So Fresh and So Clean: How to Make Sure Your Silk, Wool, and Cashmere Last and Last

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You ready to cut down on those dry-cleaning bills? Yah, thought so. We surveyed a bunch of designers, and they were straight-up thrilled to share their tips for taking very good care of some of their favorite fabrics. —erica

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The answer to the summer-wedding dilemma, c/o Rachel Rose. GET IT.

CLEANING SILK

+ “I always wash my silk stuff myself with The Laundress Delicate Wash, and this Stain Solution helps remove any spots you get on your garment—I always get oil on myself when I wear silk!” —Alyson Fox

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A Kain silk tee that can do work OR weekend. GET IT.

TAKING CARE OF SILK

+ “I hand-wash as much stuff as I can to avoid the dry cleaner, but I cough up the cash when it comes to my silk things. I do have a tip to prolong the time between visits to the cleaners, though: If you get a greasy stain on silk, sprinkle some baby powder on the stain and let it sit for a half hour or so. Then shake off the powder. Hopefully it’s absorbed the grease, and the stain is gone.” —Allison Sires of Thomas Sires

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A sweater, from Dusen Dusen, that’d totally work with shorts. GET IT.

WASHING SWEATERS

+ “Many cashmere labels may read dry clean only, but I’ll fill you in on a little secret:  Hand-washing a cashmere sweater is the best. Turn it inside-out and immerse it in a solution of cold water and a gentle wool wash product like The Laundress Wool & Cashmere Shampoo. Don’t scrub—instead gently squeeze the suds throughout the fabric. Never wring or stretch the fabric in any way. Finally, rinse the garment several times in clean, lukewarm water until the water runs clear. As soon as you can, gently press out the excess water—to cut the time in half, use a large salad spinner to spin off excess water—and lay your sweater flat on a towel and reshape it as it dries.” —Pierre Kim of Ivory Row

+ “To hand-wash wool, it’s great to use a bit of shampoo instead of laundry detergent. My mum taught me that trick.” —Nina Egli of Toujours Toi Family Affairs

+ “Soak Wash! Genius! You literally soak your knit and let it dry.” —Lynne Hiriak of Cardigan

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Meet your summer sweater. Thanks, Degen! GET IT.

FRESHENING UP AND STORING SWEATERS

+ “Fold your sweaters and keep them in a drawer or on a shelf—hangers are sweaters’ worst enemies. Okay, I lied: Actually moths are sweaters’ worst enemies.  Keep a piece of cedar in the drawer with your sweaters to naturally repel the moths. Add a sachet of dry lavender to keep other bugs away.” —Tara St James of Study

+ “I tumble-dry musty sweaters with a few clean towels and a dryer sheet, and they look and smell like new. I like Mrs. Meyer’s Dryer Sheets the best because the scent isn’t too overpowering.” —Danielle Ribner of Loup

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Couple Up: January Jones and Ashton Kutcher

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What are these two most remembered for? The fact that he told her she should probably stick to modeling. Oof. But, they were so young! Just look and their toothy smiles, their fresh faces, and their outfits. —erica

January Jones: A fancy little Ben-Amun bobby pin, a jacquard Kenzo dress, and a thin Demylee cardigan.

Ashton Kutcher: A rumpled Save Khaki oxford, a tweed blazer from Steven Alan, and some Yuvi man jewelry.

More duos past their expiration date over here…

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Couple Up: Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston

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Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston have been a couple in two movies, The Object of My Affection and Wanderlust. But, turns they did stint together in real life, too, waaay back in 1998—and I’m pretty into the idea of them as a twosome. Maybe they broke up because of the soul patch he had for part of their relationship? —erica

Paul Rudd: A Pierrepont Hicks tie, a brown Everlane shirt, and a corduroy jacket from Billy Reid.

Jennifer Aniston: A Carven shrug (yes, shrug), a strapless column dress from Cedric Charlier, and a sparkly necklace by Tom Binns.

Get all the “Couple Up” you can handle if you head this way.

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Of a Kind

Is there such a thing as a barely there stripe? Because, thanks to Grayers, there might be now if there wasn’t before. —erica

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Weather Vain: Anchorage, Alaska - 34 and Clear

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I’m going to save my first adventure to the City of Lights and Flowers for a time of year when there are, you know, flowers, but if you happen to be in AK today, here’s what I think you should wear—and what you should do! —erica

Clockwise from top left:

+ A Carven turtleneck, for cozying up to some seafood at Marx Bros. Cafe.

+ Frame Denim jeans that aren’t too fancy for some reindeer sausage.

+ Floral Kenzo gloves—because it’s too frosty to really experience any of the stunning natural scenery.

+ A Baggu bucket bag as caramel-y as a Bavarian Hefeweizen from Glacier Brewhouse.

+ An Isabel Marant coat, with a hood! In case your ears get chilly.

+ A K/LLER bracelet that would look fiiiiine resting on the bar at Hotel Captain Cook.

+ Velvet slip-ons c/o Rag & Bone that are cozy enough to watch the Alaska Aces play some ice hockey.

There’s a whole lot of “Weather Vain” to be had if you’re looking…

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Eye love you, teeny, baby Degen sweater. —erica

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In Character: Meg Swan

In case, in the midst of Olympic/NYFW zaniness, you missed out on the Westminster Kennel Club’s day and Sky’s big win, here’s your chance to get your doggie fix c/o the wonder that is Best in Show. Oh, Meg Swan, we love ya, you stress-fest, you. —erica

A hooded Drome coat the color of that GD Rhapsody.

An apron, from Unison, that recalls Meg’s first Starbucks run-in with Hamilton.

An ALL Knitwear sweater as bright and cheery as that problematic Busy Bee.

Way more “In Character” to be had if you’re lookin’.

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Weather Vain: San Antonio, Texas - 55 and Overcast

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Oh, to be in Texas this time of year. Here’s how I’d wanna dress if I suddenly became a San Antonio girl today. —erica

Clockwise from top left:

+ A Pamela Love bracelet that’s like V-day just a smidge early.

+ A sweater that’s not afraid to go big, from 3.1 Phillip Lim.

+ A Reece Hudson wristlet, with enough cash shoved inside for a stop at Pearl Brewery Farmers’ Market.

+ Kicks—c/o Won Hundred—for bopping around Southtown.

+ A Bande des Quatres ring that would look damn good snuggled up with a glass of rioja at The Monterey.

+ Acne wool sweatpants—that leave plenty of room for queso.

Oh, we got some recs for Dallas, Houston, and Austin, too.

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Chinti and Parker's got the perfect V-day sweater—with no pink or red in sight. —erica

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Weather Vain: Cincinnati, Ohio - 14 and Mostly Cloudy

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Man, it’s cold today in Cincy. So bundle up—and try not to let the chill hold you back. —erica

Clockwise from top left:

+ A winter coat—from Suno—that’s more sleek than it is snowman.

+ A Baggu tote that coordinates with Metropole's seared radishes and  baked cranberry beans.

+ Knee-high boots, from Cynthia Vincent, for stomping around Over-the-Rhine.

+ A Eugenia Kim hat that shields as much of your noggin as possible.

+ An Isabel Marant sweater, ideal for cozying up for a movie at Esquire Theatre.

+ J Brand jeans that are laid-back (and worn-in) enough for a visit to Rhinegeist Brewery

+ A Jennie Kwon ring that won’t get in the way of any of your frigid-weather gear.

+ Acne gloves that would look great wrapped around a macchiato from Collective Espresso.

All the “Weather Vain” you can take! All you gotta do is click here.

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