’s worth of clothes into your smallest piece of luggage, or backpacks.
  2. Lay all of your clothing, accessories and toiletries out where you can see them all at one time.
  3. Pack heavy items on the bottom, lighter items on top; i.e., jackets on the bottom, then pants, then shirts.
  4. Place each pair of shoes in a plastic bag to keep them from soiling your clothing.  Place them heel to toe to minimize space, and place along the sides and bottom of the suitcase.
  5. Button all buttons and zip all zippers.
  6. Fold your pants lengthwise, and stack them.  Fold the stack in half at the knee and wrap in a plastic dry cleaning bag.
  7. Lay your shirts out in one stack, folding arms across the chest area. Place tissue paper between each shirt.  Then roll the entire stack loosely from the bottom.  Place the entire roll of shirts in a plastic dry cleaning bag.
  8. Fold jackets similarly to your shirts…button all buttons, lay arms across the chest, and fold in half horizontally, making a rectangular shape.
  9. Stack skirts, with tissue between layers, then fold entire stack in half horizontally, forming a rectangular shape.  Place these in a plastic bag and lay on top of pants.
  10. Dresses should be placed in plastic dry cleaning bags, and folded in half horizontally, then placed near the top of the suitcase.
  11. Roll socks up and stick inside your shoes.
  12. Roll belts and place in bottom of suitcase.
  13. Roll ties loosely and place on top.
  14. Place underwear along perimeter of suitcase for extra cushion and stabilization.
  15. Fold pajamas and place on top.
  16. Place toiletries in separate carry-on luggage if possible.  If not, place anything that might leak into zippered plastic bags, and place in a toiletry bag.  Place this bag at one end of the suitcase, near the top.
  17. Upon arrival, unpack and hang your clothing.  If anything is wrinkled, hang it in the bathroom and let the steam shower run for a little while.  This will sometimes alleviate any  wrinkles.

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November 29, 2010 at 2:32 pm

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

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Wishing you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Lennie

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November 24, 2010 at 6:45 pm

SUIT UP

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Guys, it’s that time of year.  Fall is here…time to get out the fall wardrobe.  You’ve gone to the closet and pulled out a few suits.  They look a little out of date, a little worn, and oh, maybe are a little snug.  You find yourself in need of a new suit or two.  Most men dread the process of picking out clothes, and a suit is the worst!

Going to buy a suit is a whipping for some because they have no idea what style looks best, what color to buy, cuff or not, etc.  A suit is an investment in your wardrobe and you want to get one that fits well, hangs well on you and makes you look like a million bucks!

Below are some great tips to keep in mind when shopping for your next suit:

Pick a classic style – not a trendy style; this way you’ll be able to wear the suit for several years and it won’t go out of style or look dated.

  • Consider the “cut” of the suit.  There are 3 basic cuts:
    • American cut – this is the industry standard, middle of the road cut.  This is the most popular cut for a man’s suit.
    • Full cut – this is a great suit for a fuller figured build.  It hangs straight down and does not taper at the waist, thus giving more room at the waist.  It generally has 2 vents.
    • European cut – This is the cut of suit you want if you are a trim, fit guy.  It tapers at the waist for a trim, fit look.
    • Your jacket should fit well.
      • The collar should lay flat in the back, across your neck without puckering or pulling.
      • The lapel notches should lay flat on your chest and not buckle or bulge out.
      • The sleeves should end at the point where your hand meets your wrist, allowing ¼” of your shirt sleeve to show.
      • Be sure the jacket is comfortable by stretching your arms out straight in front of you.  Sit in a chair and bring your arms up as though you might be resting your arms on your desk or writing.  You don’t want the jacket to bind you.
      • Vents – there are either none, one or two.  Any are OK; however, the men with a more rounded backside should select two vents.
      • Pants should not fit tightly.
      • Cuffs make the pants hang nicely, and should be reserved for taller men.  The cuff should be a standard 1”.
      • Pleats are excellent for fuller figured men.
      • In order to cut the perfect fit, your suit may need to be altered, and your pants may need to be hemmed.  Many department stores have alterations departments, as do many professional dry cleaners.

Accessorizing your suit is important as well, pulling your look together.

  • Your belt should match your shoes.  Select leather shoes with leather soles.
  • Your socks should match your pants and should be “dress” socks, not athletic socks.
  • Shirts – select white dress shirts or plain light blue.  Try to avoid patterned or striped shirts.
  • Ties – this is a place to add a pop of color or a little more “style” to your suit.  You should select a tie that matches your shirt.  If you’ve got a black suit and white shirt, don’t be afraid to add a red tie with a white and black pattern.
  • By changing your ties and shirts out, you can wear the same suit a couple of times each week, but give it a fresh look by changing out the accessories.

Caring for your suit is easy.

  • Never put it in a washing machine or dryer at home.
  • Always take it to a professional dry cleaners for proper cleaning and pressing.  There’s nothing worse than a wrinkled suit!

It’s been said many times before, clothes make the man.  By selecting the proper cut of suit, having a great fitting suit, and proper cleaning/pressing of your garments, you’ll look and feel like a million bucks!

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November 16, 2010 at 2:19 pm

IRON IT OUT

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Wrinkles got you down?  In a rush and don’t have time to take those clothes to the dry cleaners to get them pressed?  Try ironing them yourself.  It’s easy if you follow a few basic tips.  Below I’ve listed a few top tips that will have you wrinkle free and on your way!

  1. Fabric care is different for each type of fabric.  Make sure to check the care label before ironing anything.
  2. Iron lengthwise.  If you iron in a circular motion, you could stretch the fabric.
  3. Cotton and linen fabrics should be ironed while slightly damp.  If they are dry, use a spray bottle filled with water to moisten the item as you iron.
  4. Iron items that need lower temperatures first, working your way to the items that need higher heat.
  5. To avoid “shine” marks, iron the clothing on the wrong side, or use a pressing cloth between the iron and the garment.
  6. Iron a small section at a time, and move the fabric away from you as you iron.
  7. Thicker material needs to be ironed on both sides.  Start with the inside, and then iron the outside.
  8. Place a piece of aluminum foil between the ironing board cover and the board.  This will reflect heat and cut down of having to iron two sides separately.
  9. Do not iron velvet or corduroy.  Instead you can steam them by holding the iron about ½” away from the wrong side of the fabric and release steam across the garment as you go.
  10. When ironing napkins, iron flat, without the creases.
  11. Round tablecloths should be ironed from the center outward.
  12. After ironing dress shirts hang immediately and button the top collar button and the center 3 buttons.  This will help the shirt hang properly.
  13. Ironing pleats is tricky.  Fold them down first, and secure with paper clips, being careful to not snag the fabric with the clips.  Start ironing the pleats at the top and work your way down.

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November 9, 2010 at 10:38 am

WHEN THE SEASONS CHANGE – HOW TO STORE YOUR CLOTHING

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It’s time to pack away the summer clothing and roll out your fall wardrobe.  When doing so, you should carefully store your clothing to ensure that it will be in good shape for next Spring and Sumer.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when storing your clothing:

  1. Always clean your clothing before storing it.  Stained clothing is harder to clean the longer the stain remains, and stains also attract insects that will destroy your clothing.
  2. Store your clothing in a breathable container such as a rattan trunk.  This will allow air to circulate.
  3. Never store clothing in hot attics or cold basements.  Clothing is best stored in a dark, well ventilated, temperature controlled closet.
  4. If using mothballs in a storage area, be sure to put them in a white sock so they do not directly touch the clothing.
  5. Never store clothing in plastic or vinyl clothing bags.  Instead, cover the garments with a white cotton sheet or white muslin.
  6. When hanging leather or suede garments, use a sturdy wooden hanger in order to preserve the shape of the coat or jacket.
  7. Rayon, knitted and silk fabrics should be stored flat, with layers of tissue between each garment.  If you must hang them, pad well with tissue.
  8. Linen clothing should be rolled in order to keep the fabric from becoming permanently creased.
  9. Fur garments should be stored in a cool, dry place and covered with a white cloth (as mentioned above).  However, cold storage especially for furs is best.
  10. Wool clothing should be cleaned prior to storage.  Wrap the item in white tissue and add mothballs to the storage area.

By taking just a few extra minutes while packing your wardrobe away, you can add seasons of wear to your clothing.

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November 2, 2010 at 11:38 am