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I am going to go through my clothes and get rid of a bunch of things that don't quite fit or I just don't wear often enough to justify.<br><br>
HOWEVER, I have a few things I don't know what to do with - I have three fancier dresses, like for wearing to weddings or work parties or what have you. I wear these things maybe 1-2x/year... do I keep them? One is spring/summer, one is winter, and one is fall/spring. My criteria for getting rid of clothes is usually "have I worn it in the last year", but in this case I haven't necessarily. BUT, it is such a pain and so expensive to find things to wear when I *do* need more formal clothes. Is it OK to keep these things?<br><br>
Also, I have a bunch of things that need "dry cleaning" - merino wool sweaters, handknits, etc - do those "Dryel" things work, or should I just take it all to the cleaner's?
 

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I don't know what to tell you about drycleaing vs. whatever it was you mentioned.<br><br>
The fancier dresses you use occassionally...if they are a classic style and can be used for years, even if it is only once or twice, I personally would keep them.<br><br>
I have one black pant suit that is very nice, one nice black dress and one very nice gray-blue dress with beading. These are for special events.<br><br>
It is so much trouble to shop for clothing, then you have to spend money again, also you have to hope they have something that fits and that you like.<br><br>
I have just decided to keep these few things, and I can wear them when needed for years.<br><br>
Special occasions don't happen that often, but when they do, I am ready. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I agree with tinybutterfly. If the style is classic and it fits and you feel good in it you should keep it!<br><br>
You can always update it (or change the look for multiple outings) with new or different accessories.
 

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So one is quite classic - simple black dress. Another is reasonably classic but kind of a burgundy color - could go out of style eventually but it's new last year. The last is 2 years old now and is definitely dated colorwise it's light blue w/lime green trim <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> Maybe I'll keep it for now but start looking for a less dated summer dress.
 

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I agree with keeping the formal dresses.<br><br>
And don't bother with the Dryel, I attempted to cut our dry cleaning bill by using it, and all it did was imbue the clothes with a heavy perfumey scent and not clean them a bit.
 

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I would hang onto them. The minimum space they will take is greatly worth it when you do need them. Stick to basics that you can change up with jewelry, a scarf, or what have you. Not sure on the Dryel, sorry.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I agree with keeping the formal dresses.<br><br>
And don't bother with the Dryel, I attempted to cut our dry cleaning bill by using it, and all it did was imbue the clothes with a heavy perfumey scent and not clean them a bit.</div>
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Thanks. I'm very scent-sensitive and I was afraid of that. I don't mind the dry cleaner in general just try to reduce what I spend on it and reduce environmental impact by not using it if not necessary.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Also, I have a bunch of things that need "dry cleaning" - merino wool sweaters, handknits, etc - do those "Dryel" things work, or should I just take it all to the cleaner's?</div>
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I handwash all those type of things.
 

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Ditto the handwashing - with shampoo or a soap - for sweaters and silk tops. Suits, I get dry-cleaned. I work in an office so I have a lot of dry-clean-only clothes.
 

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Yeah... I suppose that's an option... I have nowhere to "lay flat to dry" (which the sweaters definitely need) except the middle of the dining room floor, which I have no way of keeping the cats away from. Any ideas I might not have thought of for places to "lay flat to dry"?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Ditto the handwashing - with shampoo or a soap - for sweaters and silk tops. Suits, I get dry-cleaned. I work in an office so I have a lot of dry-clean-only clothes.</div>
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I gentle-cold-cycle wash a lot of my "dry clean only" work clothes like trousers and shells, but they can be on my drying rack. The sweaters I think should lay flat to dry (see my post above) which is the problem. We do dryclean our suits and get my boyfriend's shirts pressed (I refuse to iron his clothes and he can't be bothered either, so we wash them at home then drop them off for pressing).
 

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I'm pretty sure the "in a year" rule for clothing is for stuff that you should be wearing regularly, like you've got 10 t-shirts and only wear 8 of them?<br><br>
Dresses aren't like punch bowls, you can't just go out and rent one for $5 the one day a year you need one.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Yeah... I suppose that's an option... I have nowhere to "lay flat to dry" (which the sweaters definitely need) except the middle of the dining room floor, which I have no way of keeping the cats away from. Any ideas I might not have thought of for places to "lay flat to dry"?</div>
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Sweater drying rack set on top of your washer/dryer.
 

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or on the top of one of those drying racks that fits in your tub.
 

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My husband is military. That means, once a year (sometimes once every two years...last time I was pregnant) I have to get dressed up in a formal gown (ie. ball gown/bridesmaid type stuff), and, very occassionally, there might be something I have to be in cocktail attire (a wedding or something).<br><br>
I have a dress from when I was a bridesmaid. Don't shudder, <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> it's very classic, simple, flattering, etc (Thank you, Shawnda). I also have a 1960's cocktail dress (think Jackie Kennedy) that I got off of E-bay, which is elegant and well-fitting. I keep them even when I get rid of other stuff. This way I 1) don't have to buy a new dress at all and 2) don't have to scramble at the last minute.<br><br>
Considering the bridesmaid dress was well over 200 dollars with alterations, that thing's getting worn into the ground.
 

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There isn't much clearance over our wash/dryer due to shelving, do you know if they make some that are only 3-4" high? I assume it only fits one sweater so you would have to wash one sweater at a time? Where do I find one? Thanks!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">or on the top of one of those drying racks that fits in your tub.</div>
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Now *that* sounds awesome, we have a tub in the guest bathroom that is almost never used. Do you know where I look to find one, or what to Google for? THanks!
 

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My mom has one of those! Hers is actually one that is hung (with screws) above the tub, and you can pull it out when you need it and hang things to dry. She mostly uses it for towels. I'm not describing it very well, but it expands, so it's not out all the time. A very useful item.
 

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Those "lay flat to dry" sweaters can also actually be hung to dry without ill effect. I used to work in a costume shop, and we often hung them with skirt hangers (the kind that have two pinch closures on a straight bar). If you put those near the shoulder seams, you won't generally see any stretching. Sleeveless sweaters also can be hung to dry on standard hangers in plastic or wood.<br><br><br>
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I take an old, broken baby gate and lay it across my bathtub, then turn the fan on. Things dry flat there pretty quickly.
 
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