Now that we've sold you on the importance of adding cashmere to your Essential Wardrobe, we thought we explore how to keep those luxe knits in tip-top shape. We asked knit queen Ellie Aitken of Sydney-based cashmere brand Aitken & Co. for her expert advice. From the best way to wash (or not!), store and de-pill, Ellie had some killer tips. We'll let her take it from here, "To ensure your cashmere continues to look beautiful for many years to come it must be handled with care. Being a devoted cashmere wearer myself, here are my top tips for caring for your luxurious cashmere garments. . . "
If you're familiar with the edit of local e-tailer My Chameleon, you'll know that the founder-slash-buyer-slash-creative director has seriously cool taste. Giselle Farhat has curated an understated mix of lesser-know brands and designer labels that all share a sense of non-flashy yet distinctive aesthetic appeal. We assumed that this expert eye would extend to her own wardrobe, and guess what? We assumed right! From iconic handbags to knock-about flats, Givenchy heels to cosy knits, Giselle's closet is an essay in discreet style. Take the tour!
Don't worry, it's happened to the best of us. You're out for a night with your friends, or headed to work, and tragedy strikes — your high heel breaks! Worry not, we've got the solutions to help you fix it on the spot. Thus, let us introduce to you a few miracle products, including Shoe Goo, E-6000, and Quick Tips! Click "play" to hear how they work — and your heels can thank us later.
It's safe to say most occupations employ a vernacular all their own — fashion speak, legalese, and medical jargon immediately come to mind — so it goes without saying that heading to the tailor requires a certain level of terminology know-how too. That is, unless you want your pant leg to be darted instead of hemmed. No need to be embarrassed about your current tailor-talk knowledge: this is a glossary safe zone. Is there a difference between bespoke and custom pieces? What is a vent? No, it's not an air filter we're referring to. When do you "take something in" as opposed to requesting darts — or do you do both? Is a cutter something scary? Read on for tailoring-term enlightenment and insurance against any further miscommunications.
- Baste — Basting is kind of like the bread and butter of tailoring and altering a piece of clothing. It describes the action of sewing long, easily removable stitches that are used to mock up a fitting, hold into a zipper into place, and keep slippery fabrics from moving. The next time your tailor is stitching you into something, chances are they're basting.
- Bespoke — A bespoke piece of clothing refers to a garment made from scratch to fit a customer's specific measurements and requirements. Its origin dates back to the days of London's Savile Row, when a customer ordering a garment would select and reserve a cloth or fabric, which automatically made it "bespoken" or "spoken for." Thus, there's no difference between bespoke and custom wares, as both speak to a totally personalised experience. More often, people get confused between bespoke and made-to-measure goods. Made-to-measure pieces are tailored from a standard-sized pattern mold; while the end result can be tailored to fit your body, the initial piece of fabric was not made especially for you.
- Cutter — Contrary to the sound of it, a cutter is the person who measures and fits the customer. From there, he or she makes a pattern from the measurements and observations of the customer's figure and posture.
Do you have a blush that's been sitting in your makeup bag so long, you can't remember where, when, and why you bought it? If that's the case, it might be time to clean house. All makeup has an expiration date, and knowing what it is can help you avoid an uncomfortable (and even gross!) beauty situation. Watch and learn when it's time to toss your products.
While there are a lot of things that are pretty awesome about being a full-blown beauty addict (like always having the perfect lipstick or nail polish shade), you do begin to accumulate a fair amount of products. And the problem with having 20 eyeshadows, 17 makeup brushes, and seven concealers is figuring out how to store everything. Luckily, there is a bevy of cute ways to display your makeup while keeping everything neat and tidy — because there's nothing worse than not being able to find your salmon-coloured blush when you need it. Flip through to see some of the cutest ways to store your makeup.
For today's how-to, we're showing you how you can get your engagement ring clean and sparkly using household remedies. And all of these techniques are perfectly safe for all different types of precious stones and metals. Whether you want to try using baking soda, dishwasher detergent, or ammonia, your precious piece will be clean and sparkly in no time. The bonus? You can also use these tips to clean other pieces in your jewellery box.
What better time to refresh your what not to wear guidelines than the start of a new year? In our years on the job, we've seen some pretty bad stuff: nip slips, visible underwear, exposed bra straps, and far, far worse. But beyond the more obvious missteps, like revealing too much, there are a handful of other fashion blunders that can wreak havoc on your style. We're breaking them all down below — and giving you the cures to correct even the most dreaded of fashion faux paus. Read on:
- Those dreaded, yellowing underarm stains. After a certain amount of wear, it becomes almost inevitable that our white button-downs and t-shirts start to yellow under our arms (come on, it happens to everybody) — and it's not caused by what you think. Sweat is not the culprit, but rather the reaction of your sweat with aluminum, a common ingredient in most deodorants. The Solution: While the best solution is to toss our tops when that starts to happen, we can be a little more diligent about cleaning our whites to ensure the process is, at the very least, a little slower. We recommend investing in some special detergent or good old OxiClean or Preen for the best results. Whatever you do, steer clear of bleach, which can cause more harm to the garment's fabric and colour.
- Sizing up/sizing down. One of the worst (but easiest to prevent), sizing can make or break a whole look. Case in point: those gaping holes between buttons on a button-down that's much too snug across the bust, seaming that hits too high or low (or anywhere it's not supposed to), long sleeves that are too short/too long, or pants that are far too tight. These all add up to outfit mistakes that can cheapen your look — but they're easy to avoid. The Solution: Pay attention to fit and fabric when you're shopping. No matter how deep the discount, it's never a bargain if it just doesn't fit. The only loophole is a good tailor — if you score a great designer find that's just a little too big, tailoring can do the trick. Just be warned: it's easier to take in a garment than it is to let it out.
The dreaded red wine stain; we've all been there. There is nothing worse than that slow-motion horror you experience as the big spill happens, but lucky for you, we've taken it upon ourselves to sleuth out the best red wine stain removing tactics out there. The two that work best are club soda and a special product called Wine Away — watch this video to see how they work!
We've already showed you how to organise your closet and keep all your accessories in check, so now we're giving you some helpful tips on how to organise your shoes and make the most out of the space you have. From over-the-door shoe hangers to three-tier risers, we've got some helpful tips on how to maximize what you've got. Watch today's how-to for all the details.