Inspired by: Short Wedding Dresses

29 Aug

It has been a little while since we’ve shared an inspiration post with all of you. This month, while we were discussing what to share as our current inspiration, we realized that we have written about about all sorts of things, from sheepskin, to hats, to even seasons, but we haven’t talked about one of our biggest inspirations of all: weddings!

Lately, we’ve been noticing the rise of the cocktail/reception dress trend as more and more brides choose to change into another fabulous dress during the reception and wow their guests. Whether for dancing, to highlight the bride’s cultural background, or to whisk away in at the end of the night, often these dresses have a bit more colour to them, are a little more casual (though not always!), and, to go back to what’s inspiring us today, short!

But, we say, don’t stop at the reception! Short wedding dresses used to be the norm years ago (look at your grandma’s vintage wedding photos and see how elegant she looked in her tea-length dress) and it seems that they’re making a bit of a comeback. We like that they’re a bit different, that their looks range from casual to still-so-glamorous, and that they don’t play it safe.  There’s an aura of confidence that always seems to radiate from a bride in a shorter dress. This bride knows her unique style and is confident enough to express who she is.

It’s not as if we needed any more convincing, but we did a bit more research on the subject anyways. Here are the top ten reasons we are totally sold on short dresses, whether for a ceremony or a reception, this year:
 
 
1. This little number. The way the plunging neckline mirrors the open back…sigh.

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2. This sweetheart neckline, these lace sleeves, the swing of this skirt.

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3. This peek-a-boo gold hemline – enough said.

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4. The tulle overlay covering this textured bodycon, making this dress perfectly ballerina-like.

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5. & 6. These two crocheted and appliquéd dresses – both perfect for the ceremony and the reception!

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7. The pouf of this skirt, plus that lace back and we are in cream-coloured heaven.

Vintage dress on Bridal Musings

 
 

8. The delicate draping on this one-shouldered dress that makes us go, “wow!”

 
 

9. The lace perfection that is this dress.

Lovely Lunga Weddings

 
 

10. The way the cap-sleeves and high-neck of this dress compliment the high-low hemline in just the right way.

Rivini (The Knot)

 

If you think a shorter dress is going to be finding its way into your wedding plans anytime soon, may we remind you that we specialize in wedding gown care. No matter the shape, size or length of your gown, we will carefully clean and preserve it so that you can enjoy it for many years to come.

Are you all about the short wedding gown? Check out last summer’s post about what to consider if choosing a short wedding gown.

 

Love summer, but hate grass stains?

25 Aug

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What is it about summer days that bring on a sense of relaxation and carry with them a more laidback nature than all of the other days of the year? Even when we’re not technically on vacation, we all seem to make the most of the breaks we do have in our day-to-day routines. Maybe we all just slow down a little bit more in the heat or maybe the impending knowledge of what fall and winter can be like for us out here in Eastern Canada boosts our appreciation for our summers!

Lately, we’ve been finding ourselves outdoors as much as possible, hiking, barbecuing, swimming, or just finding a good patio to sit on. We’ve been taking advantage of summer and we hope that you have been able to as well. While we will never complain about it, this has meant having to deal with some, or all, of the following: pollen, grass stains, ketchup, mustard, and some spilled sugary drinks. Unfortunately, stains don’t take a summer vacation along with the rest of us. In fact, at times it seems like they are working even harder to inconvenience you, doesn’t it?

But this should really be the least of your worries while you are on vacation or while you are busy working and trying to enjoy as much of the summer as your can on your days off. We know that the last thing you want to do on your Sunday afternoon is spot treat a mustard stain from yesterday’s picnic.

However, the truth is that when we enjoy all that summer has to offer, we are probably going to run into a few stain hiccups. Eating outside, while amazing, also causes some of the most notorious summer specific stains; ketchup and mustard seem to settle into clothing immediately while grease stains from the barbecue are probably ruining someone’s crisp white shirt as we speak. And let’s not even talk about the state of your kids’ clothes from those relay races.

There’s hope!

As dry cleaners and clothing care specialists in the GTA, let us take care of your stains so you can enjoy the remainder of the summer. We are experts in treating summer specific stains in all the delicate fabrics you may not know how to treat yourself. Rather than spending hours trying to scrub ketchup out of your linens or spot treat spilled champagne on your bridesmaids dresses, bring them to us. Remember, if you are running short on time, we pick up as well!

Most importantly with all of these stains, don’t wait too long. The longer sugars, pollens, and food stains sit, the harder they are to get out. We know you would rather not spend your holiday soaking and scrubbing, so we are happy to do it for you. There are only a few more summer days left, so let us be the busy ones so that you can squeeze out the last few moments of sunshine.

The adorable photo at the top of this post is by photographer Kelli Murray.

 

Eco-news flash: ColorDry Dyeing and Bio-based Lycra

13 Aug

It’s exciting to see the fashion industry constantly making changes towards being more eco-conscious. Our eyes are always open to see who is doing what, in regards to making more sustainable choices, especially when it comes to fabric. As clothing care specialists, we pay attention to innovative changes in the actual production of textiles or in how textiles are dyed because well, because we spend a lot of time with fabric!

As a company involved in the dry cleaning area of the fashion industry, we believe in minimizing our dependency on chemicals and fossil fuels, as well as excess water waste, so we just had to share these two pieces of news. Thanks to Ecouterre, as always, for keeping us in the eco-friendly loop!

 

ColorDry Cuts Down on Waste

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“ColorDry” technology is ready for its close up. The waterless fabric-dyeing innovation, a collaboration between the sportswear giant [Nike] and the Netherland’s DyeCoo Textile Systems, is available to consumers for the first time as a line of vibrantly hued polo shirts. It takes 30 liters of water to dye a T-shirt using conventional means, according to Nike. ColorDry, which uses a pressurized form of carbon dioxide to saturate textile fibers with color, cuts the wet stuff from the process entirely, saving energy and eliminating the need for extra chemical agents.” – Jasmin Malik Chua, Ecouterre

 

Invista: Bio-based Lycra Eliminating Fossil Fuel Reliance

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“Developed by Invista, [bio-based Lycra is] a version of Lycra composed of at least 70 percent corn-derived dextrose. [It’s] the only plant-based spandex commercially available for use in apparel fabrics and garments, including: jeans, swimwear, lingerie, pantyhose, and leggings. [Bio-based Lycra] generates fewer greenhouse gases because it replaces petroleum-based materials with a renewable feedstock. [It is a] part of Invista’s sustainability program, known as “Planet Agenda,” to reduce its environmental footprint by conserving resources, reducing emissions, and eliminating waste at its manufacturing plants. [Bio-based lycra is] otherwise indistinguishable from conventionally manufactured Lycra, which means existing finishing processes can remain unchanged. [It will be] rolling out in commercial quantities in time for the Fall/Winter 2015 and Spring/Summer 2016 collections.” – Lea Stewart, Ecouterre

Have you had a chance to take a look at all of the ways that we practice eco-friendly dry cleaning and clothing care in Toronto? From our use of the Solvair cleaning system, which uses a biodegradable detergent and no heat, to Green Earth, an eco-friendly and gentle dry cleaning process, we’re committed to sustainability in every part of the textile industry.

As a side note, if you’re bringing in a unique fabric to be cleaned, it’s always a good idea to talk to your clothing care specialist about what it is and how it should be cleaned.

Images from Ecouterre

The Best of the Best: Summer Dresses

1 Aug

A show of hands, please, for all those who agree summer days are best spent with bare feet and a breezy dress! While denim cut-offs remain a close second (is there an age-limit on these? because we are still convinced that we can rock them), dresses have, and will probably always, take our number one summer attire spot. They are comfortable, beautiful, cool (as in, they keep you cool on a hot day), and require little effort; one piece and your outfit is nearly complete, save for accessories.

We can’t be alone in thinking that this is the ideal way to dress, especially during the summer when the less-is-more look is totally acceptable on a daily basis.

But really, the best thing about dresses, aside from the obvious beating-the-heat perks, is that they require minimal effort and yet still look as cute, flawless, and put together as anything else. Throw over a jacket and take the look into the night. Change your accessories and it’s a whole new outfit.  Dresses are the ultimate throw-on-and-go item.

Everybody has their own style and own take on the perfect summer dress, depending of course on personal aesthetic and body types, but we’re so sure that no matter your taste or shape, there is one out there waiting to become your friend.

Here are five styles that have inspired us this summer – enjoy!

 

The Midi

We love the midi-length dress this year. Not too short, but not too long, so you can wear a midi on a picnic or out at night and feel just as confident. Better yet, with a little bit of length, you can keep wearing your favourite summer dress into the early days of autumn and keep that carefree feeling going strong.

   

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The Shift

What isn’t to love about a good shift dress? The relaxed style is comfortable and the lines bring us back to some of our favourite style decades (60s anyone?).  We think shifts are totally adorable and probably the comfiest in the most humid months.

   

Madewell

 

The Boho

There is no better time to go boho than during the dog days of summer. To start, when Kate Moss is your style icon, you really can’t go wrong. Channel some of her effortless boho glam this summer and you’ll never look back.

    

6KS

 

The T-Shirt

The simple t-shirt dress has been around for ages and is often missed in “best of” lists, but considering how much we love the perfect tee, it should come as no surprise that we love a perfect t-shirt dress for all of the same reasons!

   

Surf Stitch, Hue & Awe

 

The Bold

There is no better way to describe the type of dress we are thinking about this summer, other than bold! By bold, we mean, large prints, bright colours, and patterns on patterns! The bold dress may come in various shapes and sizes, but it will always be hard to miss. This is the perfect summer to try something bold.

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Top Shop, ASOS

 

Whatever style steals your attention, keep in mind that we will treat your clothing with as much love and care as such a hard-working wardrobe deserves. If you do decide that dresses are your summer uniform and need to make sure they’re always clean and ready to go, use our pick up and drop off service to pre-schedule your dry cleaning.

Shorts Vs. Rolled Pants

28 Jul

It’s a commonly believed fashion myth that men have fewer options than women when it comes to looking good year-round. Men nationwide seem to resign themselves to surfer apparel when the warm weather hits, even if their cooler weather styles feature more oxfords and pullovers than flip-flops and nylon shorts. While sandal and swim shorts are perfect for a day at the lake or weekend at the cabin, what about the rest of the week?

Don’t believe the myth that there are no options out there for you, men; there are options – and lots of them!

Today, we are focusing on something we’ve heard many men debate: whether or not shorts are ever a good idea as more than beach wear. We’re dry cleaners in Toronto, so we know that this city can get mighty hot in the summer. No one should have to suffer in slacks when all you want to do is show off those calves you’ve spent the winter working out!

Because we all know that what you wear on your lower half has a huge transformative effect on the rest of your outfit, pairing the same t-shirt with a different pair of pants or shorts changes your look entirely.  In the same vein, the shoes you wear can set the tone of your whole outfit – and in this case, move you from spring into summer with one simple choice: socks or no socks.

To jump straight to the point, our two favourite summer fashion options for men are the rolled-cuff pant or a good pair of shorts. When and where you wear each of these is up to you, but we have a few tips below to help you figure out which is the best option for you today.

 

When should you wear rolled pants and when should you wear shorts?

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Mens Fashion Magazine, ,The Sartorialist

1. If you’re going to be out late – pants

Both these outfits have the same casual, yet put-together vibe, thanks to a good pair of shoes, no socks, and long sleeves (the blazer and the button-up bring a relaxed and yet polished feel). If you want an outfit that translates seamlessly from day to night, however, the rolled pants may be the choice for you. In the same way you can dress up a pair of shorts, remember you can dress down a pair of pants with a more casual top.

 

   

Now Bond, Layman’s Fashion

2. Start with colour!

Bottoms are a great place to experiment with colour; we are big fans of bold shorts and pants, especially in the summer. These pants could work both in a casual office setting or out running errands. While the shorts are better suited for a day off, you could throw a blazer on and you’ve got a great weekend in the Hamptons look (we all go to the Hamptons on the weekends, right?). Whichever you choose, try inserting some colour into your wardrobe this summer.

 

   

Soletopia, Scout Sixteen

3. If you need to play it safe, go for khaki

Khaki is a mainstay during the summer for most of us. Again, perfect for a day at the office, these rolled cuffs transition quickly into your evening off/day off by losing the socks and highlighting your awesome shoes. These shorts, by keeping a clean line and losing the side pockets often associated with khaki shorts, look a bit to us like our next favourite purchase (or a serious hint to our significant other). Incredibly versatile, the shorts can be paired down (as seen above) or dressed up with the right shirt/shoe combination.

 

However you choose to style yourself this summer, keep in mind that we are clothing care experts. You don’t have to worry about wearing your good clothes out and about anymore; go to that picnic, head to the beach, and look your best while doing it, because we can figure the stains out for you later!