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Preserving Your Wedding Attire!



By Richa

Why waste your money by ruining or not using your wedding attire again. If you store it appropriately, it can be used again and stay with you for longer. But you don’t know how to store these well? Then read on to know!

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Wedding bells ring not in just one tone but it brings along a lot of sound with it and with the ringing, it strikes to us how important wedding shopping is. We usually shop and adorn clothes repeatedly but wedding attires are different in from our usual buys. When it comes to formal attires, we think of suits, tuxedos, sherwanis, achkans, indo-westerns etc. We start to research, pin down many options, and carefully select our designers so that our wedding attire outshines from those of the attendees of the wedding. After all, it is your day and you don’t want anybody else to seek the attention you deserve.

Shopping for attires is an important part of wedding planning and when it comes to designs, the heaviness quotient of the attires is indispensible. Be it a bridal lehenga or a groom’s sherwani. It is true that women’s clothes consume more attention than those of men but the trends have changed and groom’s wear has become equally important to that of his companion’s. We usually focus more on buying new attires, designs, embellishments and costs but we never give any serious the post wedding storing of attires that is imminent for groom’s wear too. In fact, we carelessly just hang them in the remotest corner of our cupboards and when needed again, just pull it out and repeat our carelessness. Although, it might not occur to us how important storing the wedding attire is, but in the longer run, we repent not giving it a serious thought. Well, it is never to be late and we have experts in house to guide you through a perfect storage solution. Read on to know more!

 



What can you do?

Wedding ensemble for men usually includes sherwanis or suits. So, either you go the Indian way or turn to western clothing for your D-day. It is for sure that you don’t spend fortunes on your desired sherwani or suit to adorn it for just one night. Definitely, reusing your wedding dress is a natural next step after first time wear. After the event is over, we just hang our clothes ruthlessly and sometimes, those who are a bit conscious about their organizational skills, put on a plastic cover over them.  The question is not what is to be done with your attire because there is just one-way out, storing them. Therefore, the focus should be on how you could keep your clothes safe and away from spoilage. Apart from using the plastic sheet, Gagan Chandok, Designer with Brand Genxt, believes, “Always use a chemical desiccant to absorb moisture and prevent dew before storing your cloths.” So next time you cram your clothes in a cover, just make sure to protect them from moisture as long as these are not reused.

According to Ms. Tanshi Agarwal, Couturière Styliste at Manoj Agarrwal Bridal Couture, these points must be kept in mind before your store your outfits:

  • Never fold your wedding sherwani. It will alter its shape. Therefore, it's important to cover it and hang it.
  • Cover it with a plastic cover. Your men's wear usually comes along with a zipped cover. Give it some breathing air.
  • Dont stuff your outfits together.
  • Make sure no light reaches your outfit as it can result in fading of the colours.
  • Keep it away from humidity and damp areas.


What can you do in these cases?

There is never just one reason why our clothes are spoiled over time. It can be anything ranging from termites to fading due to moisture; sometimes the tassles and embellishments rub against each other and get stuck in the thread of the fabric to create lint all over your dress. In case you want to store the clothes for a longer time and you know that your clothes are not going to see the daylight soon, you have to be really careful in adopting the best treatment for them.  And why not? You spend so much time and money in narrowing down to this one dress that appeals to you the most among the others. So, Designer Gagan Chandok says, “here is what you can do:

  • You must get woollen garments; cashmere or silk knits dry cleaned before storing
  • These must be stored in transparent air tight plastic covers to prevent from any damage by termites.
  • Don’t dry clean your heavy and expensive attires too much as it unnecessarily shortens the usable life of your garments. Most of us dry clean our delicate clothing way too much.
  • You should simply brush your attires and hang it in a well ventilated area.


The clothes have embroidery or tassels which may pull on the fabric, causing some threads to fray. The key is to cover the embellishments part with plastic or butter paper while storing the garment.Storing your embroidered clothing in white malmal fabric ensures that the embroidery does not tarnished or blackens over time. 


 

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We complicate so many things including some easy and useful tips which can save us fortunes and also help us treasure our possessions in a neater manner to elongate their longevity. In terms of emotions, it is the memories that drive us to store our wedding attire which reminds us of the good times at our wedding which made it all the more special and the love that we received from our folks.

While we have seen what you should and shouldn’t do to your attires, there are some tips you can always keep up your sleeves when it comes to a routinely care of your garbs. Ms. Tanshi Agarwal, Couturière Styliste, suggests some very smart tips when it comes to handling your clothes. Read on:

  • Most groom outfits come with an instruction label and shouldn't be washed. So read the labels for safe keeping of your trousseau.
  • Steam ironing is the only suitable way of getting rid of creases, if you plan to wear them again. Get them steam ironed instead of dry cleaning if you want to wear and restore them repeatedly.
  • If unfortunately you have stains on your outfit, try treating the stained area with white petrol with a white cotton cloth.
  • Delicate work may fray the fabric if not covered properly. If a thread or embroidery is frayed, it’s best to trim it and steam iron it. This way the damage can be controlled.Every once in a while take your garment off and allow it to breathe. It helps in keeping the work alive and keeping your garment fresh as ever!

MASTER TIP- Once in a while, re-hang your outfits. This eliminates permanent creases at the same areas and also avoids colour fading in the hanging areas.

 

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Recycling and Reusing

Storing the outfits and hanging them in the remotest corner of your storage area is not the only solution to the storage issues. Rather, if you have spent some good amount of money on your attire then why not reuse it on other events or if it is too heavy then why not recycle it and get it altered a notch subtler. In fact, mix-matching your attire is also a viable option as it helps you in getting a plethora of options to wear. On this, Ms. Tanshi Agarwal comments, “Of course, one cannot always wear their wedding outfits in the same style again. It's best to restyle it with time. You can always team your sherwanis with different pieces likes trousers/ pants and kurtas.” It is true that you can’t wear your attire in the same style every time and what is more worrisome is that trends keep on changing but changing and altering the style can still save you from letting go off your wedding attire. “A wedding dress can't be worn at any other time or day just like it is adorned on the wedding day, specially the heavy sherwanis. But, if you choose a classic and subtle attire for your D-Day, there is a way to put it into a more casual use by getting the Sherwani length altered into a bandhgala and wearing it with pants rather than kurta pajamaz There can never be a dull moment if you keep experimenting with your wedding attires,” says Gagan Chandok.

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