Guide for the Stylishly Clumsy
Lets face it, no matter how careful you are, you’re going to have to deal with spills and other fabric related mishaps. Being fashion conscious doesn’t mean that you’re less likely to make a mess. And yes, a simple wash or a trip to the dry cleaners can solve that problem. But frequent trips to the local cleaners can take a toll on your wallet. So, what is the solution? Start by embracing technology.
Fabric technology is advancing at an alarming rate. Discovery of synthetic materials are providing clothing designers with the ability to manufacture outfits that are more durable, water resistant and wrinkle free. With these new materials anything from pants, shirts, jackets and even jeans can be made more stain repellent. Your clothing won’t be completely water or stain proof, but it’ll lessen the blow left by some serious stains. The same can be said about “wrinkle-free” shirts. They won’t be completely “wrinkle-free,” but they are much easier to maintain and require far less ironing than the average shirt.
In the wrinkle free department, chemically enhanced cotton allows brands like LL Bean, Gap, J. Crew and Banana Republic to offer a collection of soft and low-maintenance shirts. They also come in a variety of collar designs; from spread to the traditional point collar. But before running out to raid the shirt aisle, remember that they are wrinkle-free to a certain point. After some use, ironing may be required.
The term stain-repellent and hydrophobic are two terms that are synonymous to each other. The hydrophobic characteristics of a stain-repellent clothing prevent liquids from being directly absorbed into the fabric. They often remain as small beads above the fabric. The wearer can then wipe off the liquid using a tissue without the fear of smudging and staining.