Fancy wool-blend formalwear: dry-clean after every wearing?
April 26, 2014 11:58 AM Subscribe
I recently acquired a beautiful, brand new designer dress that's much nicer than anything I've had in my wardrobe before. I've worn it once and have been hanging it up to air out. Is it better to get it dry cleaned before storing it, or will it be easier on the fabric to put it away in its worn-once state? I don't want to put unnecessary stress on the fabric from the dry cleaning process, but I really, really
don't want to find moth holes in the dress several months from now, either.
posted by Orinda to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
The dress is 18% wool, 82% synthetic with a 100% silk liner. The outer fabric has a delicate chiffon-like texture. The dress has elaborate drapes and gathers, and I would be hesitant to try hand-washing it. The label says "specialist dry clean only."
If it weren't for the wool component of the fabric I think I would hang the dress up in my closet after a good airing, but I am worried that the traces of skin oils or sweat will attract moths.