Black - 5 Rules to Live by When Wearing Black Clothes
Date: Apr 25th, 2008 1:34:00 am - Subscribe
Why I Love Wool and So Should You
Wools are always a deeper black than cottons (wool holds dye better) which is why when I'm buying black trousers, sweaters and of course suits, I stick to wool. And what's even better is wool doesn't fade like cotton does over time.
Matching Your Blacks
No matter what the fabric, shades of black differ so be careful when putting an all black outfit together. For example, when pairing a black shirt with black trousers, the black shirt might have a purple cast while your black trousers have a brown cast. These differences are subtle, but important.
Cotton - Proceed with Caution
When it comes to cottons, they fade rather quickly which is why I like to buy black cotton shirts that have a touch of lycra in them. The synthetic fiber helps cotton hold the dye better. I also like to buy mercerized cotton shirts since the blacks are deeper and richer than other cottons.
Caring for Your Black Clothes
If it is black (or dark), dry clean it. Even if you launder your shirts, dry clean the black (or dark) ones. It will keep the color from fading as quickly. When it comes to washing black (or dark) cotton items at home, use a cup of vinegar the first time you wash a new article. The vinegar helps set the dye. If that sounds unappealing, you can use WOOLITE Dark Laundry Fabric Wash which is specially formulated to minimize the fading of colors and maintain color intensity. Also, always use cold water with your dark items.
Know When to Say Goodbye
Retire clothes when they start to fade. Faded blacks just make you look tattered and we don't want that now do we?
How to get the fluff or threads from black clothes easily :
Remedies from other bloggers :
- wash the clothes wrong side out, and only with dark colors.
- Scotch Tape will take the fluff off easily and quickly in a pinch.
- try not to wash them with white clothes.
- Take a wet sponge and wring it out real good, now gently go over the clothing with the sponge and collect it all together and remove. You still might have to use the masking tape for the rest. before you wash you black clothes Let the washer run on a rinse cycle add 1/2 cup of vinegar to clean the washer, and see if that helps.
- roll tape backwards onto your hand and stroke sweater or there is an item called a sweater stone which works wonderfully.. or use a disposable razor and shave off the bumps.
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