Sunday, October 9, 2011

Washing Blazers by Hand?

blazer~Ann Taylor
chambray shirt~thrifted
skirt & clogs~TJ's
I had a hippie friend that swore you could wash blazers by hand.  I didn't believe it.  I was always afraid to risk it, but as a few of my better blazers aged--I found I didn't have much to loose.   I tried it.


This blazer was my first try and I am very pleased!  As long as the manufacturer pre-shrinks all the fabrics, I think you are safe.  But you never know.  Just like one of those pieces you take to the cleaners and it returns not the same size.....

Back to the outfit.  I love the colors--the blue in the chambray shirt is actually more saturated.  And you may know by now--one of my favorite shoes for the season?  CLOGS!

 
Just a great all-weather shoe.  Do I sound too utilitarian? 


Oh, and I almost forgot!  How appropriate that we had torrential rains earlier in the week, so I can show Patti over at Not Dead Yet Style what I wear in the rain!  Happy Visible Monday!

15 comments:

  1. You look so good in this color! Looks like most of us got rain..we were so happy here! I take my blazers to the cleaners, because I want them to hold that great tailoring and fit...so I look like I lost weight when I really didn't!! Your outfit is so cute!

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  2. I wash a lot of things that are supposed to be dry cleaned, and so far, so good. Love those colors! And that raincoat is so cute, and practical -- I gotta get one like that.

    Thanks for participating in Visible Monday.

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  3. Never heard of washing blazrs by hand. I must try this. Adore th colour of the blazer - so bright and cheerful. Happy Monday to you;-)

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  4. I see you have some nice rain there. last time it rained here was 7 month ago.
    Nice layering, Paula.
    I am also a hobby blogger. I had offers os advertising and turned them down. Ivery much like Bill Cunninham: "If they don´t pay, they cannot tell you what to do".LOL
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  5. I've never dared to wash blazers by hand. But I have one with mother-of-pearl buttons that my cleaner will NOT take responsibility for. (I clean it rarely, and have their tailor remove the buttons beforehand and then put them back on! Idiocy!) I was planning to eventually replace the buttons, but maybe I should try washing by hand. (Don't really love the jacket, anyway).

    Love your rain outfit! I finally got the boots but need to upgrade the raincoat. You look adorable.

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  6. I've also been hand washing things that are supposed to be dry cleaned and so far it's working out great.

    Coral pink is one of my favorite colors -- I see that your blazer closely matches the color of those flowers.

    As soon as I discovered clogs I feel in love with them.

    Cute rain boots!

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  7. Now that's a rain slicker!
    I've never tried hand washing a blazer - or really handwashing anything except delicates - and only then when I'm in a pinch. This is good info to know!

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  8. A rain poncho is a great thing!

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  9. I don't think loving clogs is too utilitarian at all. They are great all weather shoes, can't deny that! and I love all the layers you have going on in this outfit.
    -Meagan
    www.spunkychateau.com

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  10. Did you use a particular detergent, like Woolite, to wash the blazer? I'm curious. I love laundry and I wash plenty of things by hand. I also love to vacuum and Swiffer. It's true. XO, Jill

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  11. Now that's one colorful raincoat. You are brave to hand wash a blazer. Maybe I'll give it a try. Your blazer plays off the beauty of the plant in your photos.

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  12. I love that you cinched the waist to accentuate your great figure. Chambray shirts are all the rage and I love that pop of color!


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  13. I love your color combo, super cute on you. We had sunny weather all weekend- good rain gear you have there, would be perfect if it rains in NY - going Oct 21!

    Ariane xxxx

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  14. Pam~I am trying the hand washing when my blazer is on its last legs so if they loose their shape, I'll probably be no worse off!
    Patti~me too! Especially silks--they seem to come out better had washed.
    Fashion~Hand washing sort of gave them another life!
    Sacramento~You are so good at answering and commenting on blogs--and you are good too at posting on FB and tweeting!
    Anne~Hey, try the hand wash thing--you've got nothing to loose!
    Susan~true about the clogs--I've been a believer for about 10 years now--and have caught a lot of flack some years....
    Vanessa~I hand wash a lot of my clothes. Guess it must be the old yankee in me! lol
    Wendy~And this one has cute lining on the hood---just wish I could get the wrinkles out of it--cant iron it!
    Meagan~And some of the clogs this year are high fashion and those certainly arent practical!
    Jill~Woolite always. I love to hand wash, but the rest? ugh/
    Judith~The world needs more orange so I fill it with clothes or flowers!
    Jill~the shirt is a little full so I did need to belt it. Thanks I will stop by!
    Ariane~I always pack it--but I hope you dont have rain!

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  15. I think you can hand wash pretty much anything, but I'm lazy so I head to the dry cleaners!

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