I am not a big fan of dry cleaning clothes mainly because of the expense and past experience. The last time I brought a load to the cleaners, I forked over $60 plus and when I got home and unveiled my clothes from under the plastic, it was covered in cat hair. Long, orange, blondish ones that were very familiar (I have an orange, blondish long haired cat). After mounting a protest, I got my money back, but I was turned off by the discovery that my clothes weren’t “washed” in the way I imagined. There was no water, detergent and suds. Instead, that particular cleaners run their clothes through some kind of steamer.
I realize now that most “dry” cleaning is done this way, but I have a steamer at home and I figured, if that’s all they really do, then I would just steam my clothes myself. Of course, I have not, instead I have been throwing my “dry clean only” stuff in with my regular wash. Some of my pieces have started showing signs of “home cared” as a result though and I thought it was time to start throwing some money in the direction of my local cleaners (of course, not the same company who couldn’t even bother to use a lint brush or at the least tape to humor me).
First into the dry cleaners was a blue and cream Ralph Lauren dress that became saturated with foundation after its debut night out. On my way into the cleaners, I grabbed this thrifted Ann Taylor pants that I had tied up in a plastic bag in the trunk of my car. (BTW, I always do this when I buy second hand stuff. In my mind, it keeps any potential creepy crawlies outside of my home). Boy was I surprised when I picked both pieces last week. The foundation was gone from the dress, but more impressive than the disappearing makeup was the pants. Not sure what they did, but these pants went from shabby to chic with a $6.50 investment.
What I Wore:
I wore this outfit to work on Monday. The fabric of the pants is heavy, but I wanted to get one wear out of it before the weather became warmer.
Sweater: Red 3/4 sleeve sweater from H&M | Pants: Ann Taylor Pants thrifted from Goodwill | Shoes: Isola Balta heels from Marshalls | Accessories: Gold link chain from Frugal Finds NYC, faux gold watch from Francesca’s Collection
Ossie took these photos!