While I’m not a big fan of winter, I do like the fact that we have different seasons, and if I’m going to be completely honest, much of it has to do with clothing. My style varies with each season, and just as I’m getting bored with the things in my closet, the weather changes and so do my outfits. I love the wardrobe change; I don’t love the work involved.
My parents really like to purchase things for my sister, my niece, and me that we wouldn’t normally buy on our own. A number of years ago, my sister and niece both asked for designer handbags for Christmas, and my mom had so much fun shopping and purchasing their bags, and they have really enjoyed carrying those bags, that a new tradition began where my parents bought them an expensive bag every Christmas and birthday.
How long did you spend selecting your perfect wedding dress? The answer always varies, but it takes most brides a couple of months to find the one, and when you did, it was probably one of the best days of your life. Your wedding dress is not just a dress for a day, most likely you’ve been dreaming of this day and your gown since you were a little girl. No, it’s not just a dress for a day, it’s a symbol for all of those to come. Remember you’re going to look back at those photographs for the rest of your life. That’s why the choice and selection of the perfect gown was so important.
There is such a big difference between the way a custom-made dress shirt looks and holds up when compared to mainstream brands. Obviously, you pay a premium for custom-made dress shirts, but because they are custom-made for you, they fit properly. Plus, no corners are cut. For instance, many mass-manufactured dress shirts use adhesive around the seams of the pockets, collar, and cuffs, and because the adhesive weakens over time, the shirt simply won’t last as long or look as crisp as a custom-made dress shirt.
We always tell brides to have their gowns cleaned and preserved as soon as possible after the ceremony because the longer you let spills and stains sit on your garments, the less likely it is that a professional dry cleaner will be able to remove them. Sadly, we didn’t know as much back in 1974 or 1946 as we do today, but luckily for Margaret Rehder, we are as good as we say we are.
When you drop off your dress shirts to be laundered, we always ask if you’d like them to be starched. If you do, we separate them from those that aren’t going to receive starch, both batches are laundered according to specifications with the shirts receiving starch getting it through a separate cycle, then all shirts meet back up at the finishing department. But what exactly is starch and what purpose does it serve?
You feel like you haven’t had the shirt very long or at least you haven’t worn it that many times before you notice that slight discoloration, sort of a yellowish hue, underneath the arms. What is it? Perspiration. Actually, it is likely a combination of perspiration and anti-perspirant, and while that discoloring can form on other areas of your garments, it seems the most vulnerable area is under the arms.
Linen fabric is some of the oldest in the world with its history going back thousands of years. It was so valuable that it was sometimes used as currency in ancient Egypt, and mummies were wrapped in it as a display of wealth. Linen is made from the cellulose fibers that grow inside of the stalks of the flax plant, so one could really consider it a vegetable. Flax can grow in various climates, but it does best in cool, damp environments, so planting depends on where it is being grown. Once it’s planted, it lives for one growing season and is ready to be harvested in approximately 100 da