Should You Hand-Wash Your Delicates?

Woman holding a pile of linen shirts in her hands

Whether it be a silk shirt or a lace bra, delicate clothing requires a different level of care compared to your everyday clothing. While you may be able to put these into the washing machine a few times, this will only end up ruining them in the long-term, making it important that you understand exactly how they need to be cared for.

What Exactly are Delicates?
Delicate items of clothing include those made from materials such as linen, silk and wool, as well as those that have been embellished or embroidered. Soft, thin cottons can also be classed as delicate clothing, as these can quickly become damaged in a washing machine due to the high heat and intense spinning cycles.

The Benefits of Hand Washing
While hand washing may take more time than throwing your clothes into a washing machine, it does come with some benefits. By hand washing, you have complete control over the whole washing process, meaning not just over how the garment is handled, but also the water temperature used. With hand washing, you are also able to stop washing as soon as your delicates are clean, whereas a machine would keep going until that cycle has ended, even if your clothing does not need the extra washing time.

How to Hand Wash Delicates
When hand washing delicates, you should always group together similar items, such as having all silk items together and all embellished items together, as this will prevent the materials from each one interfering with the others. Simply fill a basin with lukewarm water, as well as some detergent, making sure to pick one that has been designed for delicate clothing. These will usually be milder, meaning that they will be far more gentle on your clothes. Swirl your delicates around in the basin, paying close attention to any spots or stains, before leaving them to air dry. If you have delicates that can easily be stretched, leave these lying flat on a towel rather than hanging them.

Smiling woman putting clothes into washing machine

Machine Washing Delicates
Some washing machines have a special setting for delicate clothing, but, even if yours does not, there are still ways in which you can wash your delicates in a machine, although this does come with a few risks. To prevent the delicate fabrics from becoming tangled, use the half load option on your machine, and make sure to set it to a cool or lukewarm water temperature, as well as the slowest spin cycle there is. Again, just like with hand washing, delicates should be air dried rather than put into a dryer.

Your delicate clothing is likely to be amongst your favorite items of clothing, so it is important to wash them in the right way, so that they will be able to last for as long as possible. Even if you are not able to hand wash them, make sure that you take the necessary steps before putting them into a machine, as this will prevent them from experiencing any damage.

Outdoor Wedding Outfits

Beautiful bride

Choosing an outfit for an outdoor wedding can be quite tricky, especially during the summer, because not only do you have to take into account the weather and the time of day, but you also need to make sure that your outfit is well-suited to the actual location. From the most breathable fabrics to the most suitable colors, here are some tips for putting together fabulous outdoor wedding outfits.

Breathable Fabrics
Enabling a good rate of air flow around your body is important in the summer, but this can only be done if your outfit has been made from breathable fabrics. A quality, lightweight cotton is one of the most breathable fabrics out there, absorbing moisture, while polyester should always be avoided, as its water resistant qualities mean that any sweat will be trapped beneath your clothes, causing discomfort and irritation. Linen is another natural fibre that will not cling to your body, whereas rayon is another synthetic fabric that repels water, meaning that any sweat will end up gathering in unsightly places. Silk and chiffon are also great fabrics to wear and are often more suited to a wedding than cotton or linen.

Beautiful bride

Colors
For a summertime outdoor wedding, keep your outfit’s colors as light and airy as possible. Floral dresses are often an obvious choice during the summer months, but opt for pastels or bright colors rather than dark and moody prints, as these are much better suited to the happy ambience of a wedding.

Location of the Wedding
Of course, your wedding outfit needs to be well-suited to the actual location of the wedding. If it is going to be somewhere hot and dry, a breezy dress will work well as you will need help staying cool, while if the location is somewhere that is known to be quite windy and blustery, you will need to pick an outfit that will not be affected by any strong gusts.

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Accessories
When it comes to your accessories, as well as your hair and makeup, it is best to keep everything as minimal as possible. Chunky or large jewellery is likely to only end up irritating your skin in the heat, while any heavy makeup will just slide off, requiring plenty of tiresome retouching sessions.

Shoes
While stilettos may usually be your footwear of choice for a wedding, these will not work so well for an outdoor wedding, as they will cause you to keep sinking into any grass. If you do not want to wear flats, then look for some stylish wedges instead, as this will keep you steady on your feet while still giving you a bit of extra height.

Everybody wants to look their best at a wedding, but this can often be more difficult to accomplish when the wedding is being held outdoors in the summertime. Fortunately, by knowing which fabrics and styles to pick, you will be able to put together an outfit that not only looks stylish, but will also keep you comfortable and happy throughout the day.

Classic Fabrics are Back

Fashion is a cycle, meaning that trends tend to repeat themselves, whether it be ten or fifty years later. These trends can be anything from design details to silhouettes, but, for 2016, it would seem as though classic fabrics have made their way back into the spotlight.

Chambray shirt

Chambray
Chambray is a plain-weave fabric that is similar to denim, but differs in the way in which it is woven. Chambray manages to bring together elegance and comfort in a way that other fabrics cannot do, and is such a classic fabric that it deserves a place in everybody’s wardrobe. This versatile and timeless fabric can be styled in so many different ways, whether you choose to opt for a classic look of chambray pants and a crisp white shirt, or a chambray shirt paired with dark denim skinny jeans to highlight the unique qualities of the chambray.

Sheer fabric dress

Sheer Fabrics
Sheer fabrics are set to be extremely popular this year, with chiffon and silk making quite the comeback. The beauty of sheer fabrics comes from the way in which they suggest rather than show, and they can be manipulated into so many different silhouettes that they are actually more versatile than many believe. Temperley London has a Victorian full-skirt silhouette dress that contains design elements dating back to the 1700s, but, with the sheer fabrics that are used, the dress is instantly brought into modern times. Jason Wu has a few dresses that experiment with combining sheer and fringe, while Boss has designed a masculine structured shirt with beautifully feminine, delicate sheer sleeves.

Silk dress

Silk
Silk is one of the most luxurious fabrics you can wear, and is expected to be seen in all shapes and forms this spring. For a light and airy printed silk blouse that will channel the colors of spring even if it is still cold outside, head to Banana Republic, while those who want something a bit more casual can find a printed silk t-shirt at Joe Fresh. Banana Republic also have some wide-legged silk pants that are the perfect silhouette for pairing with a fitted top. Of course, one of the easiest ways to incorporate silk into your wardrobe is by investing in a silk scarf, as this can be worn with just about any outfit, giving your look a timeless and sophisticated quality.

Satin dress

Satin
Satin is another classic fabric making a comeback, which is only a good thing, as this fabric always feels soft against the skin. Satin is related to silk, another fabric that will be extremely popular this year, but many consider satin to be much more modern and sexier than silk, while still retaining its luxurious and expensive feel.

Classic fabrics can be styled in so many different ways, and can be dressed both up and down, so it is always advantageous when they are back on trend. From floaty sheer sleeves on a masculine shirt to a fitted silk t-shirt, classic fabrics are being used in new and innovative ways, giving them a freshness that makes them perfect for this year.

Best Fabrics for Skin

Woman picking out a cotton tee

We’re used to a dizzying variety of fabrics in being used to make out clothing and each one of them seeming to have different instructions for care. This top needs to be washed in warm, but not too warm water while the bottom needs to be washed in cold water and hung out to line dry. One load of laundry can end up feeling like fifteen before you’re done. All of the fabrics do have their uses though. Not all of those fabrics are necessarily the best for your skin though. While we may be used to marathon clothes washing, We think you might want to consider going through your wardrobe and consider expanding the fabric types in particular directions. It should help simplify the washing and might even benefit your skin.

Cotton
Plain and simple cotton is one of the best things for your skin. It needs relatively little treatment to be used as clothing. It breathes. The fabric itself is highly versatile as the weave often determines how soft it feels and how durable it is. Cotton clothing is also simple to deal with when cleaning most of the time. People have used cotton for clothing for centuries for the very reason that it is so good at what it does. Remember that we’re talking about plain cotton clothing though. Cotton blends use synthetic fibers that get various treatments as part of the creation. The blend itself also has to be made to mesh well together. This isn’t necessarily bad for you, but those with more sensitive skin are likely to react in some cases.

Silk
Everyone knows about the luxury of silk as assuredly as they know of the versatility of cotton. Silk isn’t quite a visually durable as cotton can be due to the particular weaves it uses, but as a material it is often stronger. The issues with silk mainly come from snagging. However, it is dyed in an array of beautiful colors that not only take to the colors, but keep silk’s unique shine. The material is also luxuriously soft to the touch on skin. A part of what makes silk so good for your skin is the same thing that makes full cotton clothing good for your skin: it tends to be almost entirely natural. This makes it suitable for even the most sensitive skins. If you can’t take to a particular dye, then it is easy enough to avoid with without skipping the entire material.

Fleeces
Yes, infamously scratchy sweaters get made from wool, a fleece, but not all fleeces are made equally. What they all share in common is that they get sheared off of animals from the world over. Lots of names get applied to the individual fleeces though. Angora, cashmere, mohair, and just plain wool are all kinds of fleece. The exact texture tends to vary from species to species. Anyone who has touched cashmere and angora can vouch for how soft those are next to the infamous sweaters of legend. But even plain wool can be soft and warm given the right handling. The trick is finding fleece clothing that feels good to your skin and doesn’t cause any sort of reaction. You’ll then have comfortable, warm, and tasteful clothing to wear that won’t harm your skin.

Nature typically seems to provide good solutions for a lot of things. This is especially true when it comes to selecting materials that are kind to your skin. You should favor natural fabrics over synthetics if you’re truly dedicated to caring for your skin. Less processing means less of a chance for a bit of fabric to be exposed to potential reaction causing chemicals. There are plenty of nature fabrics out there that you can try as well. Some are like fleeces and others are made from unexpected plant sources like bamboo. Experiment, but keep Mother Nature in mind.

How to Prevent Sleep Wrinkles – OROGOLD Reviews

Although wrinkles are one of those natural side-effects that come with age, we are all determined to put them off for as long as possible, investing in an array of anti-wrinkle creams and other cosmetic products. Although you may think that a good night of sleep will help to erase away any lines that developed during the day, this is not exactly true. After the sun has penetrated into your skin, lying with your face on a pillow in the same position night after night only results in those same lines being ironed into your face, giving you deep wrinkles at a much earlier age. OROGOLD Cosmetics shows you how to prevent sleep wrinkles.

Woman sleeping on a pillow.

Sleeping Position
The best way to avoid sleep wrinkles is by adjusting your sleeping position, sleeping on your back instead of your side. If you have already tried this, and find yourself back on your side in the mornings, try placing a pillow under your knees, and a U-shaped pillow around your head, to stop you from rolling over. If you are still finding it unavoidable to sleep on your side, position yourself so that the lower half of your face is not touching the pillow. This will help to stop the marionette lines, the ones that run from your nostrils to the corners of your mouth, from forming.

Woman holding a pillow in her hand.

Change Your Pillow or Pillowcase
There are certain types of pillows available for those who prefer to sleep on their side, decreasing any physical stress that is placed onto your face. It may be worth investing in a specialty pillow that will support your neck and keep your face off the pillow at the same time. You could also try using a pillowcase that is made from satin or silk, as the slippery surface helps to reduce the friction between your face and the pillow, minimizing any bunching of fabric that would have caused deep creases on your face. Pillowcases that have copper-infused fibers are also available, and these claim to help stimulate collagen, resulting in younger looking skin.

Woman applying moisturizer on her face.

Sleep with Clean Skin
It is important to make sure that every night before bed, you thoroughly wash your face, cleaning away perspiration, makeup and oil that has built up throughout the day. If you don’t, your pores will start to get clogged up, not only resulting in breakouts but also preventing any fresh new cells from coming to the surface. A night cream that moisturizes your face can also help to enhance your skin and repair any damage. As we age, the production of collagen in our skin slows down, reducing the elasticity, which is why, as we get older, any sleep wrinkles do not fully fade away the next day. Mature skin is also drier as it contains less oil, making any wrinkles more visible, but a good night cream can help to combat this to some extent.

For women who sleep on their side, the most noticeable lines will appear around their mouth, cheeks and chin, whilst for men, these usually appear on the forehead. OROGOLD believes that preventing sleep wrinkles is a simple step that all can take to ensure that the skin keeps its clear, youthful glow for as long as possible.