Dry or Wet, What Do You Get?

"To clean or not to clean, that is the question."

I am pretty sure Shakespeare was talking about laundry methods

I am pretty sure Shakespeare was talking about laundry methods

Many people have asked me the difference between dry cleaning and laundering, and which method should be used for which clothes.  Although I'm far from being an expert, I have made enough mistakes with both to be qualified as an authority!!!!  

Dry cleaning is not dry.  It just doesn't use water.  It uses a room temperature solvent in which the clothes are immersed and from then on, the process becomes very similar to laundering; the clothes are put into the solvent in a washing machine-like appliance, agitated and then spun to remove the solvent.  Then they're dried by warm air and deodorized.  

Dry cleaning is generally considered to be easier on clothes than laundering, because there's no heat used in dry cleaning.  I always follow the instructions on the cleaning tag in the garment (I'm such a rules follower!) but I alternate the type of cleaning once in a while; for example, once every four times I launder a piece, I'll have it dry cleaned instead, to save wear and tear and to get out any water-resistant stains.  This is particularly true of jeans and cotton shirts-they need a break once in a while!  Also, the solvent used in dry cleaning can yellow a white garment, so every so often I'll (very carefully!!!) hand launder a white piece on cold and delicate and let it line dry and then press it-our Las Vegas sun is a natural whitener.  (If you don't live in Las Vegas, I'd skip that last step or you might end up with a white slab of ice!).  Also, a quick note on jeans-most people over wash their jeans.  Unless they're stained, jeans should only be washed every four or five times you wear them because the fabric will start to break down and once it does, it goes from crisp dark wash to limp distressed look rapidly!  Jeans, however, like most types of clothing, greatly benefit from that occasional dry cleaning and pressing to return them to that "like new" look and feel.

I take the majority of my clothes to the dry cleaner.  Shirts and most tops get laundered, while sweaters, dressy tops and pants get dry cleaned because water and heat can be bad for them.  Suede and leather go to a different dry cleaner that specializes in those fabrics (if you're in Las Vegas and you want their name, email, phone or text me!). Those pieces, along with velvets, sequined pieces or any really dressy items get dry cleaned only once every five or six times they're worn, to save on wear and tear and because they're generally worn for such a short time that they don't get dirty.  I steam out any wrinkles at home with my trusty Rowenta steamer.

Laundering and dry cleaning are subjects on which entire books have been written, so if you have questions on this delicate (ha-ha!!!) topic, please don't hesitate to email, text or call me.  I will be happy to do whatever research is necessary to answer your question correctly.  The end goal, of course, is that you have clothes that are clean, perfectly maintained and stylishly worn, so that, as always, you show that "trend is today but style is forever!"

Girl Crush - Kate Middleton Edition

Ok, I can't help it.  I have another girl crush.  Yes, you guessed right-it's Kate Middleton.  Aka the Duchess of Cambridge?  You know, the perfect one!  

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I am irresistibly drawn to women who wear clothes the way Kate does.  I know she's got all the money in the world.  I know she's got an amazing body that, apparently, she works very hard to keep.  But she wears the clothes, they don't wear her.  She carries herself the same, whether she's wearing her favorite jeans and striped T or an Emilia Wickstead white dress with pockets on the chest or an evening gown with perfectly chosen accessories.  Effortless.  Her makeup is never harsh or obvious.  Her nails are simple and short.  Her hair.......well, we've all obsessed about her hair.  It's as timeless as the rest of her look.  Kate Middleton truly knows that "trend is today, but style is forever!

Effortless - Striped Tee and Jeans

Effortless - Striped Tee and Jeans

Classic - Emilia Wickstead Dress

Classic - Emilia Wickstead Dress

Evening Gown Gallery (I couldn't choose just one!)

Bloguration - Fashion Edition

Forget politics.  It’s time to discuss the only truly important thing about the weekend of January 20th - the clothes!  Whatever your political stance, you have to admit that the Trump women looked pretty dang good that weekend!  Now, it’s not that I’m envious or anything, but Melania and Ivanka both wore dresses that I would cheerfully exchange body parts for.   Both of them obviously know their style and their bodies perfectly and choose clothes that flatter and fit flawlessly (how’s that for alliteration!)  and are chic, timeless and classic.  The next time I’m invited to a ball, or an inauguration (I know, I couldn’t believe I wasn’t invited either!)  I’ll be sitting with Melania and Ivanka because they’ll make me look good!!!!!

The Inaugural Balls were THE place for the First Lady and the First Daughter to shine. 

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Melania wore an ivory column gown by Herve Pierre, who used to design for Carolina Herrera and in this instance, was co-designing with Mrs. Trump herself.  I guess former supermodels learn more than how to walk and wear designer!  Anyway, that ivory gown was to die for!  Of course it was perfectly fitted, of course it was a perfect color.  It was also simple, elegant and cooly feminine.  (Am I gushing?  Sorry, can’t help myself!) 

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Ivanka, on the other hand, looked like every little girl’s image of a princess in a champagne and crystal ball gown by Carolina Herrera.  They were both the perfect foils to the menfolk who wore classic black tuxedos. 

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In contrast, the inauguration itself saw a different spin on fashion, when both Trump ladies wore monochrome outfits - Melania in a perfect ice blue Ralph Lauren dress, bolero jacket, gloves and pumps and Ivanka in a white Oscar de la Renta pantsuit. 

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That may have been the only fashion miss of the weekend - I didn’t like Ivanka’s long coat.  It buttoned under the bust and, I thought, pulled when she moved.  Anybody else think so?   But, as far as Melania’s“Jackie Kennedy-esque”  outfit, this is the quintessential argument of style over trend.   Jackie Kennedy wore monochromatic coat/dress combos 50 YEARS AGO!!!!  And we’re still talking about them!!!!!  Obviously Mrs. Trump is not jumping on a trend here! 

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And speaking of style over trend, could anything have been more stylish than Mrs. Trump’s Reem Acra gown from the Candlelight Dinner?  Will a perfectly cut, form-fitting dress in a neutral metallic fabric ever NOT be in style?  Put a perfect body in it and you’ve got a look that transcends trend and yet never goes out of fashion.

So, did I have a point to all this raving?  Yup.  It’s simple.  “Trend” is today but “style” is forever!

Valentine's Day Style Packages

Sad that all that holiday bling is put away?  Is the fact that the neighbors still have their Christmas lights up more painful than amusing?  Well,s the good news is there is another holiday on the schedule and Style Savvy has put together specially priced packages to celebrate it.  What better way to say “I love you” for Valentine’s Day then to give the gift that makes your loved one feel beautiful.  A special package from Style Savvy is the best way to say; “Here, be the most fabulous “YOU” you can be!”  

Cashmere - An Addiction You Need

The most cozy, comfortable feeling I can imagine is to be swathed in head-to-toe cashmere.  Heaven!!!  Thankfully, cashmere is now available at all price points and in most stores, so I can feed my addiction without robbing a bank.  If you share my fetish, read on and I'll tell you how to wrap yourself in this most luxurious, cuddly comfort for less than you'd imagine.

Cashmere is more expensive than wool because it is made from the underbelly hair of goats that live at high altitude.  (And no, they don't have to harm the cute little goats-they're shaved and turned loose to regrow their miraculously soft, sinfully delicate hair). 

Quinn - A Cashmere Goat - Living the Dream!

Quinn - A Cashmere Goat - Living the Dream!

Cashmere is softer, silkier and more cloudlike than any wool could ever be.  When I said that I wanted to be wrapped in it like a blanket, I meant completely surrounded, in a tracksuit, socks, gloves, beanie, shawl, coat and scarf, all of which are, thank God, available at less than Kardashian prices.  Ann Taylor and Ann Taylor Loft sell lovely sweaters in clear, melting colors.  Topshop offers hats and gloves in prices that only have two digits on the tag!  Macy's and Bloomingdale's have always sold sweaters in multiple styles and diverse colors in the $100-200 range.  J. Crew, Banana Republic, Anthropologie and Nordstrom all sell beautiful cashmere pieces at affordable prices.  So now you can surround yourself with this most luxe of all wools without surrounding yourself in high credit card bills!  What a happy coincidence in the dog days after the holidays!!  And what a wonderful way to celebrate the fact that "trend" is today, but "style" is forever!!!

Nordstrom - Cashmere Boatneck Sweater

Nordstrom - Cashmere Boatneck Sweater

Anthropologie - Cashmere Top and Shorts

Anthropologie - Cashmere Top and Shorts

Macy's - Turtleneck 

Macy's - Turtleneck 

Topshop - Cashmere Scarf

Topshop - Cashmere Scarf