Getting Your Wardrobe in Order for a New Job
Starting a new job is a very exciting time, but it's also one that can be filled with stress. For many people, heading off to a new workplace represents an important life change, so plenty of worries can be involved when it comes to making the right first impression.
A huge part of that impression lies in what you wear, and if you want to look smart and presentable, you need to start getting your clothing sorted as soon as possible. And that means cleaning.
It can be pretty confusing working out whether or not to take things to a dry cleaner, but follow these tips and you'll be looking your best on your first day.
Many suits contain wool, which is prone to shrinking or even becoming damaged if you try to stick it in the washing machine. Even if a suit doesn't have any wool in its fabric make-up, it's still a good idea to take it for dry cleaning for two reasons.
The first reason is that things come out of a washing machine creased and crumpled, and it's difficult to straighten out a suit without major hassle. The second reason is the lining. Suit linings are made from a different fabric to the outer, so they need different care. They're also typically delicate and easily damaged, so washing them at home is not a good idea.
Shirts and blouses
With shirts and blouses, it's best to look at the label, which may recommend dry cleaning. Women's blouses, in particular, are often quite delicate, even if they're synthetic. Even with shirts that are safe for home washing, you might find dry cleaning a useful alternative. It saves having to do several washes for separate colours, and it also means you won't have to tackle a mountain of ironing, as they'll all come back neat and ready to wear.
Watch out for silk shirts and blouses, which should always be dry cleaned, unless the label says they're washable. In this instance, a coating can actually prevent successful dry cleaning.
Ties and accessories
Ties are often made of silk, so they should be taken to a dry cleaner whenever they need freshening up or if they have stains. For non-silk ties, the same issue with suits can apply: lining. Ties can come out of a washing machine in a real mess, so it's best to leave it to professionals.
Pocket squares are frequently silk, too, but shouldn't need cleaning unless they're stained. Cotton pocket squares can be washed at home, and they're quick and easy to iron.
Dresses come in just about every material, so there's no overall rule for their care. Follow the advice on the label if you'd prefer to wash dresses at home, but if you're in any doubt, take the garment to a dry cleaner and ask their advice.