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When it Comes to Fashion the Labels Tell a Story

We are definitely excited at the beginning of a new season of fashion. We love seeing all the new trends and how they fit into an existing wardrobe. How does the Winter wardrobe transition to accommodate Spring? As the weather begins to get warmer lighter layers replace heavier jackets and scarves and brighter colours begins to emerge. Footwear becomes more spring-like with shoes replacing boots. Also, it’s fun and refreshing to add some stylish new pieces to your wardrobe.

Look for lighter weight fabric and choose pops of colour.
Warm weather days are a good time to move from boots to shoes.
Lighter fabrics are perfect for Spring.

Chances are, if you’re a discriminating shopper, you always look at clothing labels. Clothing labels are a great way to learn a more about the brand you are buying. These labels provide important information about the brand, the material, and how to care for the fabric.

1. The Brand

Where is the clothing designed and made? The bottom line is that producing ethical and sustainable clothing will cost more money. If the company designing this brand is paying a premium they are probably going to want to tell you about it and the label may provide this information.

2. The Material

With hundreds of natural and synthetic fibres used in the fashion industry today, it is easy to ignore the label and simply choose based on the feel or look of the fabric. However, not all materials are produced in the same way. If you want to make informed ethical choices about your wardrobe it is important to understand the implications of different fabrics.

3. How to Care for Fabrics

One of the first rules of laundering is to separate light clothing from dark clothing. However, it is still worth checking the care instructions of a garment before washing. In fact, it’s a good idea to check the care label even before buying!

It is law that all clothing sold in Canada must have labels. These labels must withstand at least 10 washes and include the following information:

  1. Fibre content

  2. Care instructions

  3. Country of origin

  4. Dealer identity

  5. Information must be legible and in both English and French languages.

4. Other Details

Product style, size and colour might be also included on the label since consumers often like to know this information.

Special Care Tips

In some of our past blogs we have suggested several ways to care for your clothing, footwear and accessories but it’s always worth repeating.

Silks and other delicates - With a good washing machine you can wash some of your silk blouses on the delicate/hand wash cycle. Often there is no need to have them professionally laundered. Whether using the washing machine or hand-washing we like a product called Soak. It’s made with plant derived ingredients, is gentle and environmentally friendly. The best thing about Soak is it’s a rinse-free product and we carry it in two sizes and in many scents.

Pilling on fabric - Invest in a good sweater shaver so knits that have pilled over time look like new again.

Hem repairs - When the stitching on the hem of a pair of pants comes undone, or you want to close a gaping blouse try Style Stick. This is a wonderful glue stick, the size of a tube of lipstick, and temporarily fuses most fabrics. It washes out and doesn’t harm the fabric.

Common Laundry Stain Removal

Here are some tips we think are helpful when removing some of the most common stains in clothing. Usually, the sooner the stain is treated the more likely it is to come out. Always test that the fabric is colourfast before using any of these methods. Once the treatment is applied, launder the item as usual.

Coffee or Tea - Rinse the stain from the back, and it should come out. If not, apply a small amount of liquid laundry detergent or dish soap and scrub.

Soda - Mix one tablespoon of liquid dish soap with one tablespoon of vinegar and two cups of warm water. Apply the mixture with a sponge to slowly remove the soda stain.

Wine - Create a mixture that is one tablespoon vinegar and 2/3 cup of rubbing alcohol.  Blot the wine stain using the solution.

Grease or Oil - Rub baking soda or water onto the stain.  Another option is to soak the item in vinegar for 10 – 15 minutes and then use dishwashing liquid and rub out the stain.

Lipstick - Apply rubbing alcohol to break down the stain.  Let this set overnight and launder as usual.

Mud - Pre-soak in a mixture of warm water and liquid laundry detergent then scrub the stain. If the stain remains, use vinegar or hydrogen peroxide.

Grass - Create a mixture that is one-part water and two-parts hydrogen peroxide (example: 1/3 c. water and 2/3 c. peroxide).  Scrub and rinse. If the stain persists, the item may need to soak in this mixture.

Sweat - There are a couple of options to try when it comes to removing sweat from clothing.

Option 1: Create a mixture of one-part lemon juice and one-part water.  Apply and allow this to dry in the sun to help bleach out the stain (and odour).

Option 2: Create a mixture of one-part water and one-part hydrogen peroxide and allow this to soak for an hour.

Ink or paint - There are several options. One of our favourites is to rub with dishwashing liquid and rinse.

Blood - Rinse the stain in cold water. Apply hydrogen peroxide to the stain and allow it to work. Rinse again. If the stain remains, try to use dishwashing liquid for the final stain removal.

Wax - Allow wax to dry completely and then scrape off as much as possible with a butter knife. Place paper towels or brown paper bags over the waxy area. Rub with a warm iron over the top of the paper. The heat will transfer the wax from the clothing onto the paper. Move the towel or bag around until all of the wax is gone.

Minor Stains - Who knew baby wipes can be used to remove stains from clothing and upholstery! These cleaning cloths will clean more then a baby’s bottom and are great to carry when travelling.

Heavy-duty Stains - Mix one tablespoon of hand dish washing detergent in two cups of hot water and add one tablespoon household ammonia. Apply the solution with a cloth or soft bristled brush and use a clean towel and blot the stain. These steps may need to be repeated a few times before the stain is gone.

Clothing care can make a big difference to the length of time your clothes survive and understanding what the symbols on labels mean take the mystery out of it.

We receive new clothing, accessories and footwear almost weekly so drop by either of our locations for a visit and stay for a coffee from our Nespresso machine.

Also, we are happy to offer a private shopping night with your friends, call us for more details at 403-938-6146 or 403-474-6141.

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