Caring for clothes is essential if you want them to look bright, fresh, and in great shape for as long as possible. And let’s face it, with kaftans as pretty as ours you’re going to want to wear them season after season! But how, exactly, should you care for them? Is it possible to wash your clothes too much? And what do all those clothes care symbols really mean, anyway? Here’s everything you need to know about caring for clothes.
If you spend your summers living on the beach or by the pool then this first caring for clothes tip is for you: rinse your swimwear every time you wear it! Whether your swimming in the ocean or the pool, saltwater and chlorine will both break down the fibres and the elasticity of your swimsuit, leaving them much more prone to damage. Even a quick rinse in cool water will go some way towards mitigating this risk, helping your favourite suit to last longer.
Caring for clothes during the cooler winter months might be easier said than done, but air drying your clothes will always be better for them than using the tumble dryer. Dryers break down the fibres in fabrics, particularly delicate fabrics, causing them to shrink and age much faster. By contrast, air drying clothes on a coat hanger allows them to breath and will prevent any pulling or wrinkling at the same time.
Learning to read the care labels on your favourite items of clothing is essential, but it can sometimes feel like learning to read Japanese without any lessons: almost impossible! Clothes care symbols will tell you exactly how your piece should be washed and dried. To make this easier, here is a quick breakdown of the most common ones:
It might sound a little disgusting, but many denim purists believe that jeans should never be placed in the washing machine. Instead any marks or stains should simply be spot cleaned by hand, making them the most low maintenance piece that you can have in your wardrobe! Denim isn’t delicate, so you don’t have to store it, fold it or iron it in any specific way: if you’re short on time then the jeans you threw over a chair will look just as good as those you folded and pressed.
Those delicates are, erm, delicate, so we always recommend that you handwash your underwear where possible, especially your bras. Underwiring in bras can become misshapen in a washing machine, which can also affect the support that the bra will offer you. Ultimately, this will affect the line of your silhouette and impact on the overall look of your outfit.
Finally, caring for clothes isn’t only about washing or drying them. One of the most important things you can do is invest in good coat hangers. Flimsy and narrow wire or plastic coat hangers often stretch the shoulders of the pieces that are on them, and can leave you with pulls, marks and mishappen outfits. Not a good look! Heavy wooden or padded coat hangers may be a little more pricey, but they will do a much better job of protecting your favourite pieces and, ultimately, helping them to last longer.
One Size: The one size kaftan has an inner side seam with a circumference of 140 cm and comfortably fits Australian sizes 8 through to 18.
|Plus Size: The plus size kaftan has a circumference of 210 cm and will comfortably fit up to an Australian size 24.|
Short Kaftans: Both the one size and the plus size short kaftans are 82 cm in length from the shoulder to the base of the hem.
|Mid Length Kaftans: Both the one size and the plus size mid length kaftans are 105 cm in length from the shoulder to the base of the hem.|
|Long Kaftans: Both the one size and the plus size long kaftans are 125 cm in length from the shoulder to the base of the hem.|