How are your winter wares holding up? After testing out all of your sweaters, boots, and other cold weather apparel essentials, you might notice that they are a little worse for the wear. Check out my tips to keep your clothing and accessories like new!
Some of my favorite sweaters, the super cozy ones that I wear ’round the clock (and around the house) are pilling like crazy. Since chunky knits are in the wardrobe rotation more often than not, I need to keep them looking more vibrant than vintage. My solution? Costs less than a buck and you have it at home.
Grab a disposable razor (they come in multi packs at the Dollar Store) and make sure to remove any moisturizing strips (this will cause a nasty soap buildup on your sweater…ewwww). Then, simply “shave” the fuzzies from your sweater, taking care not to push too hard. It is best to use a single or double blade razor as opposed to those six blade deals- too many blades or pushing too hard can cause holes. You can also grab The Laundress New York Sweater Comb for $18 if you are concerned about taking a razor to your knits.
Cleaning Up Cashmere
I have a few cashmere sweaters, and when they hit the dry cleaning bin, I don’t see them forEVER. It is like a black hole. Instead, I started washing them at home with The Laundress Wool & Cashmere Shampoo (no, I don’t have a tie in to The Laundress, I just think their products are high quality).
Hunters in Bloom
Do you Hunters (or other natural rubber wellies) have a grey/white wax buildup? Don’t worry, totally normal. Since they are made out of natural rubber, some wax is included and “blooms” to the surface in particular environments. The fix? Armor All. Yeah, the stuff you use on your car. Spray it on, let it sit for a minute, then wipe it off. Good as new! You can also get the Armor All Protectant Wipes to make it easy. Also, I purchased these Sheepskin Insole Replacements to keep my feet warm in the winter, and they are a lifesaver.
Ladders and Hose
Not talking about firemen! I am SO sick of buying tights, pantyhose, whatever you want to call them. I have a drawer full of these things, each with a run in a different place that I rotate depending upon my hemline and what it will cover. Want to protect your investment? Freeze those assets. Seriously, freeze them. Doing this prolongs the life of your hose by strengthening the fibers. Run your new tights under water, pop in a freezer bag and slip them in the freezer for 24 hours. Let them thaw naturally and wear as usual after they dry.
Switch Up Your Sorels
I love my Joan of Arctics, but I want to switch them up from year to year (and yes, these are an investment that I plan on keeping for years and I don’t care if everyone has them- they are THE BEST BOOTS EVER). One of my fabulous best friends, Shibani of CLE Shopaholic: Things I Luuuuurve, solved this quandary for me recently. Her solution? Purchase different colored Derby Laces!
I bought these Gold SPARK Derby Laces on Amazon and they definitely changed the look of my boots for less than $10. Sorel stock laces are about 53″, so these gold ones are a bit long. If you want shorter laces, try these Red 60 Inch Derby Laces- perfect pair to spice up those Sorels!
Here are a few of my favorite Sorels- some are on sale right now so why not pick a pair up? You won’t regret it, these last forever.
Any tips or tricks for your winter wear you want to share?
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