Appropriateness of dressing up in the city

Living in the city allows for more options in dressing up. For anyone who has lived in the rural areas or suburbs would find that “dressing up” might attract unnecessary attention and won’t often sit well with some people. But in an urban setting, dressing up isn’t as restricted.

People in the city are involved with a lot of things, which could be a factor why noticing someone’s garments isn’t a priority among many. Another reason could be that the city provides a lot of sectors or areas which demand different types of clothing. As such, people accept the fact that dressing differently isn’t such big fuzz. You’ll see people dressed casually in simple t-shirt or jeans, or for girls, in some skirt. You’d see some in more formal or smart casual attires probably heading for work. There is some delineation on what you’re supposed to wear for what occasion or where you are going to.

While those in primary school are required to be in uniforms, college students are a bit freer when choosing their clothing. They can range from very casual, t-shirt and jeans, to more dressed up get-ups with students donning on chinos, some smart brogues, sandals, blazers, dresses and scarves. It really depends on the student’s personality. It serves as a sort of self-expression among many, now that they aren’t constrained by some dress code.

Going to work might be a little bit trickier. In places such as malls sales clerks dress up in uniforms. Some restaurants also enforce that their employees be in unified attire. In office work spaces and some other private spaces, they will require a similar “theme” of outfit but not necessarily one and looking the same. So if it’s a smart casual attire kind of look, you could pair chinos or slacks with a shirt, throw in a blazer or tie if necessary.

On some other days, people just like to dress up just because they want to. Remember though to prepare in advance. Going out in your best clothes may render it vulnerable to the elements. For instance consider whether you would be doing a lot of activity for the day before picking out your expensive or favorite garments. Chances are, if you did involve yourself with some bit of work for the day, sweat will stick to your clothes and may need cleaning. As you know, sweat leaves a yellowish stain if not removed immediately and left to dry. And if you think it’s gonna rain or are sure that where you’re going to will be a rough terrain then you might as well opt not to wear your best shoes as they will only get soiled with mud or dirt.

Keeping clothes clean

Living in the city can take its toll on your clothes. With all the dust and pollution around you, it can degrade your clothes much faster. There are some things you can do however to somehow reduce the effects of contaminants on your clothes.

When you stain your pants or shirt, treat them right away to avoid the setting of stains. Wash away as much stain possible with water, and when you reach home spot clean them with detergent or color-safe bleach. Coming from a busy day and from the streets surely has attracted some dust settling on to your clothes. Dust them away with a clean cloth or some brush made especially for this function. While jeans might get soiled sometimes, they are not advisable for immediate or frequent washing as the dye may wash-out and fade your denim jeans. If the stain isn’t that serious, wash it out with water, dry, aerate and keep exposure to the sun at a minimum. When it really needs to be cleaned, try to spot clean and do not wash the entire garment. It’s always helpful to set clothes, which you think might lose color, with some Retayne or Dharma dye fixer. This will improve colorfastness in your next washes

Shoes often bear some of the toughest stains because they go through one of the city’s dirtiest areas, and that is the pavement. Small stones, twigs, some unknown clump, dirt, water, or worse gum. All of these may get stuck to your shoe sole. While it is pointless to wash them every day after using them—since you’ll use them anyway the next day—try to do them every week. Lodged dirt are easy to remove using an old toothbrush or toothpick. Mud or soil clumps might be harder: wipe them off with a paper towel first then follow with detergent solution. Gums and other sticky material are hardest to remove. Luckily, your local hardware stores may carry surface cleaners that remove gum. There are also specialty cleaning substances for different shoe materials such as PU or other synthetic material. After cleaning the sole and upper, follow it up by spraying an anti-dirt spray. This spray makes the dirt stick less so you can remove them after easily.

If you don’t need to wash your clothes fully, but still want them rid of dust that might have settled, spray them with some fabric refresher like Fabreze. This also kills bacteria, reducing itching, and also brightens the appearance of color. If you encountered some stain that you don’t know how to treat, it’s safer to consult a professional garment cleaner.

Dealing with discounts

Discounts and sales illicit a sense of fervid panic among many of us. Who doesn’t want a good pair of marked down shoes? But often, we are not really economical when sales happen.

Yes, you need to be economical in the sense that you only need to buy what you need. There people who buy just about everything when some shop’s on sale or be it a mall sale. You’ll find that most of these items you really do not need in the long run. A reason for this is that we generally think that we should as much as we want during sales. But it’s not efficient if you want to keep it that way.

Another reason that we ‘panic buy’ during sale is because we don’t really know what to buy so buying everything you can is the justification we have for ourselves. Here’s a tip: follow stores that might go sale beforehand. The internet is a very handy tool in helping you out with this. Very often, if you type the store you are watching out for, say a clothing and accessories shop, and search for sales for a certain month there will certainly be search results. This would either be blog sites, which you could subscribe to, or facebook pages which you could certainly follow. Following these sites allows you to keep up with updates and promos instore. If they don’t have webpages, then leaving your phone number to the store caretaker usually helps. Now that you have ways of checking for sale, you can now turn your attention to managing which items you really need.

There’s another sale that people, especially those interested in fashion, and that’s online sales. Clothing and accessories shops are the most ubiquitous online shops, and it’s worth the while to check some of these in your locality, those that offer free shipping in your country. You could also try international sites but take note of their shipping prices and the fact that your country’s customs department may charge tax and duties applicable to your purchase. Because these shops are already online it’s so much easier to keep track of the things that you like. Just bookmark them on your web browser. Most of these online shops will have newsletter subscription, so keeping up with sale, promos and prizes is so much easier with them mailing you these sorts of information

So those are some basic tips you can do to keep up with items that might go on sale, be it the bag of your liking, clothes, etc. Just remember that even if it’s on sale it doesn’t necessarily mean that you should blow up your savings.