White shirts are a secret weapon of jewelry lovers. They are a perfect backdrop for layering on the statement bling. Here’s how to keep em white and pristine. Three favorites for now: Vince, Soft Surroundings, and Acne.
- How long you can keep a white shirt looking good depends most importantly on how it is laundered. If you send it out it will depend on the quality of the cleaners. Find the best one you can and opt for washing and pressing. Dry cleaning a cotton or linen shirt is not recommended. The dry cleaning solution does not remove water soluble stains including perspiration. The solution also contributes to yellowing.
- Almost all cotton (even good quality cotton) will shrink. Most shirt makers already compensate for this by making collars ½” larger and sleeves about ¾” longer. NEVER get a cotton shirt altered before it’s washed a couple of times. Sometimes it takes a couple of washings for all the shrinkage to take place.
- It’s best to wash a white shirt in warm to hot water. Unbutton the buttons, remove any collar stays and turn inside out before washing to protect buttons and allow soap to get right to perspiration stains.
- Soak in a mild detergent to remove stubborn spots. Avoid bleach or use VERY sparingly. Instead use non-chlorine bleach with peroxide or a detergent made especially for whites.
- To prolong the life of a cotton or linen shirt, air dry if possible. High quality white shirts are often made with mother-of-pearl buttons which are not as strong as plastic and can break and chip in the dryer.
- The shirt should be ironed on the cotton setting while it is still uniformly damp. If it isn’t, spritz dry areas it with water first. The usual order for ironing is collar, cuffs, sleeves, shoulders, fronts. Iron the back last then touch up anywhere that needs it. Hang on a hanger, button the top button, and hang outside the closet until leftover moisture evaporates.
- The best chance for removing ANY stain on white cotton or linen is to address it right away. Letting the garment sit in the hamper for days will make the stain set.
- Cotton and linen respond best to these suggestions when they are 100% natural.
- Blends and synthetic fabrics need different care. A shirt with is a blend of cotton and poly will not respond to the same types of washing and cleaning technique’s recommended for 100% cotton.
NOTE: I just tried the above technique on a favorite Anne Fontaine shirt that was looking yellow. I soaked it (in a TEENY bit of bleach) then machine washed, air dried and pressed while damp. TOTALLY revived the shirt!
I always think I can do it all. BUT I want to approach things differently this time by focusing only on the important stuff. Yesterday, I shared with you how a couple of sentences in a book inspired me to put together my list of things to remember before I go taking on the world (as I have a habit of doing). Here are my 8 Things to Remember BEFORE Biting Off More Than I Will Be Able To Chew.
1) Know what you need to succeed. For my jewelry business it’s a beautiful product line, sales outlets, and marketing plans to boost my visibility.
2) Of those things, identify what you will be the best at providing. For me it’s the product and the sales.
3) Decide how much you want to invest in the things you don’t feel as confident about. Yes, be willing to enter new territory, but don’t end up with too many learning curves all at once. It’ll drive you crazy. (Take if from one who’s been there.)
4) Of the things on your list that you feel less confident about, decide which ones you want to tackle and which ones are best left to experts.
5) I want to be engaged in my marketing, but I realize it’s a HUGE concept! It involves social media, learning how to pitch myself and my product to media and customers, and networking with people who can help me. I may find that I want to add professional help but for now I’m jumping in.
6) If you can’t do it and it needs to be done, figure out how to get it done. See point 7.
7) Network. Network. Network. You gotta give to get. . I’ve been very generous with my time and in return have developed a super network of people who help and mentor me in the jewelry business.
8) Beware of the time-sucking collaterals. In my case, it was learning photography so I could take photos of my products for my web site. Some of these can’t be avoided so it’s important to identify which are critical to the success of the project and plan how to get them done. My blog post for next week (April 25 will cover this topic)
No one can do it all. There’s no more powerful recipe for succeeding than focusing on the important stuff.
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Two muses + Two divergent styles = One modern Flashionista
Almost ALL fashion lovers can list with admiration the muses who inspired their personal style. My own first influencers were my mother and Sister Bernadine (my first grade teacher).
Mother favored chic suits worn simultaneously with big brooches and multi strand necklaces. She had a fabulous hat for every bad-hair day between her weekly hair appointments. In her glamorous shoe closet were some silk striped pumps with a matching clutch, which she owned in a blue combo and a fuchsia combo. When she found shoes she liked, she bought them in every color.
She also had a little pair of sparkly silver fold-up slippers that she tucked into her bag for the times her high heels got too painful (just like the Kardashian ladies do today…)
Sister Bernadine wore the same long pleated black dress and white wimple (headgear) every day. Her severe clothing formed the perfect back drop for her two standout accessories.
She wore a BIG cross around her neck that was a statement making pendant for sure. Then there was the HUGE rosary that was attached to her belt and hung past her kness. It swung and jingled wildly when she moved. When she walked quickly, she tucked it into the bodice of her dress to keep it from hitting against her knees and getting tangled in her legs.
What the two had in common was a personal style that let you know exactly who they were the minute you saw them AND the bold accessories that defined their style.
There’s nothing wrong with small and subtle jewelry but my accessory philosophy was formed at an early age and it is decidely NOT delicate! For me it’s big bold jewelry and lots of it!
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Besides designing my jewelry collection, I’m working on a social media maintenance plan, kicking my marketing into gear and learning photography. Each one has its own learning curve. But so far, the photography has been the toughest. I’m always in mental overdrive.
This past weekend, I spent time reading fiction, something I used to do before I started my job-juggling-self-propelled-re-invention. I read The History of Love by Nicole Krauss. Integrated into the story were a few lines about the philosophy of the Swiss sculptor and painter, Alberto Giacometti. I found it to be some of the best advice yet for anyone undertaking a project.
“…sometimes just to paint a head you have to give up the whole figure. To paint a leaf you have to sacrifice the whole landscape. It might seem like you’re limiting yourself at first, but after a while you realize that having a quarter–of-an-inch of something you have a better chance of holding on to a certain feeling of the universe than if you pretended to be doing the whole sky.”
There’s a clue here that says you’ll make more progress if you don’t allow the essence of the project to get compromised by collateral stuff. For me this resonated like a bass drum. I made a list for myself on how to use this information, which I’ll share with you tomorrow. I call it my 8 Things to Remember BEFORE Biting Off More Than I Will be Able to Chew.
I’ve never been one for fluffy greeting card sentiment. Sometimes all of that motivational inspirational stuff out there seems like the equivalent of eating too much cotton candy.
I’m looking for the REAL action plan. I’ve always been a voracious reader of self-help books. What have I learned from all of them?
What most of the authors have in common is that they did something well and are now telling us how to do it: their way. We all have our own ways of getting there. So use whatever tools, books, or workshops you need to find your way, then take action. Taking action toward any goal is the surest way to achieve it. Do. Do. Do.
My current Inspiration List:
It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want To Be, by Paul Arden. To give you an idea about the nature of the book, I bought my first copy at the Museum of Art and Design. Every time someone sees it laying around my house they WANT it. I’ve order it again and again. Open to any page and BE INSPIRED. Today’s page is 82: “If you get stuck, draw with a different pen.” Then read the short paragraph about how changing your tools can change your thinking.
The Style Checklist, by Lloyd Boston. In my library of style books, this one is at the top of my stack now. Boston is my style alter ego. He’s all about building around key items most of which (he says) are probably already in there! I decided to see for myself, I emptied a closet and designated it my style lab. Into it I will put all the gems (per Boston) I find I already own. Most of us have so much “stuff” in our closets we lose sight of the real winners. I’ll let you know what I find and I won’t add anything until I finish.
My current favorite Seth Godin book is The Dip. It’s good if you’re reinventing your career or your business. In anything worth doing there’s going to be a dip. He uses tennis as an example. The difference between a mediocre club player and a club champion isn’t just inborn talent-it’s the ability to push through moments where it’s just easier to quit.
As a creative person, I seem to have an unusual obsession with books I call DLIMs, dynamic leadership instruction manuals. My brain just NEEDS to keep seeing hearing and reading some things in order for me to focus, organize, and DO. There are lots of good ones and I probably own more than most. The one I tend to circle back to repeatedly is, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen Covey. It’s like a coaching manual for defining goals and clarifying how to reach them. Of course, once I KNOW what needs to be done I have to DO it.
Get over the notion that you need a lot of clothes. A well edited wardrobe in which every item works several different ways makes it easy to maintain consistent personal style.
With only a minimal number of the RIGHT pieces, you can create maximum style. Start by shopping your closet to see what’s there to build on. Whether your style is traditional, contemporary, or eclectic, you need basically the same number of pieces to work with. For instance a fall wardrobe can be built around the following core items.
1 Palette: Are you best in black/charcoal/white, brown/taupe/ecru, or navy/burgundy/ivory? Sticking to one is the basis to build on. A basic wardrobe doesn’t NEED both black and brown pants; it can lead to confusion because each palette needs different colors to support it. Most of us look best in one or the other.
2 Pairs of pants: These should be in whatever your basic dark colors are
1 Pair of jeans: No spangles, sparkles, rips, acid wash, or weird pocket details. Go for a dark wash, boot cut and great fit.
2 shirts: The perfect simple white shirt is a classic but solids and simple patterns are OK too. NOTE: White shirts have a shelf life. Plan on replacing them seasonally. They have a tendency to yellow, droop, and show their age when they’re in constant rotation. Crisp & white is the look you want.
2 Skirts: One solid and one pattern is a start.
7 Tops: This mix should contain layering pieces in basic colors (3), fine gauge sweater in a color that suits you and works with your core pieces (1), shirts (2), a printed shirt or blouse (1).
1 Jacket: Start with a basic. They can transform a look so don’t be afraid to add novelty jackets later.
For a business wardrobe, choose fabrics like gabardine and stretch woven bottoms and silk, cashmere, and fine gauge cotton tops. If you need a more casual wardrobe your core items can be denim, cottons, and knits.
If skirts aren’t your thing, then substitute pants for the skirts.
Prints pieces should work with at least two other items. If you opt for a patterned or printed top and skirt that match, you should be able to wear them separately. NOTE: dry cleaning can fade prints, so always send out your printed garments together (yes, even if one item doesn’t need it.)
Every item should fit without any buts about it. If a hem, button, sleeve, pocket or anything else is even a little off, take it to a tailor and get it fixed. All tailors display lists of common fixes and prices, most are not expensive. If a garment doesn’t fit well, it’ll never look good, no matter how much you paid for it.
See How It Should Look! We put together 2 core wardrobes. They will be posted here on Friday August 19, 2011.