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Expert Tips to Make Your Winter Sweaters and Knits Last

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Whether you live in sunny California, a ski town in Colorado, or here in NYC (where it is absolutely frigid right now!), sweaters are always a winter necessity.

But as you start to wear your sweaters more, it's important to take good care of them to make sure they last (snags, pulls, and pills are just the worst, aren't they?). To answer all of our knitwear care questions, we turned to sweater maven, White + Warren founder and chief exec, Susan White Morrissey.

Use Morrissey's expert tips below and you'll easily elongate the life of some of your most beloved cozy winter essentials!

Expert Tips to Make Your Winter Sweaters and Knits Last

Fold, don't hang: "Always fold your knitwear and store it in a cool place."

Don't worry if you don't wash your knits very often: "Since we are all layering with tanks, tees, and wovens, the sweaters are not next to our skin so much—a wash after a few wears is my suggestion. But, for some [lesser worn] sweaters, only once a season is just fine."

Always hand wash instead of using the washing machine or dry cleaner: "Take the time to take care of them—hand wash for sure! Washing will rid your garments of perfume, body oils, and food from wearing, which can leave stains behind and become a potential food source for moths."

Unsure of how to properly hand wash your sweaters? Morrissey gives us the perfect step-by-step guide!

  1. Turn the garment inside out to wash.
  2. Prepare your clean basin or sink with cold water and The Laundress Wool & Cashmere Shampoo.
  3. Submerge your garment and gently wash with your hands.
  4. Thoroughly rinse the garment in clean water. Be sure that all the soap has been rinsed out and press out excess water. DO NOT twist or wring it out!
  5. To dry, place the garment on top of a towel, making sure it is flat and in its original shape.
  6. Roll up the towel with the garment inside to remove excess water.
  7. To finish drying, place the garment on a dry towel or drying rack.

Aside from holes or stains, wondering when to upgrade your stash? "Since I have to wear new White + Warren each season, I really enjoy passing along most of my knits to friends! They love it. But I love wearing pieces from the archives. Also, color is a big reason to trade in for a new. In order to prolong the life of your knits, treat them with care and don't be afraid to throw some color around!"


Read on for cute and cozy outfit ideas you can style this season, using all of your favorite winter sweaters:
Cute and Casual Winter Outfit Ideas: 7 Looks for When You Just Want to Be Cozy
25 Winter Date Night Outfit Ideas
15 Stylish and Easy Ways to Wear Your Skinny Jeans Right Now

Struggling with your cold-weather style? Try these expert tips to pep up your winter outfits.










Expert Tips to Make Your Winter Sweaters and Knits Last

Pro Tips: How to Care for Your Favorite Gold, Silver, and Diamond Jewelry

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Some of us ladies spend lots of time daydreaming about sparkly things, but admittedly less time thinking about how best to take care of that glitter once we've got it—raise your hand if you're guilty of treating your precious stones less than preciously. So, to help us all keep our beloved sparklers sparkling, we rang up the folks at John Hardy, who are celebrating their 40th anniversary with a limited edition collection of their intricate signature chain bracelets, to get some tips and tricks for keeping 'em clean on a busy girl's schedule.

Pro Tips: How to Care for Your Favorite Gold, Silver, and Diamond Jewelry

This bracelet took 35 hours to make. You can spend 45 seconds to clean it properly.

Each of John Hardy's limited-edition bracelets are hand-woven and hand-set by artisans in Bali, with some of them taking more than nine days to craft. But even if your favorite baubles are slightly less labor intensive, you should still treat 'em nice. Polly Purser, the director of design and heritage at John Hardy, shares some excellent tips for doing just that:

Treating and caring your jewelry with the same respect is important—but you can properly clean your bracelet in a few minutes following these easy steps.

1. Silver. At home, use a mild liquid detergent solution. For silver pieces, it is more important that you choose a mild cleaner without bleaching agents, abrasives or ammonia, and that you don't soak for too long, as the silver can oxidize over time. Soak the jewelry in a very warm solution of water and detergent for about a minute and then rinse the jewelry clean. Once dry, brush your jewelry gently with a soft brush to loosen any stubborn dust or dirt. Dry the piece with soft cloth.

2. Gold. After wearing, wipe your jewelry with a soft cloth. Put your jewelry on last, after cosmetics, perfume, hairspray and other chemical substances that can dull and discolor the stones and metal. Finally, store your jewelry pieces separately, in a jewelry box or pouch to avoid scratching.

3. Diamonds. While pavé-set diamonds (like the Classic Chain Bracelet below) are absolutely wearable and extremely well-made, special care should be taken when handling these precious pieces. Make sure to keep your bracelet away from chlorine or other harsh chemicals, as this will damage the diamonds, and always store it separately from other pieces to avoid scratching.

4. Colored Stones. Jewelry wearers often forget to wipe their jewelry down after wearing, but this is a very important step, especially for the pieces that feature colored gemstones. After wearing, thoroughly clean the piece with a soft, slightly damp cloth or tissue. This step takes just thirty seconds and will enhance the luster of the stones.
Pro Tips: How to Care for Your Favorite Gold, Silver, and Diamond Jewelry

Clockwise from left: The 40th anniversary chain collection; a Balinese artist hand-setting diamonds into the 18 karat Classic Chain diamond bracelet; two of the 18 karat gold bracelets from the collection. But remember, don't store yours like this!











Pro Tips: How to Care for Your Favorite Gold, Silver, and Diamond Jewelry

The Closet That Cleans, Irons, and Deodorizes Your Clothes

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Even though it might look like one, this is not a fridge for your clothes—but it does keep your outfits fresh. Meet the just-launched LG Styler, a hi-tech wardrobe storage solution that doesn't just house your dresses, coats, and separates—it steams, presses, and deodorizes them before your next wear.

The Closet That Cleans, Irons, and Deodorizes Your Clothes

If you've ever reached into your closet in the morning only to discover that the shirt, pants, or dress you were planning on wearing for an important meeting or event wasn't prime-time ready, you'll appreciate the LG Styler.

The Closet That Cleans, Irons, and Deodorizes Your Clothes

Calling itself a "clothing management system," the wardrobe-esque appliance is a multi-tasking storage device that performs four key tasks:

1. Quick Refresh: Place your just-worn clothes on the moving hangers and they'll be shaken out—making them feel fresher and cleaner.
2. Deodorizer: The Styler uses steam and fragrance to remove daily wear smells from clothes.
3. Pants presser: Removes wear-creases—those lines at the knees—and presses pleats into dress pants
4. Steamer: The built-in steamer helps keeps clothes neat and wrinkle-free—plus helps neutralize odors.

The LG Styler just made its debut at Fashion Week here in New York, so stay tuned for more info on when it's available to purchase.

Would you consider buying something like this? Kat and I are already trying to craft a plan to acquire one for the office.










The Closet That Cleans, Irons, and Deodorizes Your Clothes