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Style Tips : Caring for your Dress

Caring For Your Dress : We have many clients come into the showroom to enquire about how to wash and look after their evening dress without damaging it.

So you have attended your special occasion in your beautiful dress and have had the best time and by the looks of it so has your dress!..So I have decided to give you some tips on how to make sure you keep your stunning evening dress newer for longer


Dress inspection

First step is to check washing instructions on the fabric label.

If the label says dry clean only, then do so if you wish but it doesn’t necessarily only have to be dry cleaned, it can just be gently soaked and hung out to dry. Sometimes it may be better doing otherwise and you can also save a bit of money. If it doesn’t have instructions, then it’ll be a bit difficult. But don’t worry, I am here to help you.

Check what fabric is used to make the dress.

Some fabrics like Silk , wool, chiffon, satin and even taffeta are quite delicate so they might need to be dry cleaned. Better safe than sorry! Most dresses nowadays are made from Polyester which can be washed in a gentle wash cycle or even hand washed.

Caring For Your Dress

Cleaning Methods

These are the three ways I advice when cleaning your evening dress:

Spot cleaning – This method is used for dresses that have fragile embellishments such as lace fabrics, sequins and intricate beading. You could also use spot cleaning for dirt marks, just spray some cleaner directly to the mark and take a clean dry cloth and rub briskly.  This method could also be used to pre-treat stains.

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Hand washing – This method can be used for dresses that have embellishments such as sequins, beading, lace or very delicate fabrics. We usually recommend hand washing with a detergent called Woolite as it is very gentle on fabrics. When hand washing rather use cold or lukewarm water as opposed to hot water, hot water stresses out fabrics and is not very gentle on them.

Gentle wash cycle – We recommend gentle machine washing if the dress is made from polyester material or if it has no embellishments. If the dress has a zip, zip the dress up to avoid the teeth of the zipper getting stuck. If the dress has corset, undo the corset.  Make sure that the dress is turned inside out, this also assures that no damage is done to the garment.

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Drying Your Evening Dress

Do not use a dryer or spin dry your evening dress. Its best not to wring the dress out as it can cause damage. When drying, it is best to air dry it by placing it inside out on a hanger and leaving it outside to dry. Placing the dress inside out will preserve the colour of the dress and prevent it from fading.



First of all, it is important to make sure that the iron and the ironing board is clean to prevent the dress from getting any unwanted marks. Some dresses have ironing instructions , it is good to follow if stated.

If the dress does not have ironing instructions, start ironing it on a low temperature at first and then slowly increase the temperature. If the iron starts to show signs of sticking then rather keep it on a low temperature.

We recommended using a steam iron or steaming the dress. It is more gentle on the dress as well as embellishments and does just as good a job as an iron. If you do not own a steamer, visit your nearest dress shop and enquire if they offer the service, we sure do!


Storing your evening dress

Store your dress in a cool, dry place. You could also use acid free tissue paper and place it in a box, check and change the tissue paper every 2-4 years. You could also store your evening dress in a suit bag and hang it in your wardrobe.


Caring For Your Dress


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