White, Way Past Labour Day

30 Oct

You know that old saying, that you shouldn’t wear any white after Labour Day? It’s one of fashion’s most well known adages, but is anyone really buying it anymore? Probably some people, but the blogging research we conducted this week shows that those of us who are asking why now greatly outnumber the people who seem to know why.

And so, out with the old and in with the new, we say! We feel that regardless of where the old rule came from, if anyone is left this month wondering whether to shelve that cream cover-up, hear us enthusiastically suggest: No! While there is an absolute summery appeal to white, the shade is actually, rather quintessentially wintery. After all, whenever you’re in doubt about what season white belongs in, all you have to do is look at a picture of the snow and there’s your answer!

In all of its shades and seasons, white works and we are willing to fight for its right to brighten up our winters. For the next few months, join us in throwing caution to the wind and making up the rules as we go!

Here are some of the looks that are inspiring us to stay on the lighter side this coming fall and winter:

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World in a Paper CupColor Me Courtney


Paris for the Day, How I Wear


A Plane Ride Away


Senor Tyrone


Now, it’s possible that people stopped wearing so much white after Labour Day because the weather changes mean that things can get dirty just by walking down the street. Rainy days may mean mud spraying up on your legs and slushy sidewalks can be hard to navigate. However, what we have now that they didn’t have back then are convenient ways to clean that clothing.

Don’t let the mud scare you away from wearing something really great this fall or winter.  At Parkers Custom Clothing Care, we can help keep your whites looking, well, white!

If you’re interested in the origins of the old rule, check out this article from TIME online magazine. It offers some interesting and unique perspectives on where this saying may have come from.

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What is Wet Cleaning?

24 Oct

It isn’t too uncommon in our line of work to run into people who are unsure about how to best care for their garments. We get it; because truthfully, those little laundry care tags are not the easiest things for most people to interpret. Since we have made it our business to make sure clothing and textiles are well taken care of, we thought that every once in a while, we would do a little bit of decoding and simplifying for you here on the blog. In other words, we want to help to explain what those little symbols mean – and then what to do with your clothing once you know.

Today, our sponsor is the letter “W”. More precisely, the letter “W” with a circle around it. We chose this symbol first because, well, because it selfishly ties directly to us and most people wouldn’t even know it. This, friends, is the universal laundry symbol for wet cleaning – which is not, contrary to popular belief, what you are already doing in your home washing machine.

Wet cleaning is a method of garment cleaning that is environmentally friendly and safe for your most delicate garments. In fact, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency, wet cleaning is the safest professional method for garment cleaning. Using water and non-toxic bio-degradable detergents, it is much gentler than home washing and even gentler than hand-washing. Often those garments that specify “hand wash only” are actually better off being wet cleaned than wrung out in your sink at home!

And the great news is that we aren’t only your friendly neighbourhood Toronto dry cleaners; we are also your friendly neighbourhood Toronto wet cleaners!

The detergents we use in our wet cleaning process are incredibly mild, meaning that they are easy both on your clothes and on the environment. At Parkers, the drying process we use includes special moisture sensitive dryers, making sure your clothes are still soft to the touch and safe for sensitive skin. Depending on the fabric type, special equipment is then used to press and maintain your garment’s original shape.

Now you know that when you see the “W”, you have a more delicate fabric on your hands and there’s no reason to risk it losing its lustre or shape by treating it the wrong way. Bring that “W” to us and we promise your clothing will be kept looking its very best. Find a Parkers location near you or schedule a pick up!

Inspired by: Knits

9 Oct

With October in full swing and summer officially turning its last page for 2014 in a brief warm spell last week, we thought there could be no greater time than now to share our forever inspiration for autumn: knits! During a normal week in our blogging life, we search all corners of the internet for the best fashion inspiration to share with you guys and seriously, for the last few weeks, we keep gravitating towards more of the same: knits, knits and more knits.

So, rather than staying distracted and spending countless hours just dreaming about what our new favourite sweater for this fall and winter will be, we thought it would be best to lean into the obsession and bring some of our favourites over here.

We’re talking about chunky knits, cropped knits, small knits and oversized knits, sweaters, cardigans, ponchos and capes! Basically, we’re into anything that will keep us dry and warm for the next several months. In fact, as soon as we finish with this post, we may head right out to find some of these inspired looks to add to our own wardrobes!


Often disregarded as just a comfort piece, knit sweaters are constantly in the process of being reinvented every Fall/Winter season, it seems. This year, we have seen enough sweaters, ponchos and capes to convince us that they are no longer just about comfort (though that is a huge perk, if you ask us!); knits are street-style and office-day ready in the same breath and at the same time, are the first thing we can’t wait to slip into on the weekend.

Without sounding dramatic, we are really unsure if we could make it through a week in the fall or winter without our knits.

But before we start filling your mind with all things cozy, now’s a great time to remind you that knits are fussy to clean, so please bring them to us and we will make sure that they look their best. At Parkers, you can probably already see that we care about clothing and it shows in our work as clothing care specialists in Toronto.

Fashiony, The Style Mission

Her New Tribe

OhWhyWy, Who What Wear

A Pocket Full of Posies

And, just because it is tiny knitted perfection, how about this darling tot-sized poncho?

Children With Swag

We find many people love knitted wear, but hate the extra TLC many garments or fabrics require. “Hand wash”, “delicate cycle”, “lay flat to dry”, and “dry clean only” – these are terms that turn a lot of people off of really wonderful knit pieces, but we are in the business of changing that!

As clothing care specialists we want to make it possible for you to enjoy your clothes – and not just worry about them. This fall and winter, bring your knits in to us and we will make sure they come back to you in pristine wearing condition.

Flowers in Fall?

7 Oct

Sometimes, heading down the road less travelled and embracing the unexpected brings about the greatest results in life. For instance, when thinking about a fall wedding, what comes to mind? Probably bridesmaid dresses in deep jewel tones, perhaps bouquets filled with berries or dried grasses, and maybe the idea of photos taken amongst the golden leaves. But, how about florals?

Florals may not be the first thing to leap into your mind for an autumn wedding, but you will trust us on this one after seeing the photos below! We think florals are great beyond just spring and summer; in the right palette and the right cut of dress, they transition beautifully into autumn. They are an unexpected pop of colour when people so often gravitate towards darker tones, more neutral colours and, at times, a more muted feel in the fall.

Steve Gerrard

We like the idea of these floral patterns standing in contrast to the bright leaves, crisp days and the all around bundle-up-to-get-warm mentality that goes hand in hand with the season. While it may not be the look for everyone, we hope to see more bridesmaids dressed up this year in looks inspired by flowers!

Style Me Pretty


SoFeminine, Neiman Marcus


Asos, Green Wedding Shoes

Here are some ready-to-wear inspiration pieces, perfect walking down the aisle and to keep in your closet afterwards. Talk about a bridesmaid dress that you really can wear after the wedding!

Julia Archibald

No matter what the pattern, if you have a dress from all of the weddings you attended this summer or one that is going to need some extra TLC after an event in the coming months, we offer eco-friendly and easy-to-access dry cleaning service in six different locations throughout the GTA. Come check us out at parkersdrycleaners.com or on Twitter: @ParkersCleaners.

Home fabric care: all about pillows!

29 Sep


Ah, pillows.  Yes, those lovely, fluffy, comforting, welcoming, room-brightening, bed-making, and altogether thrown-about pillows. Sometimes overlooked by people who see them in a somewhat utilitarian sense (these people are easily identified by comments such as: “Why do we need another pillow?” or “My wife always has so many pillows on the bed! We don’t even sleep on them all!”), we prefer to view pillows in what we feel is their true light: always necessary.

We happen to think that pillows are the best! That’s right. Pillows are the best. There’s the simple comfort factor: sitting on a couch, chair, bench, or the ground is made infinitely better with the addition of a pillow or cushion. Secondly, as we have shared before, adding, removing, or changing-up pillows in a room can dramatically change the entire look and feel of a room. They are some of the easiest transition pieces to move your home’s atmosphere from spring to summer, to fall, to winter, then back to spring again.

And then, there is the homey factor. Personally, we feel a bedroom or living room without pillows looks a bit barren. The addition of our soft friends can quickly make a house feel much more like a home. Isn’t one of the best parts of any long day coming home to a nicely made bed and sinking deep into perfectly fluffed pillows?

It’s a bit surprising, then, that while we use pillows every day, most of us don’t really know how to take care of them. If you’re honest about it, when was the last time you washed your pillows? If it has been 6 months or more, it’s time to consider how to get your pillows looking and feeling their best again!

If you have down or other fill pillows, and are brave enough to try washing them at home in your own machine, here are a few tips:

  • Read the labels carefully! If you have clipped these off, stick with warm water and a gentle cycle.
  • Do two pillows at once to balance out the wash load in your machine – you don’t want to throw it off kilter.
  • Make sure to tumble dry the pillows on low, fluffing and turning them often.
  • Even if you are not washing your pillows every few months, make sure to wash their cases at least once a week – especially the ones on your bed!

If you are not so brave, or simply do not have the time or energy for cleaning your pillows at home, don’t fret! Many of our clients always bring their pillows to us for cleaning to avoid wrecking them in their home washer.

We offer a gentle household fabric cleaning service in large washers and moisture sensitive dryers, ensuring a softer, fluffier appearance and promoting even distribution of the fill material. And if packing your car full of all of your household pillows doesn’t sound like fun, please make use of our pickup service. We won’t even charge you extra to do it!